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Title : A Mind That Found Itself An Autobiography
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ISBN : 18931646
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Number of Pages : 149 Pages
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A Mind That Found Itself An Autobiography Reviews

  • Adam French
    2019-02-16 02:55

    An amazing personal story of what it was like to have a mental illness in the early 19 hundreds. It also paints a picture of what one person can do and how much each of us can impact change in this world. Awesome book, could not put it down..

  • Renny
    2019-02-07 23:46

    Paraphrasing a comment made by the author of this book......"What fosters our sense of well being is a sense of gratitude. When we are treated with dignity and respect, it is not difficult to prove ourselves balanced. In such a sense of balance, it is a joy to pass the gift along."...I see this man's story and his ability to share it as nothing less than a miracle. Knowing the conditions of the time and the fact that those individuals who were institutionalized all too often not only were abused terribly but never saw the light of freedom ever again. It is a testament to his strength and the support that his family gave him as well as his personal abilities that he was able even to survive. Most assuredly the book was not an easy one to read. There are multiple reasons for that including the style of writing which is of the early 1900s as well as the tragedy of illness which included symptoms of and behaviors related to depression, mania and self harm. The pain of reliving with him the difficult personal experiences involved, which go willy-nilly into incredible abuse, his personal resistance to and then attempt to document such plus his ultimate resolution to fight back with every tool at his disposal to change the system. It is an inspiring story.

  • Top Books
    2019-01-31 03:41

    Beers was born in New Haven, Connecticut to Ida and Robert Beers on March 30, 1876. He was one of five children, all of whom would suffer from psychological distress and would die in mental institutions, including Beers himself, see "Clifford W. Beers, Advocate for the Insane". He graduated from the Sheffield Scientific School at Yale in 1897. In 1900 he was first confined to a private mental institution for depression and paranoia. He would later be confined to another private hospital as well as a state institution. During these periods he experienced and witnessed serious maltreatment at the hands of the staff. After the publication of A Mind That Found Itself 1908, an autobiographical account of his hospitalization and the abuses he suffered, the book was widely and favorably reviewed, became a bestseller, and is still in print. Beers gained the support of the medical profession and others in the work to reform the treatment of the mentally ill. In 1909 Beers founded the "National Committee for Mental Hygiene", now named Mental Health America, in order to continue the reform for the treatment of the mentally ill. He also started the Clifford Beers Clinic in New Haven in 1913, the first outpatient mental health clinic in the United States. He was a leader in the field until his retirement in 1939. Beers became Honorary President of the World Federation for Mental Health. Beers died in Providence, Rhode Island.

  • Carolynne
    2019-02-09 04:55

    I had a tough time with this one, and finally gave up and returned it to the library. The author maintains that he suffered a psychotic break and was plagued by horrible hallucinations and paranoia. He believed that the police were after him and that everyone in his life - family, friends, etc - were actually government spies in disguise. The book travels back and forth in time and place, and I found it difficult at times to understand whether he was talking about the past, present, or future. The book is trumpeted as an indictment of the horrible abuses in mental hospitals. While I know that such abuses were real, they were not evident in Beers' account of his own experiences - at least not in the first 1/4 of the book. He hints at horrible abuse, while detailing how caring professionals looked after him, and his brother was deeply involved in his care.I found myself increasingly skeptical of the veracity of this book. If he really was as paranoid, delusional, abused, and terrified as he claimed, how is it that he can recall with accuracy his day-to-day life in the institution? Why should I trust his account of names, dates, or events that took place while he was out of his mind?Was he lucid or psychotic? Either way, the story does not ring true.

  • Carter
    2019-02-01 22:37

    Clifford Beers' depiction of his own descent into madness and his journey toward wellness is especially interesting and insightful because he so thoroughly documented his experiences. This testament offers something no textbook, case study, or diagnostic instrument can manage, an opportunity to feel, imagine, and wonder with someone in the throes of bi-polar disorder. From the outside looking in, we see erratic behavior, nonsensical conversation, and other clinical indicators of insanity. But from his perspective we are given a glimpse at the reason and logic, the fear and pain, the elation and creativity. Looking from the inside outward, we are given an opportunity to experience the disorder and from that, we may gain true empathy. This book has the potential to make your clinical practice more genuine, your approach more meaningful. That is certainly what I've taken away. I'll carry Beers' story with me and be a better clinician for it.

  • Sadaf
    2019-01-27 02:53

    A first person account of those who suffer mental illness and how they are treated in institutions and by the society around them. They need so called normal people around them as much as they need specialist care and so, isolation is going to make things worse. While I liked the emotion of the book and how he would often be confused if his energy for the cause was mania or not, I felt that there was some confusion with the time-line. Overall, an interesting book about the history of mental health and illness. Such or worse treatment still continues in India and other countries. Hundred years on, we haven't moved much.

  • Jenifer Simondi
    2019-02-20 04:57

    Very interesting to see how mental hospitals operated back in the early 1900's. This is an especially wonderful book because the author is writing for first hand experience of being a patient in several hospitals, and the treatments he had to endure.

  • Jazz
    2019-02-06 03:35

    This was a good book. It wasn't my favorite because it is an autobiography and very tough to read. It took me so long to read it eventually I got sick of it. I really would not recommend this book unless you read autobiography books all the time.

  • Jan
    2019-01-30 02:37

    Written in 1908; a classic in the mental health field. The book helped change attitudes about mental illness.

  • Judy
    2019-02-01 05:00

    Sad to read about abuse, but great to hear of the author's determination to make changes.

  • Lauren
    2019-01-23 01:37

    I had to read this in college. It was a great book about a man who goes crazy and loses him mind and then finds his way back into reality. Very cool...happens to us all at somepoint :)

  • Nom de Plume
    2019-01-26 21:52

    I have a 2nd edition copy of this book, that I am very proud of! 1914!!!

  • Dana
    2019-01-31 02:59

    Hilarious tone for an otherwise serious subject.Particularly essential read for anyone working in mental health in Connecticut.Short and easy.

  • Stacy
    2019-02-22 02:49

    Horrible!!! I could not even finish it!