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Center Cannot Hold, The: My Journey Through Madness
by Elyn R. Saks

Published: 2008-08-12
Paperback : 368 pages
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Elyn R. Saks is an esteemed professor, lawyer, and psychiatrist and is the Orrin B. Evans Professor of Law, Psychology, Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California Law School, yet she has suffered from schizophrenia for most of her life, and still has ...
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Elyn R. Saks is an esteemed professor, lawyer, and psychiatrist and is the Orrin B. Evans Professor of Law, Psychology, Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California Law School, yet she has suffered from schizophrenia for most of her life, and still has ongoing major episodes of the illness. The Center Cannot Hold is the eloquent, moving story of Elyn's life, from the first time that she heard voices speaking to her as a young teenager, to attempted suicides in college, through learning to live on her own as an adult in an often terrifying world. Saks discusses frankly the paranoia, the inability to tell imaginary fears from real ones, the voices in her head telling her to kill herself (and to harm others); as well the incredibly difficult obstacles she overcame to become a highly respected professional. This beautifully written memoir is destined to become a classic in its genre.

The title is a line from "The Second Coming," a poem by William Butler Yeats, which is alluded to in the book.

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  "Very Revealing"by Abby0814 (see profile) 12/08/11

 
  "We all loved it!"by StaceySchwartz (see profile) 04/16/09

Had great conversation, loved the writing, was very impressed with Elyn Saks and her ability to convey an accurate depiction of someone with mental illness.

 
  "Fasinating book about mental illness"by ftl_gator (see profile) 04/02/09

Very interesting book about living with mental illness - the trials, the stigma but also about perseverance over obstacles. The only reason I didn't rank it higher is because I thought the book could... (read more)

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