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The Resource The center cannot hold : my journey through madness, Elyn R. Saks

The center cannot hold : my journey through madness, Elyn R. Saks

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The center cannot hold : my journey through madness
Title
The center cannot hold
Title remainder
my journey through madness
Statement of responsibility
Elyn R. Saks
Title variation
My journey through madness
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Elyn Saks is a success by any measure: she's an endowed professor at the prestigious University of Southern California Gould School of Law. She has managed to achieve this in spite of being diagnosed as schizophrenic and given a "grave" prognosis -- and suffering the effects of her illness throughout her life. Saks was only eight, and living an otherwise idyllic childhood in sunny 1960s Miami, when her first symptoms appeared in the form of obsessions and night terrors. But it was not until she reached Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar that her first full-blown episode, complete with voices in her head and terrifying suicidal fantasies, forced her into a psychiatric hospital. Saks would later attend Yale Law School where one night, during her first term, she had a breakdown that left her singing on the roof of the law school library at midnight. She was taken to the emergency room, force-fed antipsychotic medication, and tied hand-and-foot to the cold metal of a hospital bed. She spent the next five months in a psychiatric ward. So began Saks's long war with her own internal demons and the equally powerful forces of stigma. Today she is a chaired professor of law who researches and writes about the rights of the mentally ill. She is married to a wonderful man. In The Center Cannot Hold, Elyn Saks discusses frankly and movingly the paranoia, the inability to tell imaginary fears from real ones, and the voices in her head insisting she do terrible things, as well as the many obstacles she overcame to become the woman she is today
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BTCTA
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1955-
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Saks, Elyn R.
Dewey number
  • 616.89/82/0092
  • B
  • 616.89/80092
  • B
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Saks, Elyn R
  • Gould School of Law
  • University of California, San Diego
  • Saks, Elyn R
  • Saks, Elyn R
  • Gould School of Law
  • University of California, San Diego. School of Medicine
  • Schizophrenics
  • Mental illness
  • Schizophrenia
  • Schizophrenics
  • Mental illness
  • Schizophrenia
  • Schizophrenics
Label
The center cannot hold : my journey through madness, Elyn R. Saks
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Publication
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
ocn148726600
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
340 pages
Isbn
9781401309442
Lccn
2008298368
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)148726600
Label
The center cannot hold : my journey through madness, Elyn R. Saks
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn148726600
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
340 pages
Isbn
9781401309442
Lccn
2008298368
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)148726600

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