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The Day the Voices Stopped

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A nationally known spokesperson for the mentally ill offers hope and inspiration in this moving story of his decades-long struggle with schizophrenia and his remarkable recovery
ebook, 272 pages
Published August 1st 2008 by Basic Books (AZ) (first published January 1st 2001)
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Jennifer
Jun 16, 2008 Jennifer rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in the truth behind the disease known as schizophrenia
Shelves: greatreads
I remember the night my mother came up to the bedroom my brother shared with me and told me that my uncle, who had been missing for many months, had been found - under the ice in the Fens in downtown boston, close to where he was living at the time. My uncle started hearing voices in his late teens/early twenties, and had been missing or in institutions most of my young life. When we did see him, he was charming, artistically gifted, and quiet. But we did not see him often - only heard that he w ...more
Sujata
May 01, 2007 Sujata rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who work in mental health
if you wanna know what life is like for a schizophrenic and what it was like to try to navigate the mental health system during the second half of the 20th century, this would be a great place to start. a political and thoroughly engaging memoir.
Gina
This is a really important book for several reasons. The first is that it gives a very clear idea of what having schizophrenia is like. That insight is gravely needed for those who have not experienced, and I can imagine it being very helpful for families. Ken Steele tells you what it was like inside his head, and you can follow many periods of progress and setbacks.

The most amazing part is that there is a day when the voices do stop. It's an important reminder that there is hope. Even before t
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Rosa
Ken Steele penulis sekaligus tokoh utama dalam buku ini adalah seorang penderia skizofrenia. tanda umum yag biasanya dapat dijumpai pada penderita skzofrenia adalah adanya halusinasi (baik suara/visual),waham (merasa dirinya besar), kecenderungan bunuh diri, rendah diri, dan biasanya banyak dijumpai pada laki-laki (perempuan juga bisa kok, tergantung jenis skizofrenia, tetapi penyakit ini biasanya diwarsikan ke anak laki-laki).
nah, dalam kisah ini dipaparkan bagaimana masa kecil Ken yang hidup
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Estie
Ken Steele was a remarkable man and his remarkable story provides a glimpse into the mind and life of someone suffering from schizophrenia. He started hearing voices at age 14 and this book chronicles his descent in a full blown psychotic disorder, his many hospitalizations across the country, and his life on the streets. But aside from painting the picture of a very ill man, this memoir also shows the person beneath the illness - and how his beautiful humanness is always there just beneath the ...more
Jenna
This book changed my life and the way I look at people who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia, and the mental health system in general. I am currently a bio-medical student at Rutgers studying Psychological rehabilitation and we had to read this book for a literature review paper...but honestly, this assignment ended up becoming so much more to me. This man's book is so devastating, heart breaking, and at times it truly just makes you want to scream. All the lost cries of despair between the ...more
W
The story of Ken Steele, who from the ages of fourteen to forty-six battled persistent, vicious voices in his head and struggled with finding help for his schizophrenia.

[T]he voices were always waiting in the dark, prepared to take advantage of any opportunity, any slight break in my confidence, when they would take over and aim me toward self-destruction.

This memoir was incredibly intense, the kind of story that you don’t easily forget. Ken Steele’s daily struggles for over three decades broug
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Tara
Hard to read, but even harder to stop reading. I hope this book is as intense as it gets in this class, because I'm not sure I could handle much more. Steele hits rock-bottom -- broke, alone, suicidal, schizophrenic--and often turns to alcohol and prostitution in between his frequent stays at mental institutions. His voices do stop eventually, thanks to a new medication, and he dedicates the rest of his life to mental health care reform--how could he not, after the abuse and neglect he suffered ...more
Sydney Miller
Although people write memoirs all the time, I doubt many people with Schizophrenia could do a better job than Ken Steele. He showed the side of an issue most of us don't get the chance to see, or even know how to connect to. Dealing with Schizophrenia in a time when mental health wasn't at the top of society's priorities is not easy to give insight on to people, and I think he did a magnificent job. Normally in memoirs you would expect the author to have long, choppy, complicated sentences that ...more
Rini
Sep 05, 2007 Rini rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who like heavy things such schizoprenic, major depresson, personality disorders, etc.
I read this book and it left deep impression inside me. I have been approached by several people that have this illness in a scenario that god have sent to me. I know that they don't lose their abilities to think but they only cannot define which are the realities and which are the delusions. When i saw Hilda's update... it reminds me that i have read this book once. Really an intriguing issues, this schizoprenic things... and since i have read this book my eyes are open wide and never underesti ...more
Tracy
Haunting. Firstly because of the trauma of living with voices and hallucinations. Secondly because he became a lost person in the under-belly of our society and was a victim to much of the evil most of us, thankfully, never have to deal with and don't like to think about.

I feel like I understand much better the constant destructive dialogue that goes on in the mind of someone who hears voices. Very sad and quite upsetting section on life in the mental health system during the 1980s. Yet this bo
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Cheryl
Ken Steele describes his 30+ year struggle with schizophrenia and paints a vivid portrait of life bouncing between the streets and halfway houses while giving you a glimpse of the mental health system of the 1960s-90s from a patient's perspective.

I'm not sure I would have liked this book as much if I didn't work in mental health and it is pretty depressing as some other reviewers have pointed out, so don't pick this up if you're looking for a light read. However, this is by far the best of the
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Shaikha
What really gets me about this book is that its based on a TRUE story. Ken first heard the voices when he was 14: how he managed them the first time was so...sad. This book was probably the most heartbreaking book I ever read and just frustrating. I had to read his failures with his desire to get his life back together especially when his parents abandoned him.
And the way the book shows how Ken struggles with determining what's real and what's not and how the voices were just part of him. I don
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Alisa
I agree with all the positive reviews on here, but I also have to admit that it wasn't well written. It sagged in the middle. I knew he was writing about his experiences and they are valid and significant, but he was also writing a book. And the book become unenjoyable around pg 120.
Also, a lot of shaneless bragging. A lot.
Menoedh
Isinya tentang kisah nyata seorang penderita schizophrenia seumur hidup sampe....read it by yourself.

Nothing much to say, karena jalan ceritanya membosankan. Keluar masuk rumah sakit dan semacamnya, berulang-ulang bilang kalo tiap hari dia ngedengerin suara-suara di kepalanya, turn up being a hustler (tapi gue lupa dia gay atau ngga, atau dia ngga mau ngaku) But just that. Ngga dibuat menarik sama yang nulis, karena the exact word yang dibilang sama suara-suara di kepalanya ngga banyak ditulis a
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Asti S
Abis nonton drama ttg schizophrenia (It's okay, its love), jadi inget buku ini baca pas SMA. Kenal istilah Schizophrenia pertama kali juga dr buku ini. Udah lupa sih jalan ceritanya, tapi entah kenapa berbekas bgt buku ini di otak.
Nicole Nardone
Aug 16, 2007 Nicole Nardone added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adults
It was such an intriguing story to me, because my biggest fear in life is not dieing, but going insane (sorry if that's not p.c.). Perhaps because I feel myself on the brink of insanity; therefore Ken Steele's compelling true life story tapped into my personal fears and took me beyond that. Schizophrenia is the ultimate battle of the mind and reality, a battle that many people lose. After years of internal and societal combat Steele overcomees and takes his battle to a national level by encoura ...more
Gabby Harrell
This book was about this guy Ken Steele who had schizophrenia and his take on how he recovered. The book took you along with his crazy journey of being a kid and hearing the voices and all the way to when he was put in a mental hospital.
The book seemed interesting and since I'm intrested in that stuff I decided to read it. I regret that since it had some inappropriate material which I wasn't comfortable with. I mean the book was intresting but the part where he did some questionable things mad
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Mata
An autobiography by a schizophrenic, starting with when he first started hearing voices at 14, throughout his life in and out of mental hospitals and the streets, to his eventual rehabilitation through therapy and finding the one drug that made the voices in his head stop. I’ve always assumed the mental health system was horrible, but his story is detailed on exactly how dismal it was and why it does not work to help people suffering from mental disorders. Also, on a personal level, I think he d ...more
Mayday
Buku tentang orang, yang oleh orang sini, akan dianggap orang gila. Buku pertama yang saya baca yang berhubungan dengan gangguan kejiwaan yang membuat saya bisa bersimpati dengan orang-orang yang punya "mental disability" seperti ini.

Institusi tempat dia ditampung kacau, udah mirip juvie atau penjara untuk dewasa lengkap dengan rantai predator. Dibully dan diperkosa pun penjaganya kayak pasrah aja ada yang digituin. Keluar dari institusinya, dia diperalat orang untuk jadi pelacur.

Saat itu umur
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Susan
Such a great account on the nature of schizophrenia. Chronicles the struggles of navigating society with the stigma of mental illness.
Justin Hall
I thought this book was well done. It was full of tense and thrilling situations that make you want to read ahead just to find out what happens, but at the same time has you close to tears and full of hope for Kenneth Steele Jr. I think this book would be a great read for anyone who is going through hard times in their life whether it be mental, social, physical, or just any other problem. This book will give hope as you learn about a man's struggle to survive one of the rarest diseases there is ...more
K.L. Randis
One of the required readings for a college course that I was completely engrossed in
Juliana Liusiska
Cara penyampaian cerita yang detail. Menggunakan bahasa yang simple sehingga pembaca tidak perlu bersusah payah membaca ulang untuk mengerti maksud dari si penulis.

Salah satu kisah nyata yang menggugah hati. Walaupun sudah divonis dokter bahwasanya Ken tidak akan pernah bisa sembuh dari penyakit Skizofrenik nya, namun mukjizat berkata lain.
Suara-suara yang selama 32 tahun menemaninya dan menyiksanya secara batin kini hilang ditelan bumi.

Pesan moral: Masih ada harapan dalam segala keadaan yang an
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Gregory Soderberg
Heart-breaking, yet filled with hope!
Allison
It was fascinating to read. Ken describes his experiences - I can truly hear the voices in his head, yelling at him. He describes very well how the voices in his head drive away completely his ability to hear anything BUT them. He describes all the medications he tried.

Then, when the voices finally stop... he's confused and off-kilter. Fascinating.

After all he's been through, it amazed me that he had the energy to begin advocating for the mentally ill.

His book was inspirational.
Angie
This is among my most beloved books. A heartbreaking story of a young man plaqued with Schizoprenia, his journey through the mental health community and his final acceptance and control of his illness and mental health. The parallel with my brother's experiences really made me connect with this story. Tears poured down my face while reading.

I wholeheartedly recommend this book to everybody. Whether somebody you know has been plaqued with this horrible disease or not...
Elisse
This is an amazing first person story about schizophrenia. It is a hard story to read, because the author had such a difficult life. By his description, he was abandoned by his parents in his teens when he developed schizophrenia and struggled to survive multiple hospitalizations and life on the street. He finally is placed on effective medication late in his life and is able to begin to help others who are trying to navigate the mental health system in the US.
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aduh baca buku ini bikin pusing karena merupakan catatan seorang skizofrenik jadinya banyak dimensi kehidupan lain yang enggak ada di kehidupan normal tertuang di sini. Blurred world...aneh..Makanya saya baca novel ini juga lama..ibu saya yang baca juga berkomentar negatif terhadap buku ini.. apa yah..oh yah bikin pusing juga..Tapi untuk mahasiswa fakultas psikologi novel ini bagus juga untuk tahu bagaimana kehidupan skizofrenia itu dan gejala-gejalanya..
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