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The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays
Contributor(s): Wang, Esme Weijun (Author)

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ISBN: 1555978274     ISBN-13: 9781555978273
Publisher: Graywolf Press
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: February 2019
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Annotation: Using examples from her own diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder, the author discusses some of the misconceptions about the illness, the disagreements within the medical community, and her experiences of the dangers of institutionalization and mistreatment.
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BISAC Categories:
- Literary Collections | Essays
- Psychology | Applied Psychology
- Biography & Autobiography | People With Disabilities
Dewey: 616.898
Physical Information: 0.7" H x 5.5" W x 8.2" (0.65 lbs) 224 pages
 
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Contributor Bio(s): Esmé Weijun Wang is the author of The Border of Paradise. She received the Whiting Award in 2018 and was named one of Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists of 2017. She holds an MFA from the University of Michigan and lives in San Francisco.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2018 October #3)

In this penetrating and revelatory exploration, novelist Wang (The Border of Paradise) shows how having a bipolar-type schizoaffective disorder has permeated her life. Stating that "my brain has been one of my most valuable assets since childhood," she writes with blunt honesty about striving to be seen as "high functioning," aware that "the brilliant facade of a good face and a good outfit" drastically affects how she is perceived. She explains her decision not to have children, while recalling time spent working at a camp for bipolar children, and muses about viewing her condition as a manifestation of "supernatural ability" rather than a hindrance. Wang invariably describes her symptoms and experiences with remarkable candor and clarity, as when she narrates a soul-crushing stay in a Louisiana mental hospital and the alarming onset of a delusion in which "the thought settles over me, fine and gray as soot, that I am dead." She also tackles societal biases and misconceptions about mental health issues, criticizing involuntary commitment laws as cruel. Throughout these essays, Wang trains a dispassionate eye onto her personal narrative, creating a clinical remove that allows for the neurotypical reader's greater comprehension of a thorny and oft-misunderstood topic. Agent: Jin Auh, the Wylie Agency. (Feb.)

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