Madness : A Memoir

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Madness is a real world for the many thousands of people who are right now living within it. It never apologises. Sometimes it is a shadow, ever present, without regard for the sun. Sometimes it is a well of dark water with no bottom, or a levitation device to the stars. Madness, a Memoir is an insight into what it's like to live with psychosis over a period of ten years, in which bouts of acute illness are interspersed with periods of sanity. The world is beautiful and terrifying and sometimes magical. The sanctity of life is at times precious and at times precarious and always fragile. It's a story of learning to manage illness with courage and creativity, of achieving balance and living well. It is for everyone now living within the world of madness, for everyone touched by this world, and for everyone seeking to further his or her understanding of it, whether you think of madness as a biological illness of the brain or an understandable part of the continuum of the human condition.
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  • Paperback | 270 pages
  • 154 x 229 x 21mm | 333g
  • Viking Australia
  • Hawthorn, Australia
  • 0670074772
  • 9780670074778

About Kate Richards

Kate Richards is a trained doctor currently working in medical research in Melbourne. She first experienced symptoms of psychosis and depression in her late teens, yet went on to complete a medical degree at Monash University with honours. Kate juggled periods of madness and sanity throughout her early adulthood, but in recent years has learnt how to live a happy and productive life with a chronic mental illness.
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This book is one woman's "journey from chaos to balance and limbo to meaning." The author is a trained medical doctor but she writes with the lyricism of a poet. I work in the field of mental health in Sydney and I've read quite a few memoirs of mental illness but nothing quite like this. If you've ever wondered what it feels like to 'go mad,' read this more
by Thomas Marshall
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