Voluntary madness : my year lost and found in the loony bin /

Norah Vincent's last book left her emotionally drained. Suffering from severe depression, Vincent felt she was a danger to herself. On the advice of her psychologist she committed herself to a mental institution. Out of this raw and overwhelming experience came the idea for her next book. She d...

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Main Author: Vincent, Norah. (Author)
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Language:English
Published:New York : Viking, 2008.
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Main Author:Vincent, Norah.
Summary:Norah Vincent's last book left her emotionally drained. Suffering from severe depression, Vincent felt she was a danger to herself. On the advice of her psychologist she committed herself to a mental institution. Out of this raw and overwhelming experience came the idea for her next book. She decided to get healthy and to study the effect of treatment on the depressed and insane "in the bin," as she calls it. Vincent's journey takes her from a big city hospital to a facility in the Midwest and finally to an upscale retreat down south, as she analyzes the impact of institutionalization on the unwell, the tyranny of drugs-as-treatment, and the dysfunctional dynamic between caregivers and patients. Vincent exposes her personal struggle insightfully as she explores the range of people, caregivers, and methodologies that guide these strange, often scary, and bizarre environments.--From publisher description.

From the author of The New York Times bestseller Self- Made Man , a captivating expose of depression and mental illness in America

Revelatory, deeply personal, and utterly relevant, Voluntary Madness is a controversial work that unveils the state of mental healthcare in the United States from the inside out. At the conclusion of her celebrated first book-- Self-Made Man , in which she soent eighteen months disguised as a man-Norah Vincent found herself emotionally drained and severely depressed.

Determined but uncertain about maintaining her own equilibrium, she boldly committed herself to three different facilities-a big-city hospital, a private clinic in the Midwest, and finally an upscale retreat in the South. Voluntary Madness is the chronicle of Vincent's journey through the world of the mentally ill as she struggles to find her own health and happiness.

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Physical Description:287 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN:0670019712
070118177X
9780670019717
9780701181772
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Norah Vincent is the author of the New York Times bestseller Self-Made Man . Previously, she wrote a nationally syndicated op-ed column for the Los Angeles Times . Her work has also appeared in The New York Times , The New Republic , The Village Voice , and The Washington Post . She lives in New York City.

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