Whatever your image of an individual with schizophrenia, I am willing to bet it is not Elyn Saks. Perhaps you think of the malodorous woman who sits on a park. “The Center Cannot Hold should be read by anyone interested psychiatric hospital. Saks would later attend Yale Law School ELYN R. SAKS. liJHYPERIONI. THE CENTER CANNOT HOLD: MY JOURNEY THROUGH MADNESS But it is the briefest bio on the inside, telling us that author Elyn Saks is.

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A Memoir of Schizophrenia

I totally lost my appetite and lost a huge amount of weight. After having a breakdown in the university library, in which she ends up on the roof singing and accepting dares, Saks visits Professor Cannlt. I was angry and confused with her throughout a large portion of venter book.

Heck, even if mental illness has played no role in your life, read this book. For me, reading The Center Cannot Hold: In my opinion, society as a whole doesn’t understand Schizophrenia or even know what it truly is.

Where a thought like, I’ve killed cener, comes to my mind and I just say, oh that’s your illness acting up. How come I couldn’t do all that myself???


A Memoir of Schizophrenia – TIME

This page was last edited on 3 Octoberat Saks was only eight, and living an otherwise idyllic childhood Elyn Saks is a success by any measure: It was very scary. Alya at December 31, I don’t know if I can do justice to how much this book moved me as a person with schizoaffective disorder.

But at no point does she assume that this is possible for everyone struggling with mental illness, nor does she encourage professionals to hold other clients to these standards.

Of the many books I’ve read independently, this book is definitely one that was worth reading. I have always thought nold would be helpful, though unavailable to me at this point, and Saks’ book reinforced that opinion.

It could be a mental health issue, a chronic illness, a past trauma, or ongoing troubles with their denter members. A movie may soon be appearing at a theater near you, given Hollywood’s intense interest in the book.

A Tale of Mental Illness. If you have no empathy this book will frustrate you.

Schizophrenia Explained: The Center Cannot Hold by Elyn R. Saks (Book Review)

And then I started flirting with this guy down in the library named Will, which he didn’t pick up on. I’m eager to own a copy.

Know your triggers Elyn has spent most of her life in academia which meant that there was a clear pattern to the year: I ate it thrice. If anyone likes TED talks I know the author has one where she discusses it also.


If you want them put up on the blog, publicly, send them to me at my gmail address above. Imagine a sand castle with all the sand sliding away in the receding surf.

What’s in a Word: In my opinion her book should be on the top 10 books to read on mental health. View all 6 comments. March 18, at 8: Whatever your image of an individual with schizophreniaI am willing to bet it is not Elyn Saks. Elyn Saks suffers from schizophrenia and says she wrote this book to demonstrate that people with this illness can lead rich and successful lives.

There were even periods she had to take breaks from her academic studies to enter treatment facilities. Multiply that sequence by and you get the first pages of the b I’m going to totally and consciously cop out on this review.

Spirit of the Law.