Professor of psychiatry Elyn R. Saks writes about her struggle with schizophrenia in this unflinching account of her mental illness. In The Center Cannot Hold, Saks draws readers into a nightmare world of medications, a misguided health care system, and social stigmas. But she would not be defeated. With a strength and force of will that most can only imagine, Saks reclaimed her life and went on to achieve great success. "In this engrossing memoir, Saks ... demonstrates a novelist's skill of creating character, dialogue and suspense."-Publishers Weekly, starred review
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"At age 8, Saks experienced night terrors, possibly the first sign of her schizophrenia. By adolescence she began to battle phantom voices, delusions, hallucinations, and a medical industry that tried to overmedicate and isolate her. Compassionate psychiatrists, friends, and her husband balance this picture, but above all stands the courageous and intelligent woman herself, who, despite all, got a degree from Yale Law School and became a professor at USC. Alma Cuervo imbues this memoir with nuanced tones that reflect the author's emotions: the fear that overtakes her when delusions set in, her the denial that she has a mental illness and her hope to be well, the loneliness and isolation she feels, and her strength to keep going. S.W. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"
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