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Strange Places A Memoir Of Mental Illness

Author : Will Elliott
ISBN : 9780730495826
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A darkly humorous, insightful and searingly honest first-hand account of a journey through schizophrenia from a prodigiously talented writer. In 2006 Will Elliott had his first novel the Pilo Family Circus published. It won five literary awards and great acclaim, nationally and internationally. What nobody knew was that the young author of that work of terrifying fantasy had recently recovered from a psychotic episode and been diagnosed as schizophrenic. Strange Places takes us on a journey through psychosis and out the other side, documenting the delusions, the drugs and the insights that recovery brings. A beautifully written memoir of a harrowing - and enlightening - time, from one of Australia's best young writers.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Best Australian Stories

Author :, Limited
ISBN : 9781459624870
Genre : Australian fiction
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The best of the best This essential book takes a decade of Best Australian Stories and selects the most outstanding short fiction by the country's finest writers. These stories range widely in style and subject matter: there is drama and comedy, subtlety and extravagance, tales of suspense, love, fantasy, grief and revenge. Together they showcase the strength and diversity of Australian fiction at its very best. Contributors include: Murray Bail, Dorothy Johnston, Anna Krien, Patrick Cullen, Nicholas Shakespeare, Nam Le, Robert Drewe, Mandy Sayer, Paddy O'reilly, Janette Turner Hospital, Delia Falconer, Kate Grenville, Peter Goldsworthy, Cate Kennedy, Eva Hornung, Gillian Mears, Steven Amsterdam, Tom Cho, Jessica Anderson, Campbell Mattinson, Luke Davies, Emily Ballou, Marion Halligan, Karen Hitchcock, Frank Moorhouse, Will Elliott, Amanda Lohrey, Tim Richards, Tara June Winch, Joan London, Liam Davison, Michael Meehan, Sonya Hartnett, Chloe Walker, Ryan O'Neill, Gerald Murnane and Tim Winton.
Category: Australian fiction

The Subject Of Schizophrenia All You Want To Know About The Illness

Author : B. S. Ruoss
ISBN : 9781796093292
Genre : Psychology
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The Subject of Schizophrenia is an informative guidebook for those struggling with schizophrenia by helping them to understand what the illness entails, by giving them the knowledge they need to help build a more healthy and productive life. The book can also be a valuable resource for those who are interested in the subject of schizophrenia.
Category: Psychology

Looking For Love In Strange Places A Memoir For My Stepdaughters

Author : Diana Page
ISBN : 9781627873529
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Back in 1968 Diana Page was going to graduate from the University of Michigan without much hope for marriage or a career. She didn't have a boyfriend, so a prospective husband was unlikely to materialize before the semester ended, and a bachelor's in political science wasn't going to make her easily employable. The solution? Join the Peace Corps where she could help change the world . . . and possibly meet a guy who shared her values. Thus began Diana's adventures. Her travels as a journalist and diplomat took her down the dangerous roads of Latin American history from the 1960s into the twenty-first century. With excerpts from diaries, letters, and news articles, she weaves together a narrative of war and peace, presidents and peasants, but mostly of ordinary people who teach her about life. She also runs into a few extraordinary people along the way: Fidel Castro, Isabel Peron, Pele, Jorge Luis Borges, and Hilary Clinton among others. Looking for Love in Strange Places: A Memoir for My Stepdaughters is a hopeful, humorous account of what happens when you seize the day -- without too many expectations for the future.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

A Way Out

Author : Michelle Balge
ISBN : 9781775094227
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A Way Out gives an unfiltered look into the life and thoughts of a young woman, Michelle, experiencing depression and social anxiety. She shares her experiences in a way that allows others to go along for the ride with her: the highs, the lows, and the amusingly unexpected. Beyond the haunting honesty, A Way Out delivers heart, humour, and hope.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Memoirs Of A Bipolar Soul

Author : John Zurn
ISBN : 9781847477842
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DescriptionThe book Memoirs of a Bipolar Soul is the true story of the author's unique experience as an adult with bipolar manic depression. Based on his experiences over a thirty-four year period, the book chronicles the many difficult, sometimes dangerous situations that he has faced because of his disorder. Not only does the book describe various living situations and personal relationships, it also portrays the inner struggle of an individual overwhelmed by a major mental illness. The book also describes the role creativity and spirituality play in understanding and treating bipolar manic depression. Ultimately, however, the book offers hope, as the author gains wisdom in managing symptoms and understanding the world. About the AuthorJohn Zurn has been faced with the challenge of bipolar manic depression for his entire adult life. Despite this disability, he has still managed to work and write for over thirty years. As a teacher and rehabilitation counselor, he has helped others find a sense of hope and purpose. As a poet and seeker, he continues to describe the promptings of the human spirit. Zurn credits his long term recovery to symptom management and the willingness to learn from his mistakes. Zurn is fifty-four years old, and has an M.A. in English from Western Illinois University. He lives in Geneva, Illinois with his wife, Donna.

Taking Over The Asylum

Author : Marian Barnes
ISBN : 9781137215598
Genre : Psychology
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One of the most critical developments within `welfare' in recent years, has been the transformation of service users from `passive recipients' to `active subjects' of welfare policy and practice. People who use services have challenged paternalistic notions that professionals are always the experts, and have offered alternative analyses both of the experience of living with disability or illness, and of policy and practice responses to such experiences. Taking Over the Asylum explores the way in which users or survivors of mental health services - people too often regarded as `lacking capacity' to make decisions about their own care - have taken action to empower themselves. The authors examine evidence of the impact this action has had on their lives, on services, and on practice in mental health. They argue that disempowerment can be exacerbated by racist and gendered assumptions and they question the way we think about `mental health' and `mental illness' and what it means to live with `madness'. Drawing on the writings of activists and on international research evidence of action by users and survivors, this important book explores different strategies being adopted to achieve change both within the mental health system and in the lives of those who live with psychological distress. The wide-ranging analysis of current debates provides a valuable and clear insight into the potential and dilemmas of collective action by service users and survivors.
Category: Psychology

That Was When People Started To Worry

Author : Nancy Tucker
ISBN : 9781785782947
Genre : Self-Help
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'This is mental illness. It is unexpected strength and unusual luck and an uninterrupted string of steps. Then the next wave comes. And while you wipe grit from your eyes and swipe blood from your knees, the smiling faces in the distance call out: Why do you keep falling over?! Just stand up!' Conversations about mental health are increasing, but we still seldom hear what it's really like to suffer from mental illness. Enter Nancy Tucker, author of the acclaimed eating disorder memoir, The Time In Between. Based on her interviews with young women aged 16–25, That Was When People Started to Worry weaves together experiences of mental illness into moving narratives, humorous anecdotes, and guidance as to how we can all be more empathetic towards those who suffer. Tucker offers an authentic impression of seven common mental illnesses: depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, self-harm, disordered eating, PTSD and borderline personality disorder. Giving a voice to those who often find it hard to speak themselves, Tucker presents a unique window into the day-to-day trials of living with an unwell mind. She pushes readers to reflect on how we think, talk about and treat mental illness in young women.
Category: Self-Help

Don T Be Weird

Author : Bronwen Clark
ISBN : 9798603004570
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In this brutally honest memoir, Bronwen Clark shares what it's like to grapple with anorexia, depression, anxiety, and the unpredictability of the treatment world. With insights as sharp as her humor, she weaves a layered narrative that illuminates questions of self-worth, identity, and self-love that impact us all, regardless of a diagnosis. From the cold, hard realities of "Food Jail" to the backseat of a patrol car and everything in-between, Clark leverages her own struggle to reclaim her life with a strong dose of existential mirth, diving headfirst into the complexities of mental illness in order to shine a light on the possibility of recovery. With this deeply personal book, Clark reaches out to all who have, or have had, a mental illness, baring all in order to provide a voice to those who suffer in silence. Each chapter seeks to debunk the stigma of mental illness and illuminate the true mental, physical, and emotional havoc it wreaks in the lives of many. Don't Be Weird is a memoir of ballsy candor, introspection, and wisdom that explores questions many of us are afraid to ask, let alone answer, about what it really means to be a mentally fit person in this modern and unbalanced world. In this book, you'll encounter: ✅ Inspiring stories of the author herself while battling normative standards, self-doubt, and regressive tendencies during the healing process ✅ An inside look into what it's like to go through treatment ✅ An in-depth exploration of the impact of role models, how to build a healthy support system, and how to navigate the challenging task of identity formation ✅ Touching yet informative stories behind Clark's battle scars and the people she met along the way. Reclaim your life and the bright future ahead of you. Add Don't Be Weird to you cart TODAY

The Eden Express

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ISBN : 1583225439
Genre : Psychology
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New Foreword by Kurt Vonnegut Winner of the American Library Association Notable Book Award, in this extraordinary memoir the gifted son of one of the literary grandmasters of the 20th century tells of his nervous breakdown in all its slow-motion intimacy, the taste of mortality and opportunity for humour it provided, and the grim despair it afforded as well. One of the best books about going crazy... Required reading' - New York Times 'Not only a memoir about his loss of...innocence, but a surprisingly good-natured trip' - LA Times'
Category: Psychology