Voluntary Madness: Lost and Found in the Mental Healthcare System (Paperback)

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“Norah Vincent spent time in a mental institution for depression after writing Self-Made Man and decided with that experience to study the effects of the commitment and treatment of the mentally ill. The result is a poignant, insightful, and educational look at mental illness, an account of the state of mental health care in America from the inside out by one who has been there.”
— Lillian Kinsey, Bohannons' Books With a Past, Georgetown, KY


From the author of The New York Times bestseller Self- Made Man, a captivating expose of depression and mental illness in America

Revelatory, deeply personal, and utterly relevant, Voluntary Madness is a controversial work that unveils the state of mental healthcare in the United States from the inside out. At the conclusion of her celebrated first book--Self-Made Man, in which she soent eighteen months disguised as a man-Norah Vincent found herself emotionally drained and severely depressed.

Determined but uncertain about maintaining her own equilibrium, she boldly committed herself to three different facilities-a big-city hospital, a private clinic in the Midwest, and finally an upscale retreat in the South. Voluntary Madness is the chronicle of Vincent's journey through the world of the mentally ill as she struggles to find her own health and happiness.

About the Author

Norah Vincent is the author of the New York Times bestseller Self-Made Man. Previously, she wrote a nationally syndicated op-ed column for the Los Angeles Times. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, The Village Voice, and The Washington Post. She lives in New York City.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780143116851
ISBN-10: 0143116851
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: December 29th, 2009
Pages: 304
Language: English