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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,983 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elyn R. Saks Narrator: Alma Cuervo Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Professor of psychiatry Elyn R. Saks writes about her struggle with schizophrenia in this unflinching account of her mental illness. In The Center Cannot Hold, Saks draws readers into a nightmare world of medications, a misguided health care system, and social stigmas. But she would not be defeated. With a strength and force of will that most can only imagine, Saks reclaimed her life and went on to achieve great success. Download and start listening now!


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Steffaniebarnard | 2/20/2014

    " Elyn was the guest speaker at the ceremony for my masters degree. She was incredibly inspiring in her 6 minute speech (about battling schizophrenia her entire life while also trying to pursue a "normal" existence) and her book is nothing less than extraordinary. I recommend it to anyone wanting to gain perspective on what it's like to suffer with a mental illness, especially my fellow psychology colleagues. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Margot | 2/19/2014

    " Wow! I'm amazed at the tenacity of the author. She has led an incredible life and her regrets are those any person might have leading a "normal" life. There are gaps in the book that I find disturbing... I'm not sure if they are do to her level of sanity during the time she experienced them, or whether she just didn't want to look more in depth at what she was discussing. I would have been interested in what her actual diagnosis was while she was at Oxford... for instance. All in all it was fascinating reading about her struggles and her methods of pulling herself up and forcing herself to achieve what she started out to do regardless of what her mind was up to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rachel | 2/8/2014

    " Worth reading in case you ever wondered what it's like to be psychotic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Susan Grantham | 1/30/2014

    " I was blown away by this book. Elyn Saks is extremely accomplished, even in the "mentally healthy" world. To have someone of her professional caliber write intimately about her life's journey with this horrendous disease is a gift to all who struggle or have friends/family who struggle with schizophrenia. Her vivid descriptions of her psychotic epdisodes, her continuing hope/belief that she'd be able to live without meds, how her personal hygiene deteriorated as her psychosis reigned....all rang true for what I know about the disease. What struck me, however, was the few close friends and her spouse who were always by her side and understood her illness. To me, they seemed to the make the difference in her ability to find her way back from psychosis and move forward with the other parts of her life. Unfortunately, I think that most people living with schizophrenia do not have such social support. My only fear is that this book will serve to minimize the disease...i.e., thinking that Saks' experience is the norm rather than the exception for people living with this disease. "

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