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Camarillo State Hospital: Snapshot of an Era A Collection of Poems and Prose By Lynne Stewart
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A young woman is labeled schizophrenic, but is living with anger and withdrawing from the oppression of abuse and trauma. She gains solace and amusement expressing herself writing poetry in an... More > insane asylum. The book is illustrated with pictures and drawings. The hospital was Camarillo State Hospital in Ventura, California in the mid-1960's.< Less
On Becoming Human: A Memoir By Lynne Stewart
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Lynne Stewart’s book is both captivating and compelling as she chronicles her long arduous path to realizing her humanity. Her journey through the chaos of a trauma laden childhood and of... More > haphazard psychiatric diagnosis and treatment demonstrates that seemingly overwhelming odds can be overcome. Lynne grew up in an environment that betrayed her child-like trust in the goodness of life. To protect herself she withdrew to a deep hidden place inside herself, layering thick walls of defense around her hopes and dreams for a future with human contact, relationships, and love. She decided to stay hidden, but at 28-years-old tender, caring words were spoken to her secreted hopes. "As a child, I felt alien to this planet. My survival instinct drove me to wall off the core of my being from the outside world resulting in deep isolation from all humanity. Until I came to know this I was doomed to despair."< Less
On Becoming Human: A Memoir By Lynne Stewart
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Lynne Stewart’s book is captivating and compelling as she chronicles her path to realizing her humanity. Her instincts to love and be loved were thwarted as she grew up. Her trust in the... More > goodness of life was betrayed. Hidden behind thick walls of misery and loneliness at twenty-eight tender, caring words were spoken to her. Her life changed forever. He became her psychotherapist. She survives the intense psychoanalytic psychotherapy and allows the reader to experience her epiphany as she emerges ready to live life to the fullest. Her ability to identify with others labeled “mentally ill” informs the next phase of her life. She becomes an advocate and organizer. The book is a must read for anyone struggling through the labyrinthine mystery of how to get emotional or psychological help in America today. Lynne has given a message of hope to the hopeless by showing others who suffer, another way out of pain. Twenty of her original drawings and paintings illustrate the facets of her journey.< Less