The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays

The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays

Esmé Weijun Wang / Aug 21, 2019

The Collected Schizophrenias Essays 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 strug

  • Title: The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays
  • Author: Esmé Weijun Wang
  • ISBN: 1555978274
  • Page: 146
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 Wan 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 complexity of compounding factors such as PTSD and Lyme disease, Wang s analytical eye, honed as a former lab researcher at Stanford, allows her to balance research with personal narrative An essay collection of undeniable power, The Collected Schizophrenias dispels misconceptions and provides insight into a condition long misunderstood Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 224 pages Expected publication February 5th 2019 by Graywolf Press More Details ISBN 1555978274 ISBN13 9781555978273 Edition Language English Other Editions 4 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Collected Schizophrenias, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book Anticipated Literary Reads For Readers of Color 2019 236 books 87 voters 2019 Books by Authors of Color 284 books 228 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Sep 30, 2018 Hanna rated it it was amazing Harrowing Intense Illuminating Powerful In The Collected Schizofrenias, Esm 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 flag 11 likesLike see review Nov 23, 2018 Melissa rated it it was amazing Shelves badass ladies, to review An outstanding collection of essays about living with schizoaffective disorder and later chronic Lyme disease Wang provides a glimpse into an existence that is harrowing at times but also so rich and filled with life She writes about living with a slippery brain a term taken from the last essay, Beyond the Hedges and how to tether herself to reality A must read out in February 2019 flag 6 likesLike see review Jan 31, 2019 Janelle She Reads with Cats rated it it was amazing Shelves short stories plays essays, nonfiction, 2019, from publisher, to be reviewed Review to come flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 12, 2019 Andrew Unger rated it liked it Shelves non fiction tbr 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 devastating diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder With each essay case studies of her own life juxtaposed against established icons from the canon of mental illne 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 devastating diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder With each essay case studies of her own life juxtaposed against established icons from the canon of mental illness like Nellie Bly as well as cultural memes of our time like Slender Man Wang carefully builds nuance to confront this objectivity The result is a peerless, cohesive work that offers a glimpse at a larger ur narrative that never quite manages to take shape in the limited space of these essays By distancing herself from herself, Wang performs an effortless trapeze act that grows amazing with each repetition from this writerly sleight of hand, she creates a sense of someone viewing themselves as if they were a patient of themselves, an ultimately beautiful, emotionally propulsive, and necessary dislocation of the psyche one not dissimilar from the types of instabilities this book seeks to illuminate I wanted I left this collection wishing for the apotheosis of what these essays hint at, which to me is a thorough ambiguation of so many vain attempts to disambiguate, delineate, and unfairly distill the precise nature of what is sane Wang deserves a bigger canvas and I hope this book resounds in a way that will allow her the unlimited space she deserves to present the great work that lies just outside the margins of this slim and stirring, though unbalanced collection flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 02, 2019 Katy rated it really liked it This intimate and harrowing look at the author s schizoaffective disorder is a raw and complex read, and it s honestly difficult to get through I had to put it down and step away a few times before coming back to it Wang writes about her experiences in detail, and her wrenching essays are essential for anyone interested in psychology That said, I did find the first essay a bit too dense and jargon y for someone like me who isn t well educated on these topics flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 27, 2018 Hannah Fenster rated it it was amazing Schizophrenia terrifies, warns the first line of The Collected Schizophrenias Then, despite this caution, it proceeds Such conviction quickly becomes a pattern over the course of the collection See the difficult thing Face it anyway With profound compassion and curiosity, Esm Weijun Wang displays her uncanny ability to write in multiple dimensions, using research, memoir, and pop culture to gather the pieces of a conversation that often feels at least to me like a fragile, elusive one L Schizophrenia terrifies, warns the first line of The Collected Schizophrenias Then, despite this caution, it proceeds Such conviction quickly becomes a pattern over the course of the collection See the difficult thing Face it anyway With profound compassion and curiosity, Esm Weijun Wang displays her uncanny ability to write in multiple dimensions, using research, memoir, and pop culture to gather the pieces of a conversation that often feels at least to me like a fragile, elusive one Like the schizophrenias themselves, these varied essays are not without a linking force an unwavering focus on the human element in the experience of schizophrenia In accounting for people living with mental illness, parents and caretakers, researchers, lawmakers, clinicians, university administrators, and children, among others, Wang leans into the complexity that flawed, contradictory, often well intentioned people innately lend to any circumstance I ve been looking for this book for years, without quite knowing it What a relief to face the difficult thing, and to find despite the cautions a distinct strength flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 23, 2019 Sarah rated it it was amazing Shelves essays, memoir, illness, woc, spring 2019 One of the areas in which I am underread is first person, own voices mental illness narratives Part of the reason for that is how few of those narratives there are in the world, especially that don t focus purely on depression It s not that depression isn t a serious and important illness one with which I myself grapple , but the brain, the mind, is the most complicated space in the universe, and there s to its health and illness than one disease.Esm Weijun Wang is someone I ve followed One of the areas in which I am underread is first person, own voices mental illness narratives Part of the reason for that is how few of those narratives there are in the world, especially that don t focus purely on depression It s not that depression isn t a serious and important illness one with which I myself grapple , but the brain, the mind, is the most complicated space in the universe, and there s to its health and illness than one disease.Esm Weijun Wang is someone I ve followed a bit here and there online, and have considered taking her courses than once I still think I might But I didn t know much of her story, or anyone s who carries a diagnosis of one or of the schizophrenias.This book is incredible With a combination of deep research and detailed, equally deep insight into the nuances of experiencing psychosis first hand, Wang brings the reader into a totally immersive and gripping memoir There are so many things I haven t thought about or heard about in regards to severe mental illness like schizophrenia One of the many things that struck me most was Wang s ability to recount how vividly she hallucinated or knew things that weren t true Another little thing that really stuck on me was one doctor s comment that eventually all mental illness will be traced to autoimmune disorders That idea seems like it would make a lot of sense But there are many facets of this work that really opened and expanded my thinking about severe mental illness, and mental illness in general It s beautifully written and Wang s voice is like your smartest and most empathetic friend Reading this has transformed my thinking in important ways.I highly recommend this book to literally every human being, no matter what diagnoses you do or don t carry Thank you Graywolf for the ARC I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review opinions are my own flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 31, 2019 Lupita Reads rated it it was amazing review of another edition Captivating essential collection of essays Thankful to Wang for sharing her story with readers flag 2 likesLike see review Sarah Can t freakin wait Feb 01, 2019 07 23AM Jan 25, 2019 Michael Smith rated it it was amazing This is a powerful and important book by a courageous writer willing to share her personal struggles I come from a family with mental illness, and this book hit home on many levels Strongly recommended flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 26, 2018 Julia rated it it was amazing Shelves arc, non fiction, psych neuroscience This collection of essays is a true gift Esm Weijun Wang chronicles her own diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder and in so doing gives us a generous look at a very misunderstood condition This is a moving look at mental illness from the viewpoint of the diagnosed rather than the one doing the diagnosing, with important lessons for all of us on how to treat others dealing with diagnoses laden with stigma flag Like see review Nov 22, 2018 Jaime rated it it was ok I wish I could have given this 2.5 stars, but instead, I rounded down I wanted to love this, but it fell flat for me flag Like see review Jan 23, 2019 Leslie rated it it was amazing Essential reading for the twenty first century flag Like see review Emilie rated it really liked it Nov 25, 2018 Russell rated it it was amazing Jan 22, 2019 Timothy Moore rated it it was amazing Dec 02, 2018 SabirSultan rated it it was amazing Jan 30, 2019 Rachel rated it it was amazing Jan 06, 2019 Sachi Argabright rated it really 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        Esm Weijun Wang is an award winning mental health advocate and speaker, as well as a journalist and essayist The Border of Paradise is her first novel Just announced as the winner of the 2016 Graywolf Press NonFiction Prize for her book of essays, The Collected Schizophrenias She lives in San Francisco.


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    1. Harrowing Intense Illuminating Powerful In The Collected Schizofrenias, Esm 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.


    2. An outstanding collection of essays about living with schizoaffective disorder and later chronic Lyme disease Wang provides a glimpse into an existence that is harrowing at times but also so rich and filled with life She writes about living with a slippery brain a term taken from the last essay, Beyond the Hedges and how to tether herself to reality A must read out in February 2019.



    3. 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 devastating diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder With each essay case studies of her own life juxtaposed against established icons from the canon of mental illne Wang op [...]


    4. This intimate and harrowing look at the author s schizoaffective disorder is a raw and complex read, and it s honestly difficult to get through I had to put it down and step away a few times before coming back to it Wang writes about her experiences in detail, and her wrenching essays are essential for anyone interested in psychology That said, I did find the first essay a bit too dense and jargon y for someone like me who isn t well educated on these topics.


    5. Schizophrenia terrifies, warns the first line of The Collected Schizophrenias Then, despite this caution, it proceeds Such conviction quickly becomes a pattern over the course of the collection See the difficult thing Face it anyway With profound compassion and curiosity, Esm Weijun Wang displays her uncanny ability to write in multiple dimensions, using research, memoir, and pop culture to gather the pieces of a conversation that often feels at least to me like a fragile, elusive one L Schizoph [...]


    6. One of the areas in which I am underread is first person, own voices mental illness narratives Part of the reason for that is how few of those narratives there are in the world, especially that don t focus purely on depression It s not that depression isn t a serious and important illness one with which I myself grapple , but the brain, the mind, is the most complicated space in the universe, and there s to its health and illness than one disease.Esm Weijun Wang is someone I ve followed One of [...]


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