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 observe. struggling with serious melancholy after her eighteen months residing disguised as a guy, Vincent felt she was once a probability to herself. at the suggestion of her psychologist she devoted herself to a psychological establishment. Out of this uncooked and overwhelming adventure got here the assumption for her subsequent booklet. She determined to get fit and to check the impression of remedy at the depressed and insane “in the bin,” as she calls it.

Vincent’s trip takes her from an enormous urban health center to a facility within the Midwest and at last to an upscale retreat down south, as she analyzes the influence of institutionalization at the sick, the tyranny of drugs-as-treatment, and the dysfunctional dynamic among caregivers and sufferers. Vincent applies magnificent perception as she exposes her own fight with melancholy and explores the diversity of individuals, caregivers, and methodologies that consultant those unusual, usually frightening, and weird environments. Eye beginning, emotionally wrenching, and 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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