No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America


No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America Author Ron Powers
ISBN-10 0316341177
ISBN-13 9780316341172
Year 2017-03-21
Pages 384
Language English
Publisher Hachette Books
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Extraordinary and courageous No doubt if everyone were to read this book the world would change New York Times Book Review New York Times bestselling author Ron Powers offers a searching richly researched narrative of the social history of mental illness in America paired with the deeply personal story of his two sons battles with schizophrenia From the centuries of torture of lunatiks at Bedlam Asylum to the infamous eugenics era to the follies of the anti psychiatry movement to the current landscape in which too many families struggle alone to manage afflicted love ones Powers limns our fears and myths about mental illness and the fractured public policies that have resulted Braided with that history is the moving story of Powers s beloved son Kevin spirited endearing and gifted who triumphed even while suffering from schizophrenia until finally he did not and the story of his courageous surviving son Dean who is also schizophrenic A blend of history biography memoir and current affairs ending with a consideration of where we might go from here this is a thought provoking look at a dreaded illness that has long been misunderstood

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