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
There are many ways to be human, however, 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... More > from all humanity. Until I came to know this, I was doomed to despair.
I relate the particulars of my journey through the chaos of a dysfunctional home and of haphazard psychiatric diagnosis and treatment. However, seemingly overwhelming odds can be overcome and connection achieved.
This tale takes the reader from the middle 1940's to the present. I imbed within my personal memoir, psychiatric attitudes toward diagnoses and treatments and their changes over decades. I describe the impact this has on me.
As a labeled person,I attest to the internalization of these diagnoses and the self-loathing and alienation that goes along with it. The reader will come away with alternatives to this negative view, whether she or he is a recipient of psychiatric judgments or not.< Less
Lynne's memoir takes us from the chaos and cruelty of her dysfunctional childhood home, to subsequent haphazard psychiatric diagnosis and treatment, to the mental health client self-help movement and... More > beyond, as she finds her, voice, connection and relationship to humanity.
Twenty of her original drawings and paintings illustrate the facets of her journey.< Less