Recovered, Not Cured: A Journey Through Schizophrenia

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Allen & Unwin, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 180 pages
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This very personal exploration of schizophrenia explores each stage, from the early signs and reactions from friends and family to seeking help and the challenges of recovery. McLean bravely shares his paranoid delusions and offers both a verbal and a visual experience by including digital artwork he created to help objectify and control his impulses and fears. As McLean relates his experiences step by step, issues of sexuality, identity, and drug abuse are discussed, along with the overarching issues relating to mental health and the medical profession. Messages from online posters who either have suffered from mental illness or have cared for the mentally ill are included throughout, adding more perspectives to the author's personal experiences. This powerful combination of words and pictures provides a unique and poignant insight into a hidden, internal world.

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RECOVERED, NOT CURED: A Journey Through Schizophrenia

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Recovered schizophrenic McLean offers a guided tour, complete with images, through the workings of his brain from the onset of his illness to the present day.McLean was a fairly ordinary, albeit ... Read full review

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McLean is one of the lucky: he journeyed through schizophrenia and survived relatively unscathed. This isn't to say that he didn't experience harrowing times, as voices relentlessly reprimanded him ... Read full review


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Page 37 - Run, rabbit run, dig that hole, forget the sun, and when at last the work is done, don't sit down it's time to dig another one. At work I started to register that people were making comments about me as I walked past. 'Have you got it yet?
Page 171 - I feel I'm missing out on the mystery of life sometimes when I disregard things as mere delusions. There's a grey area between a true mystical experience and one due to mental illness. Even before I became ill, I used to have experiences of a clairvoyant nature.
Page xi - They will tie me up, soak my feet in water and have goats lick my feet down to the bone, as described by a tour guide the day before.
Page 75 - There was no way I was going to let that happen. So I was adament that I did not need to see a doctor; indeed, I was quite abrupt with Mum.

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About the author (2003)

Richard McLean suffers from schizophrenia. He is a graphic artist and illustrator for The Age.

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