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The Center Cannot Hold

The Center Cannot Hold

My Journey Through Madness

Elyn R. Saks is an esteemed professor, lawyer, and psychiatrist and is the Orrin B. Evans Professor of Law, Psychology, Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California Law School, yet she has suffered from schizophrenia for most of her life, and still has ongoing major episodes of the illness. The Center Cannot Hold is the eloquent, moving story of Elyn’s life, from the first time that she heard voices speaking to her as a young teenager, to attempted suicides in college, through learning to live on her own as an adult in an often terrifying world. Saks discusses frankly the paranoia, the inability to tell imaginary fears from real ones, the voices in her head telling her to kill herself (and to harm others); as well the incredibly difficult obstacles she overcame to become a highly respected professional. This beautifully written memoir is destined to become a classic in its genre.

The title is a line from “The Second Coming,” a poem by William Butler Yeats, which is alluded to in the book.
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Genre: Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / Social Scientists & Psychologists

On Sale: August 12th 2008

Price: $16 / $21 (CDN)

Page Count: 368

ISBN-13: 9781401309442

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"Elyn Saks has been to hell and back . . . chilling"—San Francisco Chronicle
"Her descriptions of her descents into psychosis are riveting."—Entertainment Weekly (Grade: A-)