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I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can Paperback – October 3, 2011
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"Gordon's story rings with authenticity." -Washington Post
"Not only a frightening account of the tortured journey of her mind and soul, but a beautiful story that is filled with life and hope..." -Philadelphia Bulletin
"The observer, the journalist in Ms. Gordon, was never asleep. . .one sees that the book is a genuine offering: it hides nothing, yet is not exploitive." -- Jill Robinson, The New York Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Author
My own story involved a battle over physician prescribed drugs and digging my way out of the hidden pot holes in what was laughingly called, our mental health system.
Today the world has changed and yet in a way it hasn't. While there are still those who are chronically dependent on drugs "sanitized" by virtue of having been prescribed by physicians, there are new medications with fewer side affects. More people are using other methods like yoga and jogging to reduce the stress and anxiety in their lives.
There is an issue that remains as crucial today as it was almost thirty years ago. the transformations that are constantly challenging women, we keep changing our skins, shedding fur like animals in the spring, spiraling, growing, assuming new roles. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Honored for 15 weeks on the New York Times bestseller's list, this book is the story of Barbara Gordon's anxiety-induced slide into Valium addiction, her ill-advised and dangerous "cold-turkey" withdrawal, the psychosis and hospitalizations that followed the withdrawal, and her slow, painful, and persistent pathway back to functioning. Readers may find the first half of the book to be a bit repetitive as Gordon chronicles her destructive relationship with Eric, but the pathos and honesty expressed in her fight back to sanity while at Greenwood Hospital is gripping and compelling.
I am aware that there have been changes in state licensing standards for therapists since this book was written. I am aware that there have been many significant advances in the study of brain biology since this book was written. I hope that the therapeutic "industry" may be credited with significant advance since Gordon endured this mistreatment. Nonetheless, I recommend this book. It speaks with a distinctive voice warning that we all - treated and untreated, patient and therapist - must take personal responsibility for our mental health within a supportive social context of family and friends.
No one should ever have to repeat the experience Barbara Gordon had.
The psychiatric community is in the dark ages in 2011 when is comes to the dangers of Valium and other benzodiazepines so I can only imagine what things were like 30+ years ago. For this reason, I do have a lot of sympathy for Barbara Gordon and what she went through. However, this book is completely outdated and not very helpful to someone struggling with this horrid affliction today.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This work has great potential for a wide variety of readers. Comforting and provocative. Wisdom. I give it as a gift when appropriate.Published 6 months ago by havasuhottie
Great book! Really nails the mental institution experience. I recommend it for anyone who has been hospitalized or who loves someone who has.Published 11 months ago by Circa1952
It is kind of depressing that anyone would listen to a Doctor prescribe the amount of Valium that this woman took. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Patricia A. Hincken
I felt as if I was part of Barbara's story. Her ups and downs moved me and I wanted to her fight for herself the whole book.... Read morePublished 18 months ago by kjh2417