Voluntary Madness: Lost and Found in the Mental Healthcare System

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Penguin, Dec 30, 2008 - Psychology - 304 pages
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From the author of The New York Times bestseller Self- Made Man, a captivating expose of depression and mental illness in America

Revelatory, deeply personal, and utterly relevant, Voluntary Madness is a controversial work that unveils the state of mental healthcare in the United States from the inside out. At the conclusion of her celebrated first book--Self-Made Man, in which she soent eighteen months disguised as a man-Norah Vincent found herself emotionally drained and severely depressed.

Determined but uncertain about maintaining her own equilibrium, she boldly committed herself to three different facilities-a big-city hospital, a private clinic in the Midwest, and finally an upscale retreat in the South. Voluntary Madness is the chronicle of Vincent's journey through the world of the mentally ill as she struggles to find her own health and happiness.

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User Review  - amaraduende - LibraryThing

I did not a) like the way this author writes. She turns phrases in an attempt be clever but usually just ends up writing something at best tangential to her main point. b) really like this author as a person. I did finish this book, which says something, but I wouldn't recommend it. Read full review

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User Review  - clarasayre - LibraryThing

Wow, a very good read for anyone who has dealt with, is currently dealing with mental illness or is working in that field. I'm definitely checking out her other book... Read full review

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Norah Vincent is the author of the New York Times bestseller Self-Made Man. Previously, she wrote a nationally syndicated op-ed column for the Los Angeles Times. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, The Village Voice, and The Washington Post. She lives in New York City.

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