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. New Download The Center Cannot Hold By Elyn R. Saks For Kindle ePUB or eBook – bluevapours.co.uk

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  • Hardcover
  • 340 pages
  • The Center Cannot Hold
  • Elyn R. Saks
  • English
  • 02 August 2017
  • 140130138X

10 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, ha...

  2. Pouting Always 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 schizo...

  3. 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 resultsI won tenure c c becomes annoying after a while Her decades long resist...

  4. 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 mental 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 ...

  5. ||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, an...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 disabl...

  8. 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 the most part she w...

  9. 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 rea...

  10. Torina says:

    I finished this book in tears of joy I don t know if I can do justice to how much this book moved me as a person with schizoaffective disorder I ve read many books by people who have bipolar disorder and some by parents of people with schizophrenia but this was my first book written by someone who has schizophrenia That sentence is a mess but I think you can gather the gist The fact that Elyn is hospitalized and so greatly affected by her schizophrenia, yet goes on to lead a richly successfu I finished this book in tears of joy I don t know if I can do justice to how much this book moved me as a person with schizoaffective disorder I ve read many books by people who have bipolar disorder and some by parents of people with schizophrenia but this was my first book written by someone who has schizophrenia That sentence is a mess but I think you can gather the gist The fact that Elyn is hospitalized a...

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