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Is There No Place on Earth for Me? by Susan Sheehan
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May 01, 2012

it was amazing

I just found a list of books on women and madness and realized I had read most of them for the classes I teach and work I do but hadn't thought to review them here. However, this book did not make the list and of all of the books I have read on this subject, it is the one I would most strongly recommend. Sheehan followed a young woman with schizophrenia for a year and, here, charts her long history with psychiatric disability and troubled relationships with systems of care, service providers, and well-meaning but personally-restricting family members. It is somewhat a critique of institutional care but also - and here is where I think it is especially good - an honest portrayal of a young woman's many attempts at normalcy (whatever that means).
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