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In narrating Vincent's infiltration (and exposé) of three mental health institutions, Tavia Gilbert, the very versatile performer of both children's and adult audios, strikes all the right notes. She neutrally notes the author's observations of the various environs and delivers an outraged denunciation of the subhuman living conditions and sympathy for the hapless inmates, who, unlike Vincent, rarely if ever escape the system. Gilbert's tone is firm and brisk; a perfect vessel for the depressing litany of indignities to which the mentally ill are subjected. The skillful narration will help even the queasy wend their way to the end of this important work. A Viking hardcover (Reviews, Sept. 29). (Jan.)
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Struggling with the “psycho-emotional” conflicts of being a woman living as a man for her last book, Self-Made Man (2006), Vincent checked herself into the psychiatric ward of a hospital. While there, she found inspiration for her next immersion-journalism experience. But this experience went way beyond observation as Vincent actually wondered about the state of her mental health. For a woman with a history of depression, what began as an investigation into psychiatric practices and questionable diagnoses, within the broader context of modern American culture, morphed into a personal exploration of mental stability. In this sometimes harrowing and sometimes humorous account, Vincent recalls her stay at three mental-health facilities: the ward of a big-city public hospital, a rural private psychiatric hospital, and an alternative-treatment program. Vincent chronicles not just the social and economic differences in illnesses and treatments at the facilities but also the madness of bureaucracies that overmedicate and don’t listen enough to what patients have to say. A riveting and enlightening look at mental-health treatment. --Vanessa Bush --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
The writing is annoying. I bought this because it's "mandatory" for a class I have. Not sure I am going to be able to swallow it.Published 2 months ago by K. Hodge
Meh. Some interesting stories. Good insight, especially if you know little about our mental health system. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Pamela
A cynic would say that Norah Vincent took the "Goldilocks" approach to mental health, waltzing through three institutions and finding the last one (a kind of New Age... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Peter Baklava
I find it necessary to begin with responses to many of the unfounded criticisms of the book. To begin with, Norah makes it clear that she is not merely pretending to have... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Juniper Anzalone
First of all, I vehemently disagree with her disdain towards medication, and for that reason I hesitate to recommend it. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Deena Sao
This book was confronting and initially quite off-putting.
The author immersed herself in the world of the mentally ill - although for only weeks at a time - to give her... Read more
My spouse has significant emotional health issues that I didn't understand. This book did a fantastic job at explaining the journey to healing and whats necessary. Read morePublished 15 months ago by story
Such a cool narrative I could feel the bed sheets and tile floors of all the mental institutes the journalist did a great jobPublished 24 months ago by john corrigan
Although this book has an extremely interesting concept the author is so blatantly biased against the mental health system it really takes away from the books realness and even... Read morePublished on August 4, 2013 by vicky m