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Author Powers, Ron, author.

Title No one cares about crazy people : the chaos and heartbreak of mental health in America / Ron Powers.

Publication Info. New York : Hachette Books, [2017]


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Edition First edition.
Description xxi, 360 pages ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 335-348) and index.
Contents Membrane -- What is schizophrenia? -- Regulars -- Bedlam, before and beyond -- Eugenics: weeding out the mad -- "A more normal world" -- "When they were young" -- Madness and genius -- "If only, if only, if only . . ." -- Chaos and heartbreak -- The great unraveler -- Surcease -- Debacle -- "Hey fam--" -- Antipsychotics -- "Something unexplainable" -- We have done pitifully little about mental illness" -- "Primoshadino" -- Red Sox 17, Yankees 1 -- Insanity and Icarus -- Someone cares about crazy people.
Summary "New York Times bestselling author Ron Powers offers a searching, richly researched narrative of the social history of mental illness in America paired with the deeply personal story of his two sons' battles with schizophrenia. From the centuries of torture of "lunatiks" at Bedlam Asylum to the infamous eugenics era to the follies of the anti-psychiatry movement to the current landscape in which too many families struggle alone to manage afflicted love ones, Powers limns our fears and myths about mental illness and the fractured public policies that have resulted. Braided with that history is the moving story of Powers's beloved son Kevin--spirited, endearing, and gifted--who triumphed even while suffering from schizophrenia until finally he did not, and the story of his courageous surviving son Dean, who is also schizophrenic. A blend of history, biography, memoir, and current affairs ending with a consideration of where we might go from here, this is a thought-provoking look at a dreaded illness that has long been misunderstood"--Provided by publisher.
Subject Schizophrenia -- History.
Mental health services -- History.
Mental health services.
Mentally ill.
Genre/Form Personal Narratives.
Added Title Chaos and heartbreak of mental health in America
ISBN 9780316341172 (hardback)
0316341177 (hardback)

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