Madness: Stories Of Uncertainty And Hope

October 22, 2021|
Madness: Stories Of Uncertainty And Hope by Sean Baumann
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A leading psychiatrist''s professional and personal reflections on mental illness - beautifully written, informative and accessible.

''This book has irrevocably changed my understanding of madness. Through succinct and often poetic accounts Baumann carefully mediates access to glimpses of the brave, fearful, lonely and vulnerable humanities of those suffering from psychiatric disorders, especially schizophrenia. The text,illuminated by extraordinary artwork, compels one to believe that beyond all the distress and despair, there is, and always should be, hope.'' - Antjie Krog

For many of us, mental illness is often shrouded in mystery, misconception and fear. Baumann spent decades as a psychiatrist at Valkenberg Hospital and, through his personal engagement with patients'' various forms of psychosis, he describes the lived experiences of those who suffer from schizophrenia, depression, bipolar and other disorders.

Baumann argues cogently for a more inclusive way of making sense of mental health. With sensitivity and empathy, his enquiries into the territories of art, psychology, consciousness, otherness, free will and theories of the self reveal how mental illness raises questions that affect us all.

Sean Baumann has worked for 25 years as a consultant to the male acute service at Valkenberg Hospital in Cape Town and was a senior lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health at the University of Cape Town. He obtained degrees in the arts and in medicine and qualified as a specialist psychiatrist in London, UK. His inte...
Title:Madness: Stories Of Uncertainty And Hope
Product dimensions:352 pages, 1.11 X 1.11 X 0 in
Shipping dimensions:352 pages, 1.11 X 1.11 X 0 in
Published:October 22, 2021
Publisher:Icon Books
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781776191475

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