The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays

The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays Review

Powerful, affecting essays on mental illness, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and a Whiting Award

An 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 Esmé 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.

Title:The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays
Edition Language:English

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  • Hanna

    Harrowing. Intense. Illuminating. Powerful. In The Collected Schizofrenias, Esmé tells the story of her life with mental illness and Lyme disease. This feels like an intimate and honest look at what ...

  • Katie Long

    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, rathe...

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  • Melissa

    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...

  • Peter Mcloughlin

    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 more immersed in a more rationa...

  • Andrew Unger

    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. P...

  • Kate

    DANG THIS WAS GOOD YALL READ IT OR REGRET IT !!! SO GOOOOOOD!!!! ...

  • Lupita Reads

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

  • Sarah

    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

    “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 collectio...