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No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America
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No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America

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New York Times-bestselling author Ron Powers offers a searching, richly researched narrative of the social history of mental illness in America paired with the deeply personal story of his two sons' battles with schizophrenia.

From the centuries of torture of "lunatiks" at Bedlam Asylum to the infamous eugenics era to the follies of the anti-psychiatry movement to the current landscape in which too many families struggle alone to manage afflicted love ones, Powers limns our fears and myths about mental illness and the fractured public policies that have resulted.

Braided with that history is the moving story of Powers's beloved son Kevin--spirited, endearing, and gifted--who triumphed even while suffering from schizophrenia until finally he did not, and the story of his courageous surviving son Dean, who is also schizophrenic.

A blend of history, biography, memoir, and current affairs ending with a consideration of where we might go from here, this is a thought-provoking look at a dreaded illness that has long been misunderstood.

Title:No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America
ISBN:0316341177
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:384 pages
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  • Kristin
    Jan 07, 2017

    In No One Cares About Crazy People, Ron Powers explores the insidious treatment of the mentally ill throughout history and the social injustice perpetrated against their desperate families. Stigmatize...

  • Bonnie Brody
    Apr 02, 2017

    As a clinical social worker with a special interest in the seriously mentally ill, I very much appreciated Ron Powers' personal and societal exploration of mental illness. As the father of two schizop...

  • Toni
    Apr 12, 2017

    Exceptional book that provides both valuable information and family insight to mental illness. While Mr. Powers had every right to pour his emotion into this book he did so sparingly, gently, with ele...

  • Robyn Obermeyer
    Apr 01, 2017

    This book is very sad, yet the details and research into mental illness are real facts. I like the way the writer writes, and feel lots of empathy toward his life and his sons. I learned a lot reading...

  • Holly
    May 16, 2017

    Overview of how psychiatric illness has been misunderstood, criminalized, ignored, and treated, with a special emphasis on schizophrenia, the disease that haunts Powers's own family.Although it clocke...

  • Pam ?Because Someone Must Be a Thorn? Tee
    Mar 26, 2017

    ~review copyThe writing did not engage me. My other friends like this book and got more from it so take my opinion with a grain of salt....

  • Kacey
    Apr 19, 2017

    This text weaves two major threads: an opinionated history of the treatment of mental illness, mostly in the U.S., and a tragic memoir of the author's sons -- gifted and schizophrenic. There's conflic...

  • Sarah Wilson
    May 06, 2017

    Let me start off with saying: I wish this book didn't exist. I wish it was full of falsehoods. But instead it's filled with harsh realities that we as a nation and a culture have to face. This book al...

  • Celine
    Apr 04, 2017

    Ron Powers' book is a collection of histories (the history of asylums, the history of psychotropics, etc.) tethered together by the story of his sons and their familial experience with schizophrenia. ...

  • Steve Peifer
    Apr 23, 2017

    Very possibility the most harrowing book you may ever read. Sad, desperate and a scene that is every parent's worst nightmare. Not for the faint of heart but an important subject told with sad courage...