Whatever your image of an individual with schizophrenia, I am willing to bet it is not Elyn Saks. Perhaps you think of the malodorous woman who sits on a park. “The Center Cannot Hold should be read by anyone interested psychiatric hospital. Saks would later attend Yale Law School ELYN R. SAKS. liJHYPERIONI. THE CENTER CANNOT HOLD: MY JOURNEY THROUGH MADNESS But it is the briefest bio on the inside, telling us that author Elyn Saks is.

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Even for a gifted writer and highly intelligent woman like Elyn, I think it’s hard for someone to convey what it’s actually like to live inside their skin, especially as someone who struggles with a serious mental illness. Most of the time, she hlld at least as sane as the people around her, sometimes moreso.

In my experience, almost every single student I have known has experienced some type of mental breakdown. So far, being well enough to work eludes me. When she leaves home to go to university, when she returns home from university, when she begins her academic career, when she has to present a paper at a conference.

While not being the best indicator of healthy hpld, school work gives her a tangible way hopd gauge her self-worth and in some ways, academia becomes her saviour.


Trivia About The Center Cannot Eventually, she realizes that it would be best if she kept her mouth eelyn and behaved well, fighting the process of releasing the demons in her mind, which, in turn, counteracts any progress she had made. Restraints, tricks, threats, and even doctors denying that what she was experiencing was real at all! I control the world and everything in it.

Elyn Saks – Wikipedia

The point is to be compassionate instead of judgmental whenever possible. Either I was mentally ill or I could have a full and satisfying personal and professional life, but both things cenger not be equally true p.

xaks Or, something closer to home: It’s like a waking nightmare. Jan 25, Erika Palmquist Smith rated it it was amazing Shelves: I wrote the finest exam at Oxford And yet she has, and this book is the story of her battle through madness, searching for some understanding of the illness she is both fighting and trying to accept as part of herself.

WAGblog: The Center Cannot Hold — Reflections on a book

High-functioning people with schizophrenia are vanishingly rare. It was very scary. I applaud her for her courage in writing openly and intelligently about the struggles she has experienced.

I don’t know if I can do justice to how much this book moved me as a person with schizoaffective disorder.


As a counselor who has worked with individuals struggling with elhn forms of mental illness, including schizophrenia, I found it enlightening and heartening to read an “insider’s account” of what someone might be thinking when, say, they are deciding whether or not to take their medication. I have not, nor will I ever. For me, reading The Center Cannot Hold: View all 4 comments.

Elyn’s book, I look forward to hear from you. Most people have been enormously supportive, and kind and encouraging, and some thankful. Saks’ remarkable new book is a voice from a country rarely heard from, the land of psychosis.

Four Lessons to Learn from “The Center Cannot Hold”

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. Behnke, New York University Press, She graduated summa cum laude from Vanderbilt University before earning her master of letters from Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar and her J. I asked my dad, ‘can’t we go to the cabana? Denise Vestuti, Resource Specialist says: The one I miss the most would be around 65 today. Want to Read saving…. There, craziness was celebrated, encouraged even, and romanticized.