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Madness: A Memoir

By Kate Richards

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Format: Paperback, 270 pages
Published In: Australia, 30 January 2013
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.

About the Author

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.

EAN: 9780670074778
ISBN: 0670074772
Publisher: Viking Australia
Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.4 x 2.1 centimetres (0.28 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Quite a challenging book to read, but the author's truth and reality came through endlessly, depicting the ongoing struggle and torment of mental illness. For anyone who wishes to have added insight and revelation of mental illness I would recommend this book. My only criticism would be too much of the same thing, but it stays with me and comes to mind often.

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