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5150 - This is the Expanded 2013 Version
 
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

Before being a psychiatric hospitalization survivor, Kathi Stringer was self-employed for 18 years.  She provided parts and engineering for medical, aerospace, electronic, automotive and commercial companies.  She has written quality control manuals to meet military standards. She has been acknowledged by Hughes Aircraft as a key supplier and for outstanding quality.  
 
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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Kathi Stringer (July 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615153593
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615153599
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,092,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jim Gottstein on January 9, 2008
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5150 is an extraordinary and compelling account of mistreatment at the hands of the mental health system after an extremely abusive and terrifying childhood. It is also a testament to the human spirit. Kathi Stringer has been subjected to more cruelty than it seems possible anyone could endure. She emerges from true hell to help others, but hardly intact. Grippingly written, this book uniquely intersperses hospital progress notes with the narrative and gives an objection by objection account of legal proceedings by a lawyer really fighting for her client. This is a real world account by someone labeled crazy who is everything but. This is an important and highly recommended book, especially for mental health professionals, family members, and others who are interested in knowing how involuntary commitment is experienced.
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Kathi Stringer has written a personal account of her journey through the hell of the misinformed and sometimes biased world of the mental patient that very little is known of. She illustrates how misinformation, bias, and control over-ride the need for realistic investigation, research and compassion when it comes to over-burdened public systems. She has also, shown the ability, like people similar to herself, to rise above the quagmire they sometimes find themselves thrust into, to combat the system and make things better for herself and others. I found her trial, sadly, similar to others who have shared the abuse, neglect, and isolation she has endured. I enthusiastically suggest that this is a helpful tool for any social-worker, psychiatrist, psychologist or therapist that may deal with someone who exibits similar personality traits to Kathi's. It is a very useful tool for assisting one to understand, somewhat, what she has been through. The book is interesting, informative and realistic.

Joseph Silverthorn, Professor and Researcher
Bremerton, Washington
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A true story about a woman caught in a life or death struggle with a psychiatrist whose ego feels he must defeat her at all costs. The psychiatrist forgets all about healing and enters into combat with the patient -- it's his will versus hers. The battle scenes are vividly captured through Kathi's eyes as well as through the chart notes that reveal the terrifying specter of the thoughts of the staff as they try to force their will upon Kathi.

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.
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This book goes to a different level, I haven't read anything like it. I felt a different emotion with every turn of the page. When I could put it down, I recapped the previous pages over and over in my mind. I wish I had a tenth of the strength this author has. A great read, a shocking education.
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After receiving this book, I had to read it every moment I could. I was totally engrossed in Kathi Stringer's story. Kathi is advocating we get involved in monitoring and changing how we see people once they receive a diagnosis with symptoms of a brain disorder. This book showed me how unhelpful treatment can be. Kathi Stringer is passionate about improving treatment to anyone diagnosed. This is a bona fide clarion call that we must learn, understand and move to support systemic change. I loved the book. Reading 5150 made me more passionate that I can be part of the recovery solution.
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Kathi has given a brutally honest account of the inner workings of a mental ward's functioning. With the actual progress notes juxtaposed with Kathi's real-time thoughts and emotions it is clear the staff never bothered to check-out the reality she was experiencing. This book makes you wonder who's more out of touch the patient or the staff and doctors. For sure, Kathi's excellent lawyer is well grounded. But, you must read the book and travel all the twists and turns to arrive at the surprising ending.

"5150" is a well written, uniquely told autobiography and an exciting courtroom drama. Don't miss it.

Lynne Stewart, Senior Editor
The Thermometor Times/DBSA Newsletter & DBSA-CA Newsletter
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