No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos And Heartbreak Of Mental Health In America

Hardcover | March 21, 2017

byRon Powers

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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.

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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...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:March 21, 2017Publisher:Hachette BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316341177

ISBN - 13:9780316341172

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"This is the bookthat Ron Powers, one of America's most elegant chroniclers, vowed he wouldnever write. Too disturbing, too painful, too intimate. We are fortunate thathe changed his mind. Powers has tackled his most challenging subject yet witherudition, humanity, and courage. By allowing readers into the sanctity of hishome, he makes real the toll of mental illness on those who suffer, theirfamilies, and the community. No One Cares About Crazy People is an unforgettable, insistent call for a nationwideconversation and action, for embracing our most vulnerable benefits us all."-Pamela Rotner Sakamoto, author of Midnight in Broad Daylight: A Japanese American Family Caught Between Two Worlds