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The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays

The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays

Написано Esmé Weijun Wang

Озвучено Esmé Weijun Wang


The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays

Написано Esmé Weijun Wang

Озвучено Esmé Weijun Wang

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Feb 5, 2019
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9781978640900
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Powerful, affecting essays on mental illness, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and a Whiting Award

An intimate, moving book written with the immediacy and directness of one who still struggles with the effects of mental and chronic illness, The Collected Schizophrenias cuts right to the core. Schizophrenia is not a single unifying diagnosis, and Esmé Weijun Wang writes not just to her fellow members of the “collected schizophrenias” but to those who wish to understand it as well. Opening with the journey toward her diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder, Wang discusses the medical community’s own disagreement about labels and procedures for diagnosing those with mental illness, and then follows an arc that examines the manifestations of schizophrenia in her life.

In essays that range from using fashion to present as high-functioning to the depths of a rare form of psychosis, and from the failures of the higher education system and the dangers of institutionalization to the complexity of compounding factors such as PTSD and Lyme disease, Wang’s analytical eye, honed as a former lab researcher at Stanford, allows her to balance research with personal narrative. An essay collection of undeniable power, The Collected Schizophrenias dispels misconceptions and provides insight into a condition long misunderstood.

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  • (5/5)
    It put me more in touch with a loved one’s struggles in a way that conversations ever could.
  • (5/5)
    The Collected Schizophrenias: Essaysby Esme Weijun Wang2019Graywolf Press 4.5 / 5.0 A collection of personal essays about the authors experiences being diagnosed as having a schizoaffective disorder. The love and support of her husband and her family, being financially stable, and having natural innate talents for art and writing have been a saving grace for Wang.Every essay deals with the stigma attached to mental illness and its challenges.( Struggling to pass as "normal" and to control the delusions and hallucinations, experiencing Cotard delusion where you believe you are already dead. ) Wang persisted, never gave up. Wang was accepted to Yale but her mental issues were too severe, too chronic, and they let her go. She explores the belief that there is a connection between immune-system dysfunction and neurological and psychiatric diseases. She tried alternative medical treatments, tarot card readings in her search for spiritual healing.Near the end of the book is an essay on her diagnosis of Lyme disease (controversial in itself) that sums up the intention of the entire book for me. Like Lyme disease, so much is known and so much remains a mystery about mental illness. The quality of your diagnosis depends on how your illness is perceived by others. Perception is a huge problem for people with mental illness. How others treat you, and your diagnosis, can make or break a mind.The essays, overall, show how deep and desperate her search for answers and understanding of her condition affected her life. Maybe more so than the actual diagnosis. Great memoir and essays and an excellent resource for those who work with the mentally ill. Recommended.
  • (4/5)
    This remarkable collection of essays on schizophrenia, mental illness, and the ways our society both portrays and reacts to such, is written by a woman who has herself been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. Starting with the journey to this diagnosis, and ranging through topics like the failings of universities toward students with mental illness, the loss of autonomy during institutionalization, the stigma of schizophrenia in particular, the mutability of our perception of reality. I did sometimes wish it has a more memoir-like format -- there were themes and experiences brought up in essays that I wish were returned to later in the book. But that doesn't change what an amazing thing that this book is -- the writing of someone with the intelligence, the support, and the resources to weave together her experiences with studies, academic and medical perspectives and pop culture analysis to really challenge our understanding of mental illness. In the hopes that we can be better colleages, caregivers, storytellers, citizens.An amazing book.
  • (4/5)
    Compared to the common stereotype of the "lunatic", author and person with "treatment resistant" schizoaffective disorder Esme Weijun Wang is very high functioning. She is fortunate to have the support of a loving husband and family, as well as financial stability and a great deal of writing and artistic talent. Nonetheless, she struggles to pass for "normal", especially when when she is in the grip of strong delusions and hallucinations. She has even experienced the rare Cotard delusion, in which the sufferer believes that she is already dead. A major theme of this essay collection is the stigma attached to psychotic illnesses; Wang was forced to leave Yale after it became clear that her mental health issues were severe and chronic in nature. She sort of lost me in the final chapters when she suddenly came up with a diagnosis of late-stage Lyme disease and started dabbling in "sacred arts". Nonetheless, this memoir in essays offers a valuable perspective on psychotic illness. Well worth reading.
  • (3/5)
    I liked the first half, but then it got too sensationalistic for my taste and my interest waned. Still, I almost read it in one sitting, finishing it in a night. Pretty rare for me.