Dec 19, 07
anyone interested in mental health issues
The author, Elyn Saks, is an academic (Yale Law School, Oxford scholar, etc.) who has struggled with schizophrenia all her life. It's very well written and easy to read. As an MD, I was interested about the mental health issues raised in the book and what schizophrenic persons are really experiencing when they talk about "delusions" and "hallucinations". As a Christian, I wondered about the spiritual aspect of schizophrenia. For instance, I noticed that the author was incredibly self-absorbed and almost self-idolatrous. I know that schizophrenia has a biological aspect but I wondered about the nature versus nurture effect. How much is brought about by endlessly being neurotic about one's thoughts and emotions? Also, the author was extremely accomplished in her fields of academia and was constantly driven by the thought of failure. A simple setback would unhinge her schizophrenia. Interesting read nonetheless.