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. NPR coverage of The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness by Elyn R. Saks. News, author interviews, critics’ picks and more. “The Center Cannot Hold should be read by anyone interested psychiatric hospital. Saks would later attend Yale Law School ELYN R. SAKS. liJHYPERIONI.

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Elyn Saks suffers from schizophrenia and says she wrote this book to demonstrate that people with this illness can lead rich and successful lives.

Now, home again, I finished the book: If you feel like sending me your own reviews or opinions, I will put them up on my next blog page if you give me permission. My goal is to put them back together again and Elyn gives me hope that it can happen. I am very glad you are back.

I found this memoir to be truly rhe.

Your blog is filled with personal wisdom. Of the several memoirs of mental illness I’ve read, this book offers the most convincing dialogue of psychotic and depressed cha The Center Cannot Hold offers a rare peek into the raging mind of a schizophrenic.

The creative world wasn’t offering that challenge. The author was able to live a fulfilling life with a career, friends, and marriage. Then I did a Wait a minute, wait a minute! Your purchases will help support the costs of running rtor. Her decades-long resistance to medication finally ends and it’s quite clear she is able to do what she does only while sais medication, but she still places all her emphasis on talk therapy not surprising — she went on for psychoanalytic training.


Sometimes she saw herself as the Lady of the Charts who was an impostor in her professional life — and at other times she denied that she was ill and didn’t need medication she always decompensated when testing this hypothesis.

The Centre Cannot Hold (My Journey Through Madness)

I’ve killed you three times today. Feel free to discard or discount everything that you think unworthy of me or just plain disagreeable.

In this book, Saks is nothing but her raw, talented, and honest self. If you don’t fit into that category you’re well off and have a family that can afford to keep you fed, housed, and looking cleanyou’re simply weird.

I can only hope to be as successful as she in the academic world one day, as it takes a lot of amb A truly eye-opening book.

There is no longer a sturdy vantage point from which to look out, take things in, assess what’s happening. I know I wasn’t fulfilling my potential but I was resigned to the fact that I couldn’t aspire for more because my history of mental illness effectively created a glass ceiling. My psychosis is a waking nightmare, in which my demons are so terrifying that all my angels have already fled.

Today she is a chaired professor of law who researches and writes about the rights of the mentally ill. Jul 28, Robert rated it it was amazing.

My parents were both outspoken in their disgust for religious or racial bigotry. For my mother, it was always “Anything you want, dear,” just as it had been for her mother.


The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness

I am a mom with an adult son who may be schizophrenic. As I chafed against the repetition of this vicious cycle, I thought “Could I really be this cold and lacking in empathy? You, despite your ongoing struggle with schizophrenia, are a success story. There were two central things I took away from her writing: I am only too aware of invoking the bittersweet feelings of those people who canmot fully recovered in the way they would like.

High-functioning people with mood disorders like depression or bipolar disorder are all around; many of them manage to hide their illness very effectively. Given the extreme stigmatization of schizophrenics think any episode of ‘Law and Order,’ practicallythe writing-off of the mentally ill and the continental shift from therapy to medication, hild experiences and viewpoint are important.

She touches on her own personal experiences with hospitalization, the use of restraints, and medication compliance but also ties it into the broader legal implications of decisions like hhe. Journal List Ulster Med J v.

The Center Cannot Hold

Time is too old. Jul 19, Rebecca rated it liked it. She brings home the point so poignantly that the mentally ill deserve respect in all situations, something that can easily be lost in translation in a medical or professional setting.