Lee Gutkind has been exploring the world of medicine through writing for over 20 years. But I'm so impressed with the other 19 or so essays that I feel I can objectively review it. It is the rare death row inmate whole life does not read like a case study of extreme deprivation and abuse. Sadly, a lack of sensitivity and knowledge about topics involving mental health can lead to months, years, and even decades of isolation, pain, discrimination, and suffering. Mark knows her well but is depressing to be around. Anyone whose life has been touched by mental illness can find hope in the stories included in this book. He is the founder and editor of the magazine Creative Nonfiction, the first and largest literary journal to exclusively publish nonfiction, and has also published the essay collection Forever Fat and two books on writing, The Art of Creative Nonfiction and Keep It Real, among other titles.
Total honesty is essential not only for recovery, but also for changing societal attitudes and enacting public policies. . Gutkind currently teaches creative writing at Arizona State University s Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes. Real names not used The bravery and vulnerability to write the trials and hurt. This book is an important step in the effort to destigmatize mental illness.
Trust me, the label and the stigma that goes with it can sometimes be as heavy a burden as figuring out the illness and treatment itself. In these true stories, writers and their loved ones struggle as their worlds are upended. He is the author of Many Sleepless Nights: The World of Organ Transplantation, and the editor of four anthologies about health and medicine: Silence Kills: Speaking Out and Saving Lives; Rage and Reconciliation: Inspiring a Health Care Revolution; Healing; and Becoming a Doctor. Sadly, a lack of sensitivity and knowledge about topics involving mental health can lead to months, years, and even decades of isolation, pain, discrimination, and suffering. About the Author Lee Gutkind has been exploring the world of medicine through writing for over 20 years. As a writer myself, I was impressed by how each writer concisely described the experience of mental illness while also maintaining the integrity that is often missing from mainstream society when discussing this subject. In these true stories, writers and their loved ones struggle as their worlds are upended.
In these true stories, writers and their loved ones struggle as their worlds are upended. Mental health challenges can occur in any culture, age group, and socioeconomic class. For the interested casual reader, this collection definitely takes you behind the stigma and silence and demonstrates what it's like to walk around in the world every day with unhelpful thoughts and faulty wiring that can be damn difficult to fix. I am saving at least one life. It may be potentially triggering to those of us who experience mental illness. The entire book will make the reader understand and think about their own issues by helping the reader find normalcy in overcoming mental disorders.
Due to the subject matter, you can guess that you probably don't want to read them all at once, or even all of them. Trying to understand what it is like to be mentally ill or what it's like to live with someone who is mentally ill is a challenge for all of us. Show Me All Your Scars, a collection edited by Lee Gutkind, seeks to change that by sharing twenty intimate stories written by those who have experienced mental illness firsthand. Some of the essays are shocking, some are sad, but all of them inform. Full disclosure: I have an essay in this book.
It is a painful reality. Though everyone seems to know someone who suffers with some sort of mental illness, it continues to be a taboo subject. Life changing and absolutely unforgettable! Recommended for medium-to-large public libraries, particularly in the tri-state area where the editor has name recognition. Others are told by someone who watched a loved one dealing with mental dysfunction. However, all are worth reading. What a great way to give someone a glimpse of what 20 lives with mental illness looks like and feels like. For starters, we must educate through words.
I would certainly give this one a read. What do you do when your father kills himself, or your mother is committed to a psych ward, or your daughter starts hearing voices telling her to harm herself—or when you yourself hear such voices? Warning: Not exactly a cheery holiday read. Then there's Clark, to whom she can't entirely open up. It's only through the honest sharing of this kind of true tales in all their pain and joy, with their terrible travails and surprising gifts, that we will ever become more compassionate to those in our community who struggle daily with exceptional challenges and begin to remove the stigma and shame that continues to surround those who suffer. I am a firm believer that we need to bring mental illness out of the closet.
The book is simplistic, but not so simplistic that it blends in with similar books on the market. People, suffering or recovering or suffering and recovering from mental illness, strip themselves bare and recount their struggles with depression, anxiety, cutting, suicidal ideation, and even trichotillomania did you know there was a word for pulling out your hair? Honest, brutal, scary, sad, strong stories of those with and effected by mental illness. Most of them were interesting and the ones that weren't were at least bearable. She comments on the sheer effort it takes to be mad. Show Me All Your Scars: True Stories of Living with Mental Illness.
Show Me All Your Stars, a collection of essays written by the mentally ill and those whose loved ones are living with mental illness, helped me to see the behaviors much more clearly. We all have scars of some kind. My dedication: Schizophrenia, for you Juan and Max Depression, for Johnny and Me! Although the book does not specifically provide resources for the reader to utilize or tips on how to cope, it is a good starting point for opening up a discussion about mental health. They are not just trapped inside a story created by their illness; they are trying to save their own lives. I would be paralyzed, I was sure. No fee was paid by the author for this review. What do you do when your father kills himself, or your mother is committed to a psych ward, or your daughter starts hearing voices telling her to harm herself—or when you yourself hear such voices? Gutkind is the guy who rounds up the stories and tells them.