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Is There No Place on Earth for Me
Is There No Place on Earth for Me | Susan Sheehan
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This renowned journalist's classic Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation of schizophrenianow reissued with a new postscriptfollows a flamboyant and fiercely intelligent young woman as she struggles in the throes of mental illness. Sylvia Frumkin was born in 1948 and began showing signs of schizophrenia in her teens. She spent the next seventeen years in and out of mental institutions. In 1978, reporter Susan Sheehan took an interest in her and, for more than two years, became immersed in her life: talking with her, listening to her monologues, sitting in on consultations with doctorseven, for a period, sleeping in the bed next to her in a psychiatric center. With Sheehan, we become witness to Sylvias plight: her psychotic episodes, the medical struggle to control her symptoms, and the overburdened hospitals that, more often than not, she was obliged to call home. The resulting book, first published in 1982, was hailed as an extraordinary achievement: harrowing, humanizing, moving, and bitingly funny. Now, some two decades later, Is There No Place on Earth for Me? continues to set the standard for accounts of mental illness.
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charl08
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"I think she's a genius at being insane."

Impressive book based o following "Sylvia Frumkin " as she cycles in and out of public mental health facilities in the 70s. Having the patience to record and reflect on her records, unlike the doctors, it's really clear how inadequate her treatment was...

Crazeedi Adding! 6mo
charl08 @Crazeedi I really admire the author: thankless job, but so important. 6mo
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Every so often I read a book about mental health treatment to educate myself. This is a genre classic.

julesG 😁😁 6mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Yikes! That‘s sad! 6mo
Aimeesue 😯😯😯 6mo
charl08 @julesG @JanuarieTimewalker13 @Aimeesue It's nearly fifty years old but still a great read. 6mo
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