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Life of the Mind Interrupted: Essays on Mental Health and Disability in Higher Education

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Academia isn’t an easy place to be if your brain isn’t quite right. Colleagues carelessly call each other “schizo” and “bipolar.” Another colleague is fired—easy enough to do these days, when most college teachers no longer have tenure—for “instability.” In these ways and many more, psychiatrically disabled people working in higher education are reminded every day that the ...more
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Published October 2017 by Raven Books
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Karrie Higgins
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Covering everything from the tenuous, terrifying tightrope walk of adjuncting-while-disabled to practical advice for classroom accessibility, Dr. Pryal not only dismantles academic ableism; she makes the case for how accessibility benefits everyone. An essential resource for anyone in academia or anyone interested in mental health, disability, and accessibility. I will be recommending it widely.
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Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The opening of Life of the Mind Interrupted: Essays on Mental Health and Disability in Higher Education (Raven Books) says, “This is a book about mental illness and academia. But this is also a book about so much more than that: it’s about grief and friendship, and collegiality, and accessibility, and tragedy.” Never has an opening line encapsulated a book so perfectly.

Katie Rose Pryal’s book was eye-opening. She has included a handy guide to vocabulary and as someone who is “normate,” many of t
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Melissa
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Life of the Mind Interrupted is a great resource for anyone -- and not just professors -- who wants to know and learn more about disability in higher education -- or really, anywhere. Pryal's collection of essays, originally published in popular outlets like Chronicle Vitae and Dame Magazine, is an excellent guide to the ways in which we can rethink our language, positions, and policies regarding disabled persons, particularly those with invisible and / or psychiatric disabilities, in profession ...more
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Wow. The subtitle might be "Essays on Mental Health and Disability in Higher Education," but the implications and knowledge reach far beyond higher ed. If you work with ANY HUMANS, there is something in this book for you. The chapters at the end on parenting sealed this for me as one of the best I've read this year.
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There aren't enough books about mental disability and higher education from the faculty perspective, chiefly because the faculty are too terrified to write them. And the ones that are out there (Elyn Saks and Kay Redfield Jamison) document supportive colleagues and institutions. But that's not the norm. Life of the Mind Interrupted gives a more realistic, pragmatic, and judicious view of "life of the mind" when one's mind is viewed as "broken."
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Katie is a novelist, freelance journalist, and erstwhile law professor in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She is the author of the Hollywood Lights Series, which includes ENTANGLEMENT (2015), LOVE AND ENTROPY (2015), CHASING CHAOS (2016), HOW TO STAY (2017), and FALLOUT GIRL (2018), all from Blue Crow Books. With Raven Books, she is the author of LIFE OF THE MIND INTERRUPTED: Essays on Mental Health ...more