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5150 - One Who Flew Into The Cuckoo's Nest Paperback – July 12, 2007
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From the Author
The reason I expanded this book from the 2007 version was because one of the feedback reviews indicated he wanted to see more of the advocacy that was accomplished. At the time of the first writing, these things had not yet occurred. However, I feel good about presenting them here now. In addition, this expanded version has been professionally edited.
Writing this book was the hardest thing I have ever had to do. Writing a book is a funny thing. In order to write a good book I had to believe in myself and I also had to believe that my audience would like reading the book too. I had to get myself excited about the material. But here is the tricky part, what if somewhere in all my excitement about writing this book I lost my perspective regarding how my audience would like reading it? What if I made it out to be more then it was?
After working on writing this book for several years, I felt that I had reached that point, so I put the book aside. I almost gave up, that is until my dear friend Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. offered to read it and give me honest feedback. Sam is a prolific writer and he is most famous for his book Malignant Self Love: Narcissism Revisited. I was excited that Sam took the time to give me constructive feedback. In a big way, Sam resurrected my book, which might not have been finished without his input.
Cheryl Thompson, attorney at law is the true hero of this book. Cheryl was a public defender for Riverside County, and she defended individuals with mental illness with all her knowledge, strength, and heart. If it hadn't been for Cheryl's tenaciousness, this book would never have been written because she paved the way for a story to be told. Cheryl defended me and others like me with every ounce of her being. Cheryl is my inspiration and motivation for becoming an effective and successful advocate. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
In mental health she has lectured nationally on quality improvement and restraint reduction. She has written Quality Improvement Manuals as an introduction for individuals to serve on quality committees. She has authored work in cognitive, psychodynamic, psychoanalytic, and object relations to help mental health professionals, students, and consumers gain insight into self-awareness and treatment modalities. She hosts an award-winning mental health website.
Her most important work: "5150- The One Who Flew Into the Cuckoo's Nest" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Joseph Silverthorn, Professor and Researcher
Kathi sought healing and instead found a system corrupt with ego, force, coercion and just plain insanity. Cuckoo's Nest had Nurse Ratched and 5150 has it's Dr. Mason. Both are frightening but Ratched is fiction. This book is a must read for anyone who wants to understand the oppression of the psychiatric system and the egos that drive that oppression. Thank god Kathi survived to tell the story.
"5150" is a well written, uniquely told autobiography and an exciting courtroom drama. Don't miss it.
Lynne Stewart, Senior Editor
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5150 - The One Who Flew Into the Cuckoo's Nest is a very insightful and unique look at our mental health system. It is hard to put this book down. Read morePublished on October 29, 2013 by JoAnn Martin
The most well-kept dirty secret is the prevalence of personality disorders - especially Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) - among mental health professionals and... Read morePublished on October 25, 2013 by Sam Vaknin
Just wanted to say I am very upset with how many errors are in this book. An elementary school child could have skimmed through it and corrected them. Read morePublished on April 7, 2010 by Stephen Keife
Always the hostess, Kathi welcomed us each Saturday night to her Dancetime dance hall in the hills of South Corona. Read morePublished on February 11, 2009
Dear Miss Stringer;
May I call you Kathi? I own both your books and have cried so much I am having a hard time finishing 5150. You are so amazing and courageous. Read more