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Read the #1 Amazon bestseller that tackles mental illness with a “refreshing and raw honesty.”

Early in her career, Katie Pryal learned that being a professor isn’t easy if your brain isn’t quite right.

“I was a junior in college when I finally realized that I was different in a way that my medically inclined parents would call ‘clinical.’”

In these deeply personal, fiery ess
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Kindle Edition, 181 pages
Published October 2017 by Raven Books
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Tato
Dec 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book tackles such an important issue that we, as a society, often fail to understand. Talking openly about their disabilities can be difficult for many people, and the author captures the many physical and mental challenges that certain disabilities can pose. I liked the book, but I did not like the writing. There were a lot of typos and mistakes, and I was slightly disappointed to find out the book was composed of chapters preciously published online on Chronicle of Higher Ed, Women in Hig ...more
Catherine
This is a quick read of a book - a series of excellent essays on mental health and disability in higher ed. If I had one complaint it's that I could have read so many more of these essays - I wished the book were longer! But the essays that are included are rich with detail, careful thought, and clear lines of what is just and unjust. I saw myself in many of the things Pryal writes about, and my students in others, and overall I loved the vision of a better higher ed. system that's at the heart ...more
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.
Katie
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
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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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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
Kate Rock
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jenny Whetzel
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book brings up good questions, concerns and ideas. The author is very honest in this boook.
Jennifer Unterbrink
Jul 24, 2019 rated it liked it
I would have liked to have seen a little more transition from chapter to chapter. Content was good though
Catherine
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ROSE GUEST PRYAL is the author of novels, including ENTANGLEMENT, CHASING CHAOS, and FALLOUT GIRL, and nonfiction, including LIFE OF THE MIND INTERRUPTED: Essays on Mental Health and Disability in Higher Education and EVEN IF YOU'RE BROKEN: Essays on Sexual Assault and #MeToo. She writes for CATAPULT, the CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, and other magazines. She lives in North Carolina.

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