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A Road Back from Schizophrenia: A Memoir Kindle Edition
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Lauveng is particularly strong at making a case for patients. She accurately depicts the mistakes that institutions and their staff can make in interpreting and engaging with patient's behavior, and offers alternative solutions. As a patient, Lauveng was subjected to isolation and frequently strapped into a bed. She saw firsthand how doctors and staff can stereotype patients by rigidly adhering to the clinical attitudes with which they have been indoctrinated, and not really seeing the patient as a human being.
Lauveng's weakness may be in employing too many pat metaphors for the symptoms of schizophrenia. She is surrounded by "fog", haunted by the voices of "The Captain", and she claims that she sees "wolves" prowling in the hallways. These descriptions may not be entirely helpful. But she nevertheless succeeds at showing that schizophrenia covers a large spectrum of symptoms and behaviors, and she employs interesting literary allusions---the folk tale of "Askeladden", and Soren Kierkegaard's "stages of awareness"-- to illustrate her life dilemmas. The author clearly is an intelligent and perceptive person.
At 168 pages, this book is a quick and entertaining read which should be of interest to anyone who has been a mental patient, or who is close to someone who has been diagnosed with a mental illness. No miracle cures are offered, but a rational form of encouragement and hope is proffered.
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