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Read Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So doc â Hardcover ☆ johnscyclingdiary ó ✬ [PDF] ✓ Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So By Mark Vonnegut ✹ – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk More than thirty years after the publicCtice At times he felt that his parents’ lives would improve if only they had a few hundred bucks in their bank account while at other points his father’s fame merely heightened expectations that he be better funnier and crazier than the average personUltimately a tribute to the small daily and positive parts of a life interrupted by bipolar disorder Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So is a wise unsentimental and inspiring book that will resonate with generations of readers There are certain books you read during your life that stick with you For me one of those is one I first read while still in college Mark Vonnegut's The Eden Express A Memoir of Insanity First published in 1975 and reissued in 2002 the book is a frank and compelling story of a young man's descent into schizophrenia and his recovery from itIn the introduction to that book Vonnegut the son of author Kurt Vonnegut described himself as a hippie a son of a counterculture hero a BA in religion with a a genetic biochemical predisposition to schizophrenia He and friends established a commune in a remote area of British Columbia but the mysticism he sensed he was experiencing led in 1971 to his hospitalization in a psychiatric hospital in Vancouver for what was diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenia Eden Express details that journey two subseuent hospitalizations and his efforts toward recoveryAlthough Vonnegut has since come to believe what he really suffered from was a combination of what is now know as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia his recovery has been eually remarkable Not only did he return to normal life he attended Harvard Medical School and has been a practicing pediatrician in the Boston area sine the early 1980s With his follow up memoir Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So he takes takes readers on that journey and his fourth psychiatric breakdown when the voices came back than 14 years after his last breakdownAs a fan of Eden Express I must admit I approached Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So with a bit of trepidation I didn't want anything to take away my favorable impression of the first book although rereading it before the new book arguably have increased that risk Yet the new book drew me in as much as the first and I found it just as compelling Not only does Vonnegut he again provide insight into the lives of those who confront mental illnesses the book gives us a real glimpse of the type of person and doctor he is his bout with alcoholism and a look at how the practice of medicine has changed in the last 25 years Every bright idea that was supposed to improve medical care has made care worse usually by increasing costs and restricting accessEden Express was marked by its frank yet conversational tone A similar approach helps make Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So as good as the predecessor The two books though are different The new one break the story into smaller segments as opposed to lengthier chapters It also has echoes of his father's style and wit For example if he's been doing so well why does he continue to see a psychiatrist? His response is a simple Vonnegutesue one Over the years I've come to care about Ned and and I think I go mostly to make sure he's okay Or he notes at one point I have so many original thoughts I have to take medication for itThis approach enhances the readability of a story that gives an idea of the life of a regular person dealing with existing or uiescent mental illness and how easy it can be to slip into a manic depressive or schizophrenic stateStill Vonnegut never suggests he possesses some uniue uality or strength that gave him advantages in recoveringNone of us are entirely well and none of us are irrevocably sick At my best I have islands of being sick entirely At my worst I had islands of being well Except for a reluctance to give up on myself there isn't anything I can claim credit for that helped me recover from my breaks Even that doesn't count You either have or don't have a reluctance to give up on yourself It helps a lot if others don't give up on youYet even that doesn't ensure there will never be recurrences In fact Vonnegut's fourth breakdown found him taken by police from his home in a straitjacket when he tried unsuccessfully to run through a third floor window to prove to God that he was worthy of saving and not just a selfish little shit Vonnegut says that when the voices he heard in the early 1970s came back it was like we picked up in the middle of a conversation that had been interrupted just a few minutes earlier The manic part of his bipolar disorder manic depression makes it that much difficult Vonnegut describes the slide into mental illness as a grammatical shift Thoughts come into the mind as firmly established truth The fantastic presents itself as factOnce again though the hospitalization together with medication and support allowed Vonnegut to return to a normal life including the practice of medicine He forthrightly examines not only the role of medication but the treatment he underwent in the 1970s and explores the extent to which family heredity can play a role in a person's psychiatric state Fortunately Vonnegut did not just return to the practice of medicine but also to memoir Taken together Eden Express and Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So are an excellent survey of a life affected by mental illness Yet with its style tone and frank manner of addressing serious issues and events Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So earns a place on anyone's bookshelf on its own merits It is the most insightful and enjoyable memoir I've read in a long timeOriginally posted at A Progressive on the Prairie

Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More SoCtice At times he felt that his parents’ lives would improve if only they had a few hundred bucks in their bank account while at other points his father’s fame merely heightened expectations that he be better funnier and crazier than the average personUltimately a tribute to the small daily and positive parts of a life interrupted by bipolar disorder Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So is a wise unsentimental and inspiring book that will resonate with generations of readers There are certain books you read during your life that stick with you For me one of those is one I first read while still in college Mark Vonnegut's The Eden Express A Memoir of Insanity First published in 1975 and reissued in 2002 the book is a frank and compelling story of a young man's descent into schizophrenia and his recovery from itIn the introduction to that book Vonnegut the son of author Kurt Vonnegut described himself as a hippie a son of a counterculture hero a BA in religion with a a genetic biochemical predisposition to schizophrenia He and friends established a commune in a remote area of British Columbia but the mysticism he sensed he was experiencing led in 1971 to his hospitalization in a psychiatric hospital in Vancouver for what was diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenia Eden Express details that journey two subseuent hospitalizations and his efforts toward recoveryAlthough Vonnegut has since come to believe what he really suffered from was a combination of what is now know as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia his recovery has been eually remarkable Not only did he return to normal life he attended Harvard Medical School and has been a practicing pediatrician in the Boston area sine the early 1980s With his follow up memoir Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So he takes takes readers on that journey and his fourth psychiatric breakdown when the voices came back than 14 years after his last breakdownAs a fan of Eden Express I must admit I approached Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So with a bit of trepidation I didn't want anything to take away my favorable impression of the first book although rereading it before the new book arguably have increased that risk Yet the new book drew me in as much as the first and I found it just as compelling Not only does Vonnegut he again provide insight into the lives of those who confront mental illnesses the book gives us a real glimpse of the type of person and doctor he is his bout with alcoholism and a look at how the practice of medicine has changed in the last 25 years Every bright idea that was supposed to improve medical care has made care worse usually by increasing costs and restricting accessEden Express was marked by its frank yet conversational tone A similar approach helps make Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So as good as the predecessor The two books though are different The new one break the story into smaller segments as opposed to lengthier chapters It also has echoes of his father's style and wit For example if he's been doing so well why does he continue to see a psychiatrist? His response is a simple Vonnegutesue one Over the years I've come to care about Ned and and I think I go mostly to make sure he's okay Or he notes at one point I have so many original thoughts I have to take medication for itThis approach enhances the readability of a story that gives an idea of the life of a regular person dealing with existing or uiescent mental illness and how easy it can be to slip into a manic depressive or schizophrenic stateStill Vonnegut never suggests he possesses some uniue uality or strength that gave him advantages in recoveringNone of us are entirely well and none of us are irrevocably sick At my best I have islands of being sick entirely At my worst I had islands of being well Except for a reluctance to give up on myself there isn't anything I can claim credit for that helped me recover from my breaks Even that doesn't count You either have or don't have a reluctance to give up on yourself It helps a lot if others don't give up on youYet even that doesn't ensure there will never be recurrences In fact Vonnegut's fourth breakdown found him taken by police from his home in a straitjacket when he tried unsuccessfully to run through a third floor window to prove to God that he was worthy of saving and not just a selfish little shit Vonnegut says that when the voices he heard in the early 1970s came back it was like we picked up in the middle of a conversation that had been interrupted just a few minutes earlier The manic part of his bipolar disorder manic depression makes it that much difficult Vonnegut describes the slide into mental illness as a grammatical shift Thoughts come into the mind as firmly established truth The fantastic presents itself as factOnce again though the hospitalization together with medication and support allowed Vonnegut to return to a normal life including the practice of medicine He forthrightly examines not only the role of medication but the treatment he underwent in the 1970s and explores the extent to which family heredity can play a role in a person's psychiatric state Fortunately Vonnegut did not just return to the practice of medicine but also to memoir Taken together Eden Express and Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So are an excellent survey of a life affected by mental illness Yet with its style tone and frank manner of addressing serious issues and events Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So earns a place on anyone's bookshelf on its own merits It is the most insightful and enjoyable memoir I've read in a long timeOriginally posted at A Progressive on the Prairie

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Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So ↠ Ased from a mental hospital to find his family forever altered At the late age of twenty eight and after nineteen rejections Mark was accepted to Harvard Medical School where he gained purpose a life and some control over his conditionThe brilliantly evoked events of Mark Vonnegut’s life are at once perfectly uniue and achingly relatable There are the manic episodes during which he felt burdened with saving the world juxtaposed against the real world responsibilities of running a pediatric pra In the 1960’s Mark Vonnegut son of iconic author Kurt Vonnegut Jr went to British Columbia to start a commune He dropped a lot of acid went crazy and ended up on the psych ward getting electro shock treatment and Thorazine His first memoir The Eden Express A Memoir of Insanity chronicles all thatAfter the book was published Mark recovered well enough to get into Harvard Medical School and is a practicing pediatrician till today That may sound like a happy ending but no life wraps itself up in a perfect bow Dr Vonnegut did crack up fourteen years later even though he was living the Harvard certified life of an accomplished physician This memoir written decades after the first covers that breakdown and recovery with plenty of social commentary sprinkled in Some Goodreaders found these asides too choppy but I value Dr Vonnegut’s insights particularly into how insurance is ruining the practice of medicine I’d trust Dr Vonnegut with my own kids What other doctor knows both sides of drugs and mental illness so thoroughly?As a memoir The Eden Express is the better book This one tried to fit much time into far fewer pages Still it was a worthy follow up Dr Vonnegut has maintained his 1960’s idealism while trimming off its excesses He’s middle of the road on the practice of psychiatry – skeptical of medications but a harsh critic of RD Laing’s drug free approach If you care about mental health and according to Mark we're all challenged in that department read both books in chronological order The first book will enhance your appreciation of the second Just like his father Mark Vonnegut has the measure of our culture book ´ Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So Æ Mark Vonnegut

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Mark Vonnegut Æ Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So text More than thirty years after the publication of his acclaimed memoir The Eden Express Mark Vonnegut continues his remarkable story in this searingly funny iconoclastic account of coping with mental illness finding his calling as a pediatrician and learning that willpower isn’t nearly enoughHere is Mark’s childhood spent as the son of a struggling writer in a house that eventually held seven children after his aunt and uncle died and left four orphans And here is the world after Mark was rele If your child were sick would you choose a 60 year old pediatrician who is a former commune starting hippie is the son of a famous author came from a somewhat dysfunctional childhood got into Harvard Medical School despite poor grades and most important of all is certifiably crazy? I think I would I believe that if I were to meet him I would really like and trust this guyMark Vonnegut first wrote about his battle with mental illness in a 1975 book The Eden Express This followup came many years and one additional psychotic episode later Although this is less autobiographical than his first book the doctor is still very open about his life about what happened to him in the intervening years about living with mental illness alcoholism and a family where both seem to be hereditary trait However it is also about his thoughts on the current medical system in America treating teenagers who have a drug habit a little bit of philosophy and a man who wants to be useful normal It is about what mental illness feels like from someone who knowsThe advance uncorrected proof that I read is a short and easy read at just over 200 pages There are a few awkward sentences that may stay as they are or perhaps will be changed Some of the uotes that stuck with me may change in the published edition Medical care has become a lot of crust and precious little pieI can pass for normal most of the time but I understand perfectly why some of my autistic patients scream and flap their arms – it's to frighten off extrovertsThere are no people anywhere who don't have some mental illness It all depends on where you set the bar and how hard you look What is a myth is that we are mostly mentally well most of the timeAnd this which is one of the saddest sentences I've read At my most pathetic when I felt lost and very sorry for myself and was no longer in charge of making breakfast and packing lunches for my boys I set up a bird feeder on the ledge of my apartment overlooking a parking lot and no birds cameThis is engaging read for anyone who would like a glimpse into the head of someone determined not to let the voices in his head win And although it is not necessary I was glad that I read The Eden Express before I read this bookI received a free copy of this book from the publisher for review