Welcome to My Country

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Random House, 1996 - Medical - 199 pages
Lauren Slater, a brilliant writer and a young therapist, chronicles her remarkable personal and professional journeys in this extraordinary memoir of her work with mentally and emotionally ill patients. Closing the distance between "us" and "them", Slater transports the reader into a country where patients are suffering from schizophrenia and depression. As the young psychologist responds to, reflects on, and re-creates her interactions with the dispossessed, she offers a deeper understanding of the complexities of the human mind and spirit. And then, in a stunning final chapter, the psychologist confronts herself, when she is asked to treat a young woman, bulimic and suicidal, who is on the same ward where Slater herself was once such a patient.

Like An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison, Listening to Prozac by Peter Kramer, and Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen, Welcome to My Country is a beautifully written, captivating, and revealing book, an unusual personal and professional memoir that brings readers closer to understanding themselves, one another, and the human condition.

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Welcome to my Country is a great book that effectively shows what it means to be diagnosed with a mental illness. It is nothing to be treated lightly. To do so would be insensitive. I was quite ... Read full review

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User Review  - Y2Ash - LibraryThing

Welcome to my Country is a great book that effectively shows what it means to be diagnosed with a mental illness. It is nothing to be treated lightly. To do so would be insensitive. I was quite ... Read full review

Contents

WELCOME TO MY COUNTRY
3
STRIPTEASE
37
SOME KIND OF CLEANSING
65
Copyright

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Lauren Slater is a psychologist and writer. She is the author of Opening Skinner's Box and Blue Beyond Blue, among other books. She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.

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