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 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 res...
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The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays Reviews
Beautifully written, eloquent and startling, searing and honest, critical and powerful - how many adjectives can I use to describe this book?
Insightful, didactic and heartrending
It is through this collection of moving essays that Esmé Weijun Wang tries to rectify the various misconceptions people have concerning mental illnesses.
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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, those living with the sometimes more devastating diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder. With each essay — case studies of her own life juxtaposed against established icons from the canon of mental illne ...more
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Well, I loved #esmeweijunwang ‘s #thecollectedschizophrenias very much. A series of essays about schizoaffective disorder in the healthcare system, in popular culture, and in the public imagination, the book is also a meditation on Wang’s own diagnosis of, and experiences of the same illness. I love love love that Wang is so actively engaged with her own experiences, and so surrounded by love - I wish this for everyone who shares her diagnosis. I was grateful for Wang’s description of her illnes ...more
I've avoided most personal perspectives of my diagnosis since, well, it was mentioned as my diagnosis but after encountering one of the author's books on Gumroad I became intrigued and it was time, really.
So many mental illness narratives I encountered back when I read them in my teens now feel like they were marketed for the reader's titillation but I felt I could trust this press, could trust a whole book of essays on living with schizoaffective from someone who had written (literary!) books ...more
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 living with schizophrenia can be like. From psychosis to not being taken seriously by medical professionals, each page of this book offers insight into a world that isn't discussed enough. This will be a powerful nonfiction read in 2019.
This 200 pages book contains 13 essays from the author's firsthand experience of mental illness. Esme Weijun Wang was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age of 18, and 10 years later, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar type. During her chronic illness, she also suffered dysautonomia and other mental disorders such as PTSD, and later diagnosed with late-stage Lyme Disease. The book is organized loosely chronically, started from her initial diagnosis and ended at the time of writing this book.