Essay on The Center Cannot Hold

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Abnormal Psychology Summary of text: The book “The center cannot hold: My Journey Through Madness” written by Elyn Saks is a gripping and eye opening story about her personal battle with the lifetime sentence of Schizophrenia. The book starts out by telling about her childhood in Miami Florida. She lived a normal life, for the most part, with a normal family who loved and supported her. Though even from an early age she knew something was off. She was a quirky, paranoid girl who almost seemed at times to have obsessive-compulsive disorder. She often thought people were outside her house waiting to come in and abduct her. These strange feelings were not all that plagued Elyn in her childhood; she also had a struggle with…show more content…
Then the time finally came for her to leave England, she made the decision to continue with her education at Yale law school. This move to a different culture and away from Jones was one that sent her spiraling. The voices, evil thoughts, and hallucinations became worse than ever before. Once she arrived at Yale trouble was already knocking at her doorstep, it was there that she had her first psychotic break in front of other people. She began too say wild things while studying with two of her classmates in the library, “let’s all go out on the roof. It’s OK. It’s safe.” (136) This behavior was enough to scare her classmates out of associating with her. After this episode a professor convinced her to go to the hospital and reluctantly she complied. This hospital did not take kindly to her psychosis and restrained her numerous times with straps. She had never been treated this way before and was confused and frightened. She later said for a hospital for the mentally ill it had been a brutal experience (157). She then was moved to a different hospital, memorial Unit 10 (MU10) where she was first diagnosed with “Schizophrenia with acute exacerbation” (167). Though she had finally gotten a diagnosis for her broken brain it seemed more like a death sentence than a diagnosis. She continued on with life in depression, psychosis, and denial. Not long after she met a man in one of her classes named Steve, he was kind and made
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