Elyn Saks is a success by any measure: she’s an endowed professor at the prestigious University of Southern California Gould School of Law. She has. NPR coverage of The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness by Elyn R. Saks. News, author interviews, critics’ picks and more. “The Center Cannot Hold should be read by anyone interested psychiatric hospital. Saks would later attend Yale Law School ELYN R. SAKS. liJHYPERIONI.

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While medication clearly played a pivotal role in Elyn’s functioning, she ascribes a great deal of credit to psychoanalysis and to the support of her various therapists over the years.

There are memoirs on alcoholism, eating disorders, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. In my opinion her book should be on the top 10 books to read on centeg health. And although I couldn’t have predicted or understood back then how vitally important this would be to my life they gave me what I needed to survive.

I know that medical professionals at that time were not evil, and many of them probably had only good intentions, but her experiences were inhumane and appalling. I can only hope to be as successful as she in the academic world one day, as it takes a lot hopd amb A truly eye-opening book. The Center Cannot Hold: I confess to an energetic sibling rivalry with Warren.

Here, we need to be sane to sals. It does no one any good to pretend that you can simply ignore the illness by sheer strength of will if only you have itand go on as before It also nuances the many ways that stigma against mental illness persists, even among those who claim to be healers, and how that can make it difficult for those with illness to admit to themselves that they are ill.

You want to kill babies, you see, and then make a game out of it. She was cured by dialysis — one in a million, she says now — and became a psychiatrist who nonetheless does not recommend dialysis for anyone else. The only other example that comes to mind is the mathematician John Nash.


Her push for broader emotional therapies for the mentally ill in tandem with pharmacological treatment as opposed to the solely pharmacological approach found too often in the US is powerful and, with luck, will change the minds of medical professionals.

And then you want to turn them into little balls so you can smack cannor again.

The Center Cannot Hold

I don’t think so. However this is not entirely a matter of joy as if someone returned from physical disability to good physical health.

Jul 19, Rebecca rated it liked it. Canont all parents, mine had their strengths and their weaknesses. Thank you, Elyn R. The most interesting parts of the book are the first-person descriptions of how psychosis disintegrates one’s relationship to reality.

An inside peek of the experiences she had while going through mental illness. There is a remarkably touching description of her relationship with a Klienian analyst in Oxford, where she had a scholarship, and the continuing story of her successful academic career in the US.

The Center Cannot Hold offers cneter rare peek into the raging mind of a schizophrenic. A friend of mine calls this “the SuperCrip phenomenon” — like those people who think the legless runner with carbon steel prostheses has an “unfair advantage” over the competition.

Four Lessons to Learn from “The Center Cannot Hold”

Recommended for anyone with an interest in mental illness. Even readers who are well-versed in the literature of psychopathology will find themselves looking at the mentally ill in a new way.

You, despite your ongoing struggle with schizophrenia, are a success story. I haven’t read the book but a friend who owns the facility that I am brought to when I have “episodes” told me about Elyn Sak’s book.

For Saks, the very fact that drugs are required is a sign of weakness; she is continually trying to wean herself off medication, but normally with disastrous consequences.


WAGblog: The Center Cannot Hold — Reflections on a book

Yes, it is an honest portrayal of inner torture, but the book is also filled to the brim with determination. I assume some of it was financed by her parents; she is pretty hard on them. Sadly, this kind of therapy is available to few people and distrusted by many! It is clear that her illness influenced Saks in her choice of academic discipline. It has made me a better person, wiser to human frailty and thus more forgiving of it.

No one knows what will happen as they pass into their fifties and sixties. This book added new depth to my ability to think about mental illness. I’m going to totally and consciously cop out on this review. Her bridge-building into that experience is rare and worthwhile, and can move a reader’s empathy for the mentally ill to a new level at least it did that for me.

I read The Center Cannot Hold and I thought it was a good book and yes, her accomplishments are impressive, but you have given me and your readers so much more and don’t forget, you, too, are a very accomplished person. Finally, the most powerful lesson I took away from this book cenher that regret is overrated.

That being said, overall Elyn did a pretty good job of conveying what it might be like to be her, alternating between significant accomplishment and tremendous struggle to ignore the voices inside her head. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.