Voluntary Madness: My Year Lost and Found in the Loony Bin
The journalist who famously lived as a man commits herself- literally
Norah Vincent's New York Timesbestselling book, Self-Made Man, ended on a harrowing note. Suffering from severe depression after her eighteen months living disguised as a man, Vincent felt she was a danger to herself. On the advice of her psychologist she committed herself to a mental institution. Out of this raw and overwhelming experience came the idea for her next book. She decided to get healthy and to study the effect of treatment on the depressed and insane "in the bin," as she calls it.
Vincent's journey takes her from a big city hospital to a facility in the Midwest and finally to an upscale retreat down south, as she analyzes the impact of institutionalization on the unwell, the tyranny of drugs-as-treatment, and the dysfunctional dynamic between caregivers and patients. Vincent applies brilliant insight as she exposes her personal struggle with depression and explores the range of people, caregivers, and methodologies that guide these strange, often scary, and bizarre environments. Eye opening, emotionally wrenching, and at times very funny, Voluntary Madnessis a riveting work that exposes the state of mental healthcare in America from the inside out.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser 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
LibraryThing ReviewUser 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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Voluntary Madness: Lost and Found in the Mental Healthcare System
Limited preview - 2008