Upfronts:the Last Asylum by Barbara Taylor

Upfronts:the Last Asylum

byBarbara Taylor

Kobo ebook | March 18, 2014

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In July 1988, Canadian-born historian Barbara Taylor was admitted into Friern, a once-notorious asylum for the insane. The journey that took her there began when, overwhelmed by anxiety as she completed her doctoral studies in London, England, she found relief by dosing herself with booze and barbiturates. She then embarked on what would turn out to be a decades-long course of psychoanalysis.The analysis dredged up painful memories—of a philandering father, a largely absent but demanding mother, and, among other things, a succession of nannies back in Saskatoon. In the course of her illness and her struggle to recover from it, Taylor would twice be readmitted to Friern, and she took refuge in a variety of hostels and halfway houses before finding a semblance of stability and peace. This searingly honest, thought-provoking, and beautifully written memoir is the narrative of the author’s years of madness, set inside the wider story of our treatment of psychiatric illness from the great age of asylums to the current era of community care, big pharma, and quick fixes. It is a meditation on her own experience, but also that of millions of others in Europe and in North America who have suffered, are suffering, and will suffer from mental illness.

Title:Upfronts:the Last AsylumFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:March 18, 2014Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0143192434

ISBN - 13:9780143192435