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Voluntary Madness by Norah Vincent
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Mar 13, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: autobiography-memoir, non-fiction, own-it
Read from March 03 to 12, 2012

An excellent immersive study of the current state of mental health facilities and a highly readable book. Ms Vincent spent time as a patient in three very different institutions and wrote about her experiences. As one who had been institutionalized previously for depression, it was easy for her to gain admittance to these programs and as a patient, she brought a unique perspective to the project. Her journey was as real as it gets and her conclusions surprised her. The honesty with which she writes caused the reader to develop a deep empathy for her and established a connection for the reader to understand how someone can get lost within the system. She used nicknames for fellow inmates, and was therefore able to write about their struggles and their weaknesses quite frankly. I won't say I enjoyed it, exactly, but it certainly held my interest.

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