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

  • Lew Watts
    Jun 07, 2017

    This was an extremely painful book to read, not least because I have a history of mental illness in my family. Both my mother and her mother committed suicide—same method, same place—and I grew up...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Caidyn (BW Book Reviews)
    Jun 22, 2017

    This review and others can be found on BW Book Reviews.Ron Powers' story is such a compelling one. In this book, he tackles explaining the current state of mental health in America and showing us his ...

  • James Foster
    Jun 05, 2017

    This review is difficult to write. The book was difficult to read. And I am sure Ron Powers found the book difficult to write. My son has schizophrenia. Powers has two sons with the disease, one of wh...

  • 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....