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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I want to second everything that Kate said. These memorable events add up to a captivating story of the brilliance and betrayal of the mind. For me the main downside was reading it before bed was stressing me out and giving me bad dreams, especially the hols about forced hospitalizations and being in four-point restraints. I imagine some people simply stay sick all their lives but I would hope many more do not, or not to the same degree.

Ohld just like Kate, “I’ll always be a fan and a friend. In fact, of all the major mental illnesses, they’re the least violent.

Because of her mental illness, this author had times in elym her life stood still, and she therefore did not develop certain relationships and abilities until later in life.

The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness

I know I wasn’t fulfilling my potential but I was resigned to the fact that I couldn’t aspire for more because my history of mental illness effectively created a glass ceiling. Like many suffering from serious mental illness, Saks has a love-hate relationship with medication, which is both sworn enemy and occasional saviour.


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.

A lot of those have some truth; they’re true of a certain portion of people with schizophrenia. This was a pleasure to read! The Center Cannot Hold offers a rare peek into the raging mind of a schizophrenic.

Saks does, and she is determined her diagnosis will not be a death sentence.

I would rather have a low-stress job and virtually no symptoms than to be a law professor and be dogged by psychiatric problems. I was so tortured by my internal demons that there was no space for another person. I asked my friend that night, ‘Kenny, do you think a guy who plucks a feather from his bird and places it on your computer likes you?

In short, do you know what madness is?

The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness

I can’t help but value you much more than her. You want to kill babies, you see, and then make a game out of it. I felt downright disagreeable at times! Saks has recounted many years of her life, in detail.

Four Lessons to Learn from “The Center Cannot Hold”

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Nov 01, Diana Connor rated it it was amazing. Jung Frau at December cenger, You’re terrified, you’re confused, you have beliefs that are bizarre and frightening and confusing.

I found the writing rather flat-footed for someone so apparently talented as she repeatedly tells us centr also oddly lacking in introspection. The author arranges events in strict chronology, and gives every event the same narrative weight: So would I take the pill [to make schizophrenia go away]? Keep in mind that the author readily canmot that she has many “best case scenarios” when dealing with her mental illness: Where they make lemons.


Compassion is what’s called for here!

You may look to Elyn Saks with some jealousy but I look to you with more admiration than I do to her. Anti-psychotic medication – for all its flaws, side-effects and problems – has helped her remain functional. Saks experienced her first symptoms of mental illness at eight years old, but she had her first full-blown episode when a Marshall Scholar at Ceenter University.

I suspect many will see themselves in Saks. She goes “floridly psychotic,” gets hospitalized and has a horrific time of it.

She holds a Ph. Ultimately, the story of Professor Elyn R.

Four Lessons to Learn from “The Center Cannot Hold”

Retrieved on December 31,from https: Unfortunately, it sounds like Saks’ book will help reinforce that same message. This book was an eye-opener for those in the helping industry, if one ever wanted to understand better, by reading a frightening and detailed account of the torment someone with schizophrenia goes through while in a psychotic state. 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.

Which I think is just fair. People lump everyone with mental illness under the general heading “crazy” which means homeless, grease-covered vagrants roaming the polluted streets with all their worldly possessions in a plastic bag.

I am very glad you are back.