Voluntary Madness: My Year Lost and Found in the Loony Bin

Voluntary Madness: My Year Lost and Found in the Loony Bin

Norah Vincent


The journalist who famously lived as a guy commits herself— literally

Norah Vincent’s New York Times bestselling e-book, Self-Made Man, ended on a harrowing be aware. being affected by critical melancholy after her eighteen months residing disguised as a guy, Vincent felt she was once a possibility to herself. at the suggestion of her psychologist she dedicated herself to a psychological establishment. Out of this uncooked and overwhelming adventure got here the assumption for her subsequent booklet. She made up our minds to get fit and to check the influence of remedy at the depressed and insane “in the bin,” as she calls it.

Vincent’s trip takes her from an immense urban clinic to a facility within the Midwest and at last to an upscale retreat down south, as she analyzes the effect of institutionalization at the ailing, the tyranny of drugs-as-treatment, and the dysfunctional dynamic among caregivers and sufferers. Vincent applies wonderful perception as she exposes her own fight with melancholy and explores the diversity of individuals, caregivers, and methodologies that advisor those unusual, usually frightening, and weird environments. Eye starting, emotionally wrenching, and every now and then very humorous, Voluntary Madness is a riveting paintings that exposes the kingdom of psychological healthcare in the US from the interior out.

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