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The Center Cannot Hold by Elyn R. Saks
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Jan 10, 2009

really liked it
Read in January, 2009

certainly a very informative and moving memoire about living with schizophrenia. i enjoyed reading the intimate description of the internal processes associated with psychotic episodes. it truly is unique in that way as few remain as cognitive intact as this author once diagnosed with schizophrenia. yet, i think this is story of a very privilged woman who was fortunate enough to have cognitive, social and financial resources to succeed while plagued by this often debilitating illness. many are not as fortunate to have the resources to afford almost daily psychoanalysis, and hospitalization in premiere institutions. many don't have a safetynet of loving and insightful friends and family when yet another experimentation with ceasing pharmacological treatment fails. the author makes a compelling point for patient autonomy but i wonder how that holds true for those whose options are involuntary medication vs a life on the streets.
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