The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness by Elyn R. Saks

A fascinating account of one woman’s battle with a spate of mental illnesses ranging from psychoses to schizophrenia, and the various treatments that are administered (usually by trial and error) ranging from psychoanalysis and group therapy to legally prescribed drugs.

What is remarkable about her story is that it not only provides for a better understanding on how to help oneself–or another–to overcome mental illness, but to realize that despite such odds, it is even possible to wildly succeed in a profession of choice, in this case a teaching career in academia.

A bit scary about how thin the “edge” can be between sanity and insanity.

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