9781401301385-140130138X-The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness

The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness

ISBN-13: 9781401301385
ISBN-10: 140130138X
Edition: 1
Author: Saks, Elyn R.
Publication date: 2007
Publisher: Hachette Books
Format: Hardcover 352 pages
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ISBN-13: 9781401301385
ISBN-10: 140130138X
Edition: 1
Author: Saks, Elyn R.
Publication date: 2007
Publisher: Hachette Books
Format: Hardcover 352 pages

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Acknowledged authors Saks, Elyn R. wrote The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness comprising 352 pages back in 2007. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 140130138X and 9781401301385. Since then The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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Elyn Saks is a success by any measure: she's an endowed professor at the prestigious University of Southern California Gould School of Law. She has managed to achieve this in spite of being diagnosed as schizophrenic and given a "grave" prognosis--and suffering the effects of her illness throughout her life. Saks was only eight, and living an otherwise idyllic childhood in sunny 1960s Miami, when her first symptoms appeared in the form of obsessions and night terrors. But it was not until she reached Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar that her first full-blown episode, complete with voices in her head and terrifying suicidal fantasies, forced her into a psychiatric hospital. Saks would later attend Yale Law School where one night, during her first term, she had a breakdown that left her singing on the roof of the law school library at midnight. She was taken to the emergency room, force-fed antipsychotic medication, and tied hand-and-foot to the cold metal of a hospital bed. She spent the next five months in a psychiatric ward. So began Saks's long war with her own internal demons and the equally powerful forces of stigma. Today she is a chaired professor of law who researches and writes about the rights of the mentally ill. She is married to a wonderful man. In The Center Cannot Hold, Elyn Saks discusses frankly and movingly the paranoia, the inability to tell imaginary fears from real ones, and the voices in her head insisting she do terrible things, as well as the many obstacles she overcame to become the woman she is today. It is destined to become a classic in the genre.

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