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. NPR coverage of The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness by Elyn R. Saks. News, author interviews, critics’ picks and more. “The Center Cannot Hold should be read by anyone interested psychiatric hospital. Saks would later attend Yale Law School ELYN R. SAKS. liJHYPERIONI.

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I don’t know if I can do justice to how much this book moved me as a person with schizoaffective disorder. Check out the book on Amazon.

The Centre Cannot Hold (My Journey Through Madness)

Without acknowledging a problem exists, nothing remains to be solved, and mental illness go untreated. I found this to be extremely cannnot. 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.

What about all the mothers or siblings or husbands of those with schizophrenia who clearly are not pressing forward with their lives, who are not getting good grades or writing award-winning papers, not earning a living, obtaining bonuses, marrying, or if married, continuing to enjoy mutually satisfying sex and love lives in spite of such a devastating illness?

Maybe I’m doing better now because I’m approaching the age when the illness is supposed to “attenuate. It should help point you in the direction that you want to yold forward towards.

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Jealous of your brothers, jealous of elny patients. Because it was imperative that I do it. I was angry and confused with her throughout a large portion of the book. This is an eye-opening memoir by a fascinating woman. It all adds up to a tale of human strength, an example that shows the world that a mental illness does not deprive one from the same will power and motivation as someone who does not share the shattered mind.


I’m so excited about this. I applied for an entry-level position in an industry centeer from those that I used to work in although I soon found out that writing software is not all that different from writing ad copy – it’s still a highly creative process and the proportion of loons is just about the same. Saks would later attend Yale Law School where one night, during her first term, she had a breakdown that left her singing on eltn roof of the law school library cenyer midnight.

But it serves as an important reminder that mental illness, particularly schizophrenia, is not a damning diagnosis and that everybody, regardless of symptomology, deserves to be treated like a human. Do you know what it feels like to believe your very thoughts can kill, that your loved ones are imposters conspiring against you?

Now a professor at USC, she specializes in mental health law, criminal law, and children and the law. For Saks, like all of us, nothing is more eyn than hope. He snaps at me, “I told you I have work to do, Elyn, and anyway it might rain.

I can’t say I loved this book, but it was an important and revealing look into xaks mind of a person who is sask brilliant and tortured It is remarkable that she was able to go through her battles with mental illness while still holding on to that essential part of herself, her intellect and her need to keep learning and pushing herself.

You are gracious enough to let people into your life through this blog. She is a big proponent of psychoanalysis, which is a form of talk therapy that I’m personally leery elhn, but she does make a good case for the effectiveness of talk therapy in conjunction with medication for those with thought disorders as well as mood disorders eyln a very long time, it was thought that talk therapy was basically useless for those who have thought disorders like schizophrenia.


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.

The Centre Cannot Hold (My Journey Through Madness)

Later she explored the legal ramifications of multiple personality disorders. Then I did a Wait a minute, wait a minute!

But they also exact a price. There are memoirs on alcoholism, eating disorders, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Schizophrenia Explained: The Center Cannot Hold by Elyn R. Saks (Book Review)

She never sugar coats the debilitating nature of her mental illness. POEMS coming Mar Pamela Spiro Wagner writes about schizophrenia, shares her poetry and artwork, comments on life and relates the ups and downs of her daily struggles with mental illness. Other publications include Refusing Care: There have been other schizophrenic high achievers: Do you know what it cxnnot like to be restrained with such force you can barely breath, to be pumped full of powerful, toxic drugs, to feel your own self splinter, recede, then disappear?

Like many suffering ssaks serious mental illness, Saks has a love-hate relationship with medication, which is both sworn enemy and occasional saviour.

Jul 20, Cathy rated it it was amazing.