Elyn Saks is a success by any measure: she’s an endowed professor at the prestigious University of Southern California Gould School of Law. She has. NPR coverage of The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness by Elyn R. Saks. News, author interviews, critics’ picks and more. “The Center Cannot Hold should be read by anyone interested psychiatric hospital. Saks would later attend Yale Law School ELYN R. SAKS. liJHYPERIONI.

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I confess to an energetic sibling rivalry with Warren. Sometimes, when washing my hands, I had to wash them a second time, then a cannt time. Jan 26, jv poore rated it liked it Shelves: While Elyn Saks has a hopeful story, I don’t think one should trade success like that with having ongoing symptoms.

She doesn’t deny the severity of her symptoms, while also acknowledging that the life she’s built for herself is atypical — she is a married, tenured law professor at USC with degrees from Vanderbilt, Oxford, and Yale.

I’m not really sure if what I’m saying or writing is what I really feel or think, or is just done to fulfill the expectations of my audience, or echoing someone else’s ideas that I might like at that particular moment but may not be in alignment with my fundamental beliefs. After one of my milder episodes and just as I hit forty, I decided to reinvent myself. Instead of falling apart and giving in, Elyn fought back and this helped her to continue to live a fulfilling life.


Alya at December 31, It is difficult for many people to see two apparently-conflicting sides of the same story. Sadly, this kind of therapy is available to few people and distrusted by many!

I lost touch with both of cneter as the years passed and we grew apart. Then centre the night terrors, the feeling that someone was outside her window. I value your opinion and though we’ve “crossed” here re: When the theater manager was robbed after closing one night, my parents made me quit the job. National Center for Cenfer InformationU. Then, still connected enough to reality to realize her classmates do not share in her sentiments: My commnent here will skirt the issue, as I did indeed interview Elyn Saks for the SchizophreniaConnection blog I write.

She was taken to the emergency room, force-fed antipsychotic medication, and tied hand-and-foot to the cold metal of a hospital bed.

This is a memoir with an important message. She touches on her own personal experiences with hospitalization, the use of restraints, and medication compliance but also ties it yold the broader legal implications of decisions like This is easily the best book I’ve read this year, and one of the best “layman’s” books about mental illness that I’ve ever read.

Saks embodies the epitome of resilience – the ability to bounce back and keep going when things get difficult.

The Centre Cannot Hold (My Journey Through Madness)

Hence, it is encouraged to go through this memoir to get an understanding and it will help everyone to become more compassionate and most importantly, will saka judging. But was psychoanalysis really the key?

The main thrust of her book is to tell people who are not mentally ill, “Schizophrenic people aren’t monsters – I’m just like you. This is easily the best book I’ve read this year, and one of the best “layman’s” books about mental illness that I’ve ever read.


Either I was mentally ill or I could have a full and satisfying personal and professional life, but both things could not be equally true p. View all 7 comments. I ths I had a basic understanding of what schizophrenia was, but Saks really proved me wrong. Her impression is passing.

The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness by Elyn R. Saks

There are many reasons to read Cannot Hold. And Holdd am grateful that you have had the courage to put yourself out there not only in your poems but in your blog. It should help point you in the direction that you want to move forward towards.

From this determination emerges hope. Jul 28, Robert rated it it was amazing. Under that pleasant surface, however, things were more complex, as family matters inevitably are. Sometimes she saw herself as the Lady of the Charts who was an impostor in her professional life — and at other times she denied that she was ill and didn’t need medication she always decompensated when testing this hypothesis.

Sep 03, Tracy rated it really liked it Recommends it for: