TitleThe Collected Schizophrenias
AuthorEsmé Weijun Wang
ImprintEsmé Weijun Wang Ltd
Sales rank4.5


Powerful, affecting essays on mental illness, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and a Whiting AwardAn intimate, moving book written with the immediacy and directness of one who still struggles with the effects of mental and chronic illness, The Collected Schizophrenias cuts right to the core Schizophrenia is not a single unifying diagnosis, and Esm Weijun Wang writes not just to her fellow members of the collected schizophrenias but to those who wish to understand it as well Opening with the journey toward her diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder, Wang discusses the medical community s own disagreement about labels and procedures for diagnosing those with mental illness, and then follows an arc that examines the manifestations of schizophrenia in her life In essays that range from using fashion to present as high functioning to the depths of a rare form of psychosis, and from the failures of the higher education system and the dangers of institutionalization to the complexity of compounding factors such as PTSD and Lyme disease, Wang s analytical eye, honed as a former lab researcher at Stanford, allows her to balance research with personal narrative An essay collection of undeniable power, The Collected Schizophrenias dispels misconceptions and provides insight into a condition long misunderstood.



The Collected Schizophrenias By Esmé Weijun Wang

Harrowing Intense Illuminating Powerful In The Collected Schizofrenias, Esm tells the story of her life with mental illness and Lyme disease This feels like an intimate and honest look at what living with schizophrenia can be like From psychosis to not being taken seriously by medical professionals,... (Sign in to see more)

Katie Long

The Collected Schizophrenias By Esmé Weijun Wang

A collection of essays about Esme Weijun Wang s experience living with, among other illnesses, schizoaffective disorder It s rare to read about schizophrenia from someone who lives with it, rather than someone who treats or studies these conditions Her take on the way that patients with schizophreni... (Sign in to see more)

Janelle • She Reads with Cats

The Collected Schizophrenias By Esmé Weijun Wang

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The Collected Schizophrenias By Esmé Weijun Wang

An outstanding collection of essays about living with schizoaffective disorder and later chronic Lyme disease Wang provides a glimpse into an existence that is harrowing at times but also so rich and filled with life She writes about living with a slippery brain a term taken from the last essay, Bey... (Sign in to see more)

Peter Mcloughlin

The Collected Schizophrenias By Esmé Weijun Wang

This book covers the author s biographical journey through schizophrenia What struck me and continues to strike me is the nonrational dimension to ourselves I am much immersed in a rationalistic and materialistic outlook However, I know that such fine talking primates as ourselves do not have it a... (Sign in to see more)

Andrew Unger

The Collected Schizophrenias By Esmé Weijun Wang

Wang opens this tour de force collection with a recitation from the DSM V and a careful meditation on the importance and impact of such deliberate categorizations of subjective mental instabilities Primarily, Wang focuses on the lack of context given to patients on the purlieus of schizophrenia, tho... (Sign in to see more)


The Collected Schizophrenias By Esmé Weijun Wang


Lupita Reads

The Collected Schizophrenias By Esmé Weijun Wang

Captivating essential collection of essays Thankful to Wang for sharing her story with readers.


The Collected Schizophrenias By Esmé Weijun Wang

This is a deeply necessary book I can t think of another personal account of living with serious thought disorder that is this clear eyed and complex.

Hannah Fenster

The Collected Schizophrenias By Esmé Weijun Wang

Schizophrenia terrifies, warns the first line of The Collected Schizophrenias Then, despite this caution, it proceeds Such conviction quickly becomes a pattern over the course of the collection See the difficult thing Face it anyway With profound compassion and curiosity, Esm Weijun Wang displays he... (Sign in to see more)

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