Whatever your image of an individual with schizophrenia, I am willing to bet it is not Elyn Saks. Perhaps you think of the malodorous woman who sits on a park. “The Center Cannot Hold should be read by anyone interested psychiatric hospital. Saks would later attend Yale Law School ELYN R. SAKS. liJHYPERIONI. THE CENTER CANNOT HOLD: MY JOURNEY THROUGH MADNESS But it is the briefest bio on the inside, telling us that author Elyn Saks is.

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I became very cannpt. My Journey Through Madness. Like Ellen Saks, I am endeavoring to write a book about how I helped my son recover from schizophrenia. High-functioning people with schizophrenia are vanishingly rare.

She makes it clear that she had a large and devoted support network of coworkers, dear friends, doctors, and family members, and makes it equally clear she wouldn’t have been able to survive let alone flourish without them, so that makes the invisible money supply even more odd. Now, as a professor at USC she is a leading expert in mental health law. Mar 16, Marina rated it it was amazing. You might as well discount any other factor.

Weird things like that, which are obviously terrifying. Sep 26, Steve rated it really liked it. This was difficult to read. For me the main downside was reading it before bed was stressing me out and giving me bad dreams, especially the parts about forced hospitalizations and being in four-point restraints.

She has brought her personal and professional experience to bear on the ethico-legal problems of psychiatry: Retrieved on December 31,from https: She has also struggled with schizophrenia since her late teens, and relates her experie I found this memoir to be truly impressive.

X – Enter Your Location. For those who have loved ones with a mental health disorder, especially a psychotic-related disorder, it is a good way to gain insight their experience.


And yet she has, and this book is the story of her battle through madness, searching for some understanding of the illness she is both fighting and trying to accept as part of herself. I had loving and caring parents. Many are studying toward college or graduate degrees.

Analysis in centef cases would be pointless. Saks will remain the author of a good book She insists on abandoning the meds. So it’s a kind of floor below which I don’t go. She herself teaches at a top law school, has had psychoanalytic training, has written a number of scholarly articles and is married to a kind and understanding man. It helped me come to terms with my own struggles, and how I can continue fighting and moving forward despite them.

It is remarkable that she was able to go through her battles with mental illness yold still holding on to that essential part of herself, her intellect and her need to keep learning and pushing herself.

In point of fact, the book really irked holx in places, I think because it just plain made me jealous However, her insistence on always having been the best at everything, ever “I was valedictorian I imagine cente people simply stay sick all their lives but I would hope many more do not, or not to the same degree.

You are an inspiration. I’m mostly thinking clearly.

Of the several memoirs of mental illness I’ve read, this book offers the most convincing dialogue of psychotic and depressed cha The Center Cannot Hold offers a rare peek into the raging mind of a schizophrenic.

How come I couldn’t do all that sakd

What was that like? I was not alive in the s and even though I was aware that mental health treatment has come a long way, I was shocked by how she was treated in the United States. They are successful technicians, and medical, legal and business professionals.

Is this how things elhn are, that is cannto say, the usual when a person has schizophrenia? Susan Jonsson at October 31, If she is still alive, I wonder how she is doing. And since her late teens, battling with schizophrenia: But was psychoanalysis really the key? Mostly I form delusional beliefs, like that I have killed lots of people with my thoughts, or people are setting off nuclear explosions in my brain, or my brain’s going to leak out of my ears and drown people.


This prompted me to look at the times in my life I was the most miserable and when I was the happiest. Want to Read saving…. This book has and still can do wonders for the mental health community as it brings empathy and understanding to something that is often marginalized in our society.

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You may look to Elyn Saks with some jealousy but I look to you with more admiration than I do to her. I felt downright disagreeable at times! A person can be xannot and not be burdened with paranoia; she just might not have a job like Elyn does.

When you have schizophrenia, and sometimes even if you do not, you hunger to know more. I read the book hoping to understand the illness and to discover what if anything I can do to support my son.

The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness

Given how severely mental illness disables people, and how much of her work was originally with the very poor, very mentally ill, this seems a sizable omission, especially in such an honest and thorough recollection. I would rather have a low-stress job and virtually no symptoms than to be a law professor and be dogged by psychiatric problems.

Keep in mind that the author readily admits that she has many xaks case scenarios” when dealing with her mental illness: