The Center Cannot Hold



The Center Cannot Hold 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 It is destined to become a classic in the genre. Free Download eBook The Center Cannot Hold by Elyn R. Saks – bluevapours.co.uk

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  • Hardcover
  • 340 pages
  • The Center Cannot Hold
  • Elyn R. Saks
  • English
  • 06 October 2018
  • 140130138X

13 thoughts on “The Center Cannot Hold

  1. Robert says:

    It s a little sad and frustrating when people read this and say things like whenever she s off her meds, she has an episode, she should just stay on them.The most difficult thing in treating mentally ill people is getting them to take and stay on their meds for reasons she details in her book First, there are usually pretty severe side effects such as permanent nerve damage that causes you to twitch and spasm constantly, have trouble thinking clearly, have no energy and put on a lot of weigh It s a little sad and frustrating when people read this and say things like whenever she s off her meds, she has an episode, she should just stay on them.The most difficult thing in treating mentally ill people is getting them to take and stay on their meds for reasons she details in her book First, there are usually pretty severe side effects such as permanent nerve damage that causes you to twitch and spasm constantly, have trouble thinking clearly, have no energy and put on a lot of weight Second, when you re...

  2. Always Pouting says:

    This is a memoir by a lawyer who has severe schizophrenia and talks about struggling to deal with it while getting through school and then using her unique insight into it to help others with mental illness If anyone likes TED talks I know the author has one where she discusses it also I enjoyed the TED talkthan the actual memoir mostly because TED talks force you to cut down to the most important events or ideas but the memoir seemed to drag in a lot of places It s interesting but at t This is a memoir by a lawyer who has severe schizophrenia and talks about struggling to deal with it while getting through school and then using her unique insight into it to help others with mental illness If anyone likes TED talks I know the author has one where she discusses it also I enjoyed the TED talkthan the actual memoir mostly because TED talks force you to cut down to the most important events or ideas but ...

  3. William2 says:

    I have this fascination for mental health memoirs I ve read about a dozen or so, among them Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, which is brilliant, one of the essential books of my life Memoirs of My Nervous Illness by Daniel Paul Schreiber Awakenings by Oliver Sacks, thisof a multi persona biography than a memoir William Styron s Darkness Visible Kay Redfield Jamison s An Unquiet Mind Andrew Solomon s The Noonday Demon Frigyes Karinthy s A Journey Round My Skull and The Co I have this fascination for mental health memoirs I ve read about a dozen or so, among them Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, which is brilliant, one of the essential books of my life Memoirs of My Nervous Illness by Daniel Paul Schreiber Awakenings by Oliver Sacks, thisof a multi persona biography than a memoir William Styron s Darkness Visible Kay Redfield Jamison s An Unquiet Mind Andrew Solomon s The Noonday Demon Frigyes Karinthy s A Journey Round My Skull and The Collected Schizophrenias by Esm Weijun Wang The last here is a recent publication and completely enthralling Wang led me to Elyn R Saks Interesting so far is the early collapse of Elyn s social world The early adulthood onset of schizophrenia is so brutal She s barely 19 and attending Oxford on a Marshal scholarship when she turns resolutely inward, meaning silent She s a philosophy major Saks has a rich emotional memory She remember strings of dialog...

  4. Moira Russell says:

    Hmmm, this was.interesting Rather poorly written emotionally flat all through, often repetitive and very cerebral the outer sensuous world almost entirely lacking The middle part, where she describes a full scale breakdown resulting in restraints and involuntary medication, is harrowing, and should be required reading for medical students, legal students, and indeed psychiatric caregivers However, her insistence on always having been the best at everything, ever I was valedictorian Hmmm, this was.interesting Rather poorly written emotionally flat all through, often repetitive and very cerebral the outer sensuous world almost entirely lacking The middle part, where she describes a full scale breakdown resulting in restraints and involuntary medication, is harrowing, and should be required reading for medical students, legal students, and indeed psychiatric caregivers However, her insistence on always having been the best at everything, ever I was valedictorian.I wrote the finest exam at Oxford.he said my memo could be a paperI was in the 99% of the bar exam re...

  5. jv poore says:

    I recently visited a few high school English classes to introduce Nic Sheff s first novel, Schizo In Schizo, the main character, a 16 year old boy, tries to learn how to live with Schizophrenia After I e...

  6. Terry says:

    This book is written by a friend mentor of mine at USC It was extremely bizarre to read something so intimate by about someone I know, so my experience of reading it will be different from the experience of others That said, I think it s quite powerful What Elyn is able to pull off is describing, from her currently sane place, what it feels like to be severely schizophrenic Her bridge building into that experience is rare and worthwhile, and can move a reader s empathy for the mentally i This book is written by a friend mentor of mine at USC It was extremely bizarre to read something so intimate by about someone I know, so my experience of reading it will be different from the experience of others That said, I think it s quite powerful What Elyn is able to pull off is describing, from her currently sane place, what it feels like to be severely schizophrenic Her bridge building into that experience is rare and worthwhile, and can move a reader s...

  7. Swaroop says:

    The Center Cannot Hold My Journey Through Madness by Elyn R Saks This is a remarkable memoir by Elyn R Saks An inside peek of the experiences she had while going through mental illness Elyn R Saks has recounted many years of her life, in detail Instead of falling apart and giving in, Elyn fought back and this helped her to continue to live a fulfilling life The HUMAN BRAIN comprises about 2 percent of a person s total body weight, but it consumes upward of 20 percent of that body s oxyg The Center Cannot Hold My Journey Through Madness by Elyn R Saks This is a remarkable memoir by Elyn R Saks An inside peek of the experiences she had while going through mental illness Elyn R Saks has recounted many years of her life, in detail Instead of falling apart and giving in, Elyn fought back and this helped her to continue to live a fulfilling life The HUMAN BRAIN comprises about 2 percent of a person s total body weight, but it consumes upward of 20 percent of that body s oxygen intake, and it controls 100 percent of that body s actions This book is ...

  8. K. Elizabeth says:

    Wow This was wonderful and terrifying But mainly it was incredibly eye opening.

  9. Sarah Lumos says:

    There s days I feel guilty for feeling so goodDamn, this book left me speechless If you or someone you know copes with a mental illness, then read this book Heck, even if mental illness has played no role in your life, read this book To me, Elyn R Saks embodies the epitome of resilience the ability to bounce back and keep going when things get difficult She is a TED speaker, ivy league graduate, renowned academic at the University of Southern California Gould Law School, plus a totaThere s days I feel guilty for feeling so goodDamn, this book left me speechless If you or someone you know copes with a mental illness, then read this book Heck, even if mental illness has played no role in your life, read this book To me, Elyn R Saks embodies the epitome of resilience the ability to bounce back and keep going when things get difficult She is a TED speaker, ivy league graduate, renowned academic at the University of Southern California Gould Law School, plus a total bad ass And she accomplished all this while coping with schizophrenia, a thought disorder characterized by delusions, hallucinations, and...

  10. Rebecca says:

    The Center Cannot Hold offers a rare peek into the raging mind of a schizophrenic While the author is anything but a case study she is brilliant and accomplished even by mentally intact standards, whereas schizophrenia is usually accompanied by low IQ and functional impairment her uncommon mental clarity enables her to shed light on an otherwise inscrutable disorder.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 While the author is anything but a case study she is brilliant and accomplished even by mentally intact standards, whereas schizophrenia is usually accompanied by low IQ and functional impairment her uncommon mental clarity enables her to shed light on an otherwise inscrutable disorder.Of the several memoirs of mental illness I ve read, this book offers the most convincing dialogue of psychotic and depressed characters It also offers an unflinching and disturbing view of the Freudian psychoanalytic tactics used to treat the mentally ill From a conversation with the author s psychoanalyst, Mrs Jones The author I am in control I control the world The world is at my whim I control the world and everything in it.Mrs Jones You want to feel in control because in fact you feel so helpless.The author I had a dream I was making golf balls out of fetuses.Mrs Jon...

  11. howl of minerva says:

    Elyn Saks is an unusual figure to say the least An academic superstar Vanderbilt valedictorian, Marshall scholar to Oxford for graduate study in philosophy Aristotle s metaphysics in the Greek no less , Yale Law School, tenured faculty at U South California, MacArthur Genius Fellow And since her late teens, battling with schizophrenia disabling and terrifying bouts of delusions and hallucinations High functioning people with mood disorders like depression or bipolar disorder are all arou Elyn Saks is an unusual figure to say the least An academic superstar Vanderbilt valedictorian, Marshall scholar to Oxford for graduate study in philosophy Aristotle s metaphysics in the Greek no less , Yale Law School, tenured faculty at U South California, MacArthur Genius Fellow And since her late teens, battling with schizophrenia disabling and terrifying bouts of delusions and hallucinations High functioning people with mood disorders like depression or bipolar disorder are all around many of them manage to hide their illness very effectively Perhaps they are even your colleagues, your doctor or your lawyer High functioning people with schizophrenia are vanishingly rare The only other example that comes to mind is the mat...

  12. Joanne says:

    I m going to totally and consciously cop out on this review Yes, the book was maddening to read at times given the one step forward, five steps back nature of her journey And I beat myself up throughout most of it, as my impatience with Saks s actions grew She takes the meds She feels better on the meds She insists on abandoning the meds She goes floridly psychotic, gets hospitalized and has a horrific time of it Multiply that sequence by 20 25 and you get the first 300 pages of the b I m going to totally and consciously cop out on this review Yes, the book was maddening to read at times given the one step forward, five steps back nature of her journey And I beat myself up throughout most of it, as my impatience with Saks s actions grew She takes the meds She feels better on the meds She insists on abandoning the meds She goes floridly psychotic, gets hospitalized and has a horrific time of it Multiply that sequence by 20 25 and you get the first 300 pages of the book As I chafed against the repetition of this vicious cycle, I thought Could I really be this cold and lacking in empathy Compassion is w...

  13. Amanda says:

    4.5 stars This is an eye opening memoir by a fascinating woman Elyn R Saks is a highly functioning intelligent woman with multiple higher degrees from places like Oxford and Yale and she just happens to have Schizophrenia In this memoir she does battle with her demons and for t...

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