"Make your life spectacular. I know I did."
"Depression, that's one thing- lot of people have depression, and they're not crazy. Bipolar, schizophrenia- that's crazy. That's mental illness- the psychos, the nut cases, the incurably insane, the muttering bag ladies and bums, the freaks. So I take my meds, and don't accept the name for what I have." -"Madness: [...]
I'm halfway through "Madness" & I love it. This memoir captures the complexity of mental illness by looking at the comorbidity with eating disorders, anxiety, substance abuse, and alcoholism (self-medicating). The disorders feed off of each other, making treatment even more tricky. It shows how complicated treatment can be, even when you are [...]
"It took me far too long to realize that lost years and relationships cannot be recovered, that damage done to oneself and others cannot always be put right again, and that freedom from the control imposed by medication loses its meaning when the only alternatives are death and insanity." -Kay Redfield Jamison An [...]
Excerpt from book: Soon afterward, his language stopped developing, and eventually he lost the language skills he already had. He stopped responding to his name. You could even bang pots & pans behind him, and he wouldn't respond. ... But we knew it was something more. ... Around this time, I overheard some acquaintances [...]