I wrote Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So because I was increasingly annoyed with my younger self, who had wrapped up everything with a bow. You can try but you don’t just get to get over mental illness at age twenty-five, go to medical school, write a book, get married and call it a wrap.
In the seventies I was in so in love with the medical model I almost thought I had invented it. "No shame. No blame." I was thrilled to not have my health be dependent on the sanity of society or the wellness of those around me. I was magnanimous about not wanting to credit insight or hard work or circumstances like the kindness of others. Now, the medical model has morphed into "Shut up and take your pills." What passes for care is medication, medication, and more medication, the purpose of which is only incidentally and occasionally to help the patient get a life.
Much of mental illness is genetic, but I’m now quite sure there are people with more or less the same genetics I have who never go crazy and others who never get well. As a kid who wrote a little and painted a little and played a little music, I certainly didn’t want my mental health riding on anything as flimsy as my creative abilities but, among other things, I’ve come to see that a willingness to write, paint and play music is more than a little important to progress and just trying to keep my feet under me.
It was the feeling that good things had happened to me in spite of myself, that I had a rich life that showed itself in my house and how I practiced pediatrics and how we lived as a family that made me want to write Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So. I’m grateful to the gritty clench-jawed kid who wrote The Eden Express, I think it’s an excellent book, but I’m glad I’m not him anymore.
I suffer from BiPolar and am always buying books to compare notes with how others have managed this illness. Perhaps 1/26 of this book discusses how Mark manages it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jeanne
If you too were amazed by the Eden Express, here is the rest of the story; Dr. Mark's wit and sense of the absurd are insights into life and wisdom.Published 3 months ago by Dr. William Costello
Few outside the mental health profession who do not have a close friend or family member with bipolar illness actually have any idea of what this condition is.
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I've yet to read anything by his father, but I like Mark Vonnegut's style very much. This seemed a bit like not enough pieces to make a whole puzzle. Read morePublished 4 months ago by jen
Read this book! If you yourself have a mental illness, or someone you love has a mental illness, or a substance abuse problem. The insights given by Dr. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Susan E. Rau
This is a book that does not wallow in the depths of this disease, but still tells the truth. He is funny, and witty at times. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Delia LaForte
I liked the writing style, Vonnegut's sense of humor, and his perspective on life. His art work interspersed throughout the book was also a welcome addition.Published 6 months ago by little lamb
Having worked in community mental health, I can relate to the dehumanizing struggle to put the agenda of my clients above that of corporate insurers. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Justin Teerlinck
Mark shares some writing style traits with his father, namely he can write about life in an irreverent and funny way such that you enjoy your read. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Caseyb7