Powerful, affecting essays on mental illness, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and a Whiting AwardAn intimate, moving book written with the immediacy and directness of one who still struggles with the effects of mental and chronic illness, The Collected Schizophrenias cuts right to the core. Schizophrenia is not a single unifying diagnosis, and Esm Weijun Wang writes not just to her fellow members of the "collected schizophrenias" but to those who wish to understand it as well. Opening with the journey toward her diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder, Wang discusses the medical community's own disagreement about labels and procedures for diagnosing those with mental illness, and then follows an arc that examines the manifestations of schizophrenia in her life. In essays that range from using fashion to present as high-functioning to the depths of a rare form of psychosis, and from the failures of the higher education system and the dangers of institutionalization to the co...
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The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays Reviews
‘i have been physically lost in a pitch-dark room. there is the ground, which may be nowhere other than immediately below my own numbed feet. those foot-shaped anchors are the only trustworthy landmarks. if i make a wrong move, i’ll have to face the gruesome consequence. in this bleak abyss the key is not to be afraid, because fear, though inevitable, only compounds the awful feeling of being lost.’
this book left me speechless, and yet filled my mind with all the thoughts and feelings, with so ...more
This was tough to rate. Some of the essays were deeply informative and emotional. Some were just .... there. I wish this would have been more a memoir and not essays. It felt disconnected. I feel like three stars is a “mean” rating for someone who wrote a book and has a debilitating mental illness. That author should automatically get six stars because it takes guts and a tremendous amount of mind power to complete a work like this. But I’m sticking with my rating of three. Didn’t love it, didn’ ...more
Beautifully written, fiercely insightful. And a quiet argument that fighting mental illness stigma is fighting for ALL mentally ill people, even the ones whose symptoms are confusing and scary to other people, even the ones resistant to medication or hospitalization (there are VERY good reasons to be wary of both, and forcing them on people is monstrous). I'm mentally ill myself, severely enough to require medication to function, severely enough to worry and disturb others sometimes; but I've be ...more
Harrowing. Intense. Illuminating. Powerful.
In The Collected Schizofrenias, Esmé tells the story of her life with mental illness and Lyme disease. This feels like an intimate and honest look at what living with schizophrenia can be like. From psychosis to not being taken seriously by medical professionals, each page of this book offers insight into a world that isn't discussed enough. This will be a powerful nonfiction read in 2019.
The Collected Schizophrenias is a brilliantly written collection of essays about what it's like to live with a schizoaffective disorder. Schizophrenia is easily the most misunderstood mental health condition, and while no one experience can be taken as the one example of how that illness impacts everyone who has it, Esmé Weijun Wang does much to demystify what it is like to live with this disorder. Her writing is very candid and feels like it comes from a deeply personal place. It really opened ...more
I've avoided most personal perspectives of my diagnosis since, well, it was mentioned as my diagnosis but after encountering one of the author's books on Gumroad I became intrigued and it was time, really.
So many mental illness narratives I encountered back when I read them in my teens now feel like they were marketed for the reader's titillation but I felt I could trust this press, could trust a whole book of essays on living with schizoaffective from someone who had written (literary!) books ...more
Esmeralda Weijun Wang wants to be a high functioning individual while she contends with her multiple diagnoses. To understand her ability to concentrate long enough, organize her thoughts to allow her to write these essays, and to seek costly medical and alternative type medical care is to come to the conclusion that she is financially very well off. She is not homeless, going hungry, under or unemployed,lacking facilities for hygiene, etc. As part of her high functioning “mask” she applies Tom ...more
Wang opens this tour de force collection with a recitation from the DSM V and a careful meditation on the importance and impact of such deliberate categorizations of subjective mental instabilities. Primarily, Wang focuses on the lack of context given to patients on the purlieus of schizophrenia, those living with the sometimes more devastating diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder. With each essay — case studies of her own life juxtaposed against established icons from the canon of mental illne ...more