The Collected Schizophrenias

The Collected Schizophrenias

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"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"-- Publisher's description.
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota :, Graywolf Press,, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781555978273
1555978274
Branch Call Number: B Wang 2019
Characteristics: 202 pages ; 21 cm

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"Wang's essays open with her diagnosis with schizoaffective disorder and proceed to track its movement and effects throughout her life. Her writing is potent and fascinating, tending towards the blunt over the confessional."

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OPL_EllyR Jun 11, 2019

This may be the best nonfiction that I've read this year, and, in fact, is high in the running for best book overall. Wang's writing is dynamic and compelling, her stories varied and vivid. Mental health biographies can sometimes tend towards the confessional, but Wang remains in full command of ... Read More »


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ArapahoeBethM Aug 25, 2019

I love this book for the fact that it was even written at all. So many people still shy away from the topic of mental illness, and those who suffer from these diseases are still shamed and ostracized. Wang treats the sufferers with so much respect, and her description of what it's like to have hallucinations or extreme paranoia is as close as most of us will ever get to understanding the experience. Her writing is flawless and flows beautifully. Love this book.

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mlaferney
Aug 10, 2019

Wang's collection of essays looks at her experience as a person diagnosed with schizophrenia and the ways even mental health advocates can leave behind certain diagnoses and conditions. A rich, challenging, necessary book.

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Mogelica
Jun 17, 2019

This is an excellent book. Her narrative is fascinating and she puts it in the context of the larger mental health treatment world. It is a valuable interface. Actually a page turner. Thank you for writing this book.

OPL_EllyR Jun 11, 2019

This may be the best nonfiction that I've read this year, and, in fact, is high in the running for best book overall. Wang's writing is dynamic and compelling, her stories varied and vivid. Mental health biographies can sometimes tend towards the confessional, but Wang remains in full command of her narrative, carefully shaping the intimate perspectives her readers are granted. Though the book clarifies certain parts of her experience, I was left in awe of the diversity of ways schizophrenias can play out, and of my own thorough misunderstanding of their possible origins and vast manifestations.

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writermala
Jun 02, 2019

When I first started reading this book I felt it was very pedantic and would be suitable only for medical professionals; however as I read along I found the description of the lived experience was quite riveting. Esme Wang is an excellent writer and though she is in the grip of a severe mental illness she is 'sane' enough to record the symptoms of her illness. The accounts of her stay in hospitals are really poignant. A must read for not just medical professionals and caregivers but also patients themselves.

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rlvinthe415
Feb 26, 2019

I loved this book for its facility with an subject that refuses to be tied down. She, Esme Weijun Wang, manages her writing even better than her illness, and I congratulate her because on the streets of our city we have seen how challenging schizophrenia can be. The various coping methods she uses, as well as their failures and successes, Wang details in a style evocative of the tension of the disease. She writes not just as a person with schizphrenia. Also as an advocate and researcher. I appreciate the many local angles as well. Finally, as a Yalie, I found her mentions amusing, particularly this, to paraphrase: going to Yale means I have schizophrenia, but I am not worthless. Lol!

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