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Surviving Madness: A Therapist's Own Story

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Betty Berzon, renowned psychotherapist and author of the bestselling book Permanent Partners, tells her own incredible story here. Berzon’s journey from psychiatric patient on suicide watch—her wrists tethered to the bed rails in a locked hospital ward—to her present role as a groundbreaking therapist and gay pioneer makes for purely compelling reading.
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 29th 2002 by University of Wisconsin Press
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Neil Mudde
Apr 29, 2012 Neil Mudde rated it it was amazing
An amazing story about Betty Berzon renowned pschychotherapist, who tells about her background, her time spent in an asylum being on suicide watch, being locked up, to becoming a grounbreaking therapist and gay pioneer in the work focussing on theraputic means of developing healthy gay relationships and overcoming homophobia. Along the way she encounters Anais Nin, a picture op+ interview with Eleanor Roosevelt,Evelyn Hooker, the Sitwells, Paul Monette, there are some great historical notes.
Aug 22, 2014 Christina rated it it was ok
Shelves: memoirs-essays, lgbt
This reads like a biography, not a memoir (as in, it's a recounting of her life, not just a lens into a specific aspect). Although some parts were interesting, overall it was very bland and boring. The "madness" she goes through is nothing compared to that of many other memoirists.

Instead of delving deep into her specific stories of therapy, she prefers to gloat about her contribution to the GLBT liberation movement. Yawn. If I wanted to read a history book, I would have done so.
Jun 21, 2012 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I received a copy of this book in a gift bag at the 2012 Lambda Literary Awards. I'm embarassed, now, to say that I knew very little about Betty Berzon. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to read the story of this remarkable woman, who gave so much to the lesbian and gay community. Berzon is the author of several books, including "Positively Gay: New Approaches to Gay & Lesbian Life" and "The Intimacy Dance: A Guide to Long-Term Success in Gay & Lesbian Relationships."
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Betty Berzon was an American author and psychotherapist known for her work with the gay and lesbian communities.

Berzon was among the first psychotherapists to assist gay and lesbian clients. After coming out as a lesbian in 1968, she began providing therapy to gays and lesbians, and in 1971, she organized the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center as well as an organization of gays
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