As a daughter of a man with schizoaffective disorder, I found this book very compelling My family s story is not the same as his, but many of the experiences of mental illness in the family are explored I really liked the book for I suppose were personal reasons It also helps explain how people end up homeless. Read this in college and it s stuck with me ever since A fascinating exploration about the link between homelessness and schizophrenia. A man goes from being a professor to being homeless and dying alone and forgotten, abandoned in a dingy apartment A very sad story of a brilliant man s struggle with insanity, which ultimately led to his early demise If you are interested in mental illness, particularly schizophrenia, this is a must read. Son of schizophrenic father retraces his father s steps and delusions after the father s death Gives a very interesting glimpse into the challenges faced by the mentally ill and homeless However, the group felt that critical pieces of the story were missing Worth considering. The Outsider Is An Unsentimental Yet Profoundly Moving Look At One Family S Experience With Mental Illness In , Charles Lachenmeyer Was A Happily Married Professor Of Sociology Who Lived In The New York Suburbs With His Wife And Nine Year Old Son, Nathaniel But Within A Few Short Years, Schizophrenia A Devastating Mental Illness With No Known Cure Would Cost Him Everything His Sanity, His Career, His Family, Even The Roof Over His Head Upon Learning Of His Father S Death In , Nathaniel Set Out To Search For The Truth Behind His Father S Haunted, Solitary Existence Rich In Imagery And Poignant Symbolism, The Outsider Is A Beautifully Written Memoir Of A Father S Struggle To Survive With Dignity, And A Son S Struggle To Know The Father He Lost To Schizophrenia Long Before He Finally Lost Him To Death The Outsider Is A Recipient Of The Kenneth Johnson Memorial Research Library Book Award And Is The Winner Of The Bell Of Hope Award, Presented Annually By The Mental Health Association Of Philadelphia To Honor Significant And Far Reaching Contributions Benefiting Those Facing The Challenge Of Mental Illness Meh Memoir about a dude whose dad was schizophrenic Should be right up my alley Somehow got a little clinical and theoretical and less this was my experience Mostly because his parents got divorced when he was young and he had very little personal interaction with him afterwards for understandable reasons So the book is about a discovery theorizing about what his dad was look and a launching point to analyze things about mental illness and how that works in the world, and symbols of things like, oh those scary homeless people you see Which is fine, but I want what it s like from the inside, and when I found myself skimming big chunks I decided it was put it down time Ah well. Definitely held my interest for awhile A book to read in bed because I could put it down What a tragedy for a family So, was the cause of his father s schizophrenia the double bind It probably exaserbatd his issues, but isn t schizophrenia genetic or at least organic in origin With 1 3 of all homeless being mentally ill, he brings up an excellent point in why research is not done in this area Does this author write as part of his need to understand his father as well as his guilt I would think he is also looking for the genetic component in himself. I read this book purposely after watching A beautiful mind maybe a little too late The take home messages were clear we re passing by a perhaps bigger than we know and care to know population suffering from mental illness, without rightfully acknowledging that they are or used to be among us, with their own stories to be told The best thought we could afford when we see a homeless talking to him herself on the street might be He she is mad Madness is a label and if we re satisfied with labelling people that way we explore and understand them no further I am a nursing student and had to read this book for my mental health class I am so glad I did I never would have picked up this book on my own, but it has really opened up my eyes to what people with mental illnesses experience I had the unique experience to take what I learned from this book into my practice, but Lachenmeyer makes it clear that we all pass by people struggling with mental illness daily without realizing they have a story, a family, and a history. Well I m finally done with the book after I took a break from reading it for a month I never know a lot about schizophrenia, but after reading this book I feel like I have a lot comprehensive idea of what its like to be affected by schizophrenia Whether you re the one diagnosed, a relative or child, or someone who encounters them on the street, or are in the legal or mental health care system.
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- 288 pages
- The Outsider: A Journey Into My Father's Struggle With Madness
- Nathaniel Lachenmeyer
- 10 June 2019 Nathaniel Lachenmeyer