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 am using this book as a text for a co-occurring disorders course that I am teaching at the community college level. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Toni J. Fudge
Great read. It is compelling just like Morley Safer says on the dust cover: "It's the original voice that describes the journey". Read morePublished 1 month ago by Martin Montana
An amazing journey. I loved it and read it in just a few days. When it is assigned in class I will be excited to reread it and share my insights!!Published 1 month ago by Shelley
We all try too hard if we are worth our salt. Makes you proud to be a member of the human race.Published 2 months ago by hunter green
Like most people who read this memoir, I was familiar with the author's father. Dr. Vonnegut proves that you can be mentally ill and still lead a normal life with professional... Read morePublished 4 months ago by elveness
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 7 months ago by Jeanne