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Product Details

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Chipmunkapublishing (March 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849914478
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849914475
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,837,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By GAry L. Blum on October 10, 2010
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Wow! What a tremendous read! An energetic, compassionate, honest depiction of the life and mind of the mentally ill housed in Los Angeles psych wards, intercut with episodes of the author's own struggles of coming to grips with her bi-polarity, as well as passages from famous writers known (or believed) to have been bi-polar. Erica Loberg's exciting Kerouacian writing style accentuates the descriptions and dialogue of the patients and let's you hear, see and feel the contours of a different way of thinking--where the abnormal has become normal (you will experience a survey of the contents of the "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders" in the variety of Erica's characters, based upon her experiences as a psychiatric social worker). One also cannot help but feel the helplessness of those caught in a system (except for a very few that can game it) that may want to help them, but is seemingly remote, impersonal and without the resources to go "all the way" to assist many of these patients towards a reasonable normalcy. On the other hand, laugh out loud humor is all round in Loberg's sketches of the "scenes" she paints, including some involving herself as a young bi-polar woman growing up and relating to university and post-university life, dating, family, work, etc. This book puts literary flesh on the bones of Erving Goffman's classic study, "Asylums", and is recommended for professionals who can relate to that work. But this this book, Loberg's first, deserves a widespread literary audience to relish her passionate, incisive way with words, and heralds an exciting new writer/word poet to savor and enjoy.
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Such an interesting book, original in every way. This book deals with so much, from life in the psych wards of Los Angeles, to writers/performers who are bipolar, to her own life since being diagnosed with the same condition, as well as her own life of love and adventure. The writing travels beyond the ordinary, going from journalistic to prose, from tragedy to tenderness. It brings you into the mind of a bipolar person and asks you to look at many other great writers as well. But, it also looks at our current government run mental health facilities and the people stuck in that system. With money being an issue like everywhere, the patients must face-off against the budget's bottom line and seemingly always lose. Being sedated and housed like cattle if their stay is paid for by another government's budget, but cut loose as soon as that money runs out. In the meantime, what about their treatment? Not very present, but certainly very expensive. This aspect alone makes the book an eye opening experience from inside the system, but there is so much more to the book. Loberg writes about her own life. From her lifelong love to her family, to her search to make sense out of her life. Also, she looks at other bipolar people's writing and draws comparisons to their writing structures and rhythms. A very interesting aspect for everyone interested in literature in general. A very powerful piece, presented in a completely unique style.
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I generally like to read True Crime and Fiction, so picking up Erica Loberg's book Inside the Insane was either a leap of faith or Insanity that I would have to decide for myself. The best way I can describe this book to someone who doesn't have vast knowledge on the subject, is that it's like having a one-on-one conversation with the author about her journey as an adult who sees and feels the battles with mental illness on a variety of levels. She weaves stories together based on her own personal struggles with Bipolar II and observations and encounters she has through her job in LA psych wards. I found the book to be intriguing and passionate with a constant attempt to shake the reader into understanding mental illness.
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Ms. Loberg's fascinating book provides an insider's view of the mental health system in the US. Her time spent working for a LA County facility showcases the inadequacies of treatment for often incurable conditions and the lack of pathos by many who are meant to help care for the ill. Further, Ms. Loberg's own struggles with mental health allow the reader further understanding of the ongoing difficulties faced by many who enter the system.
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This is a provocative look at what it's like to suffer from a mental illness and sheds light on the profound mental health crisis in America. Her writing is never boring, often hilarious and at times incredibly sad. I was moved by this courageous book.
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