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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

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

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

Hello To All That

Author : John Falk
ISBN : 0805072187
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The personal story of a journalist who reported from the front lines of Sarajevo describes his Long Island childhood, struggle with debilitating depression, anti-depression therapy, and efforts to establish himself as a correspondent. 50,000 first printing.
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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.

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

A Slant Of Sun

Author : Beth Kephart
ISBN : 9780688172282
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The author shares her experiences of loving a child with special needs in an account that describes life with an autistic child, her and her husband's quest to help their son, and his struggle to become a part of the world
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Die Glasglocke

Author : Sylvia Plath
ISBN : OCLC:163739228
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Der Versuch einer seelisch verkapselten 19jährigen Amerikanerin, sich in das Leben zu stürzen, um Erfahrungen zu sammeln, endet mit ihrer Einlieferung in eine psychiatrische Klinik.