The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays

The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays

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 i An intimate, moving book written with the immediacy and directness of one who still struggles with the effects of mental...

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Title:The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays
Author:Esmé Weijun Wang
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:208 pages pages

The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays Reviews

  • Lisa Vegan
    Apr 18, 2019
    Words that came to my mind when reading this book: Superb. Important. Smart. Interesting. Honest. Thought provoking. Empathy building. This is a memoir in essays by a woman relating her experience living with schizoaffective disorder, both internal and in the world experiences. She...
  • Rincey
    May 11, 2019
    This collection of essays is extraordinary. Through exploring her own experiences with schizophrenia, Wang is able to do a great job of looking at society's views of mental illness and the lack of information and understanding around schizophrenia. That combined with her great explanat...
  • Melissa
    Nov 23, 2018
    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 f...
  • Crystal
    Feb 07, 2019
    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 ...
  • Sarah
    Feb 12, 2019
    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. ...
  • Better Eggs
    May 30, 2019
    Considering that the author had been through the mill herself with many diagnoses for her psychotic states, none quite fitting, until "schizoaffective disorder" and described them in detail, I expected a book that would engender emotion and empathy in me, if not identification. What I ...
  • Thomas
    Mar 04, 2019
    One of the most courageous books I have ever read. In The Collected Schizophrenias, Esm Weijun Wang writes about her experience with schizoaffective disorder and Lyme disease. Compared to mental illnesses like anxiety and depression, schizophrenia is still so stigmatized, so it is ra...
  • Lupita Reads
    Jan 31, 2019
    Captivating & essential collection of essays. Thankful to Wang for sharing her story with readers. ...
  • C
    Apr 13, 2019
    Admittedly as a psychiatrist, poetry MFA, and patient myself, my standards for illness narratives are high. But I found myself frustrated throughout these essays by Wang metaphorically putting on makeup by buffering her own experience with mental illness from the reader with giant bloc...
  • Rachel Rooney
    Apr 18, 2019
    I read this last month and somehow failed to review it or even mark it as currently reading or read. It was phenomenal. If you are at all interested in reading a moving account of mental illness and functioning with mental illness and working with mental illness, this is it. Esme Weiju...
  • Natalie (CuriousReader)
    Mar 15, 2019
    Beautifully written, eloquent and startling, searing and honest, critical and powerful - how many adjectives can I use to describe this book? Review: https://curiousreaderr.wordpress.com/... ...
  • Paltia
    Feb 25, 2019
    Esmeralda Weijun Wang wants to be a high functioning individual while she contends with her multiple diagnoses. To understand her ability to concentrate long enough, organize her thoughts to allow her to write these essays, and to seek costly medical and alternative type medical care i...
  • Camelia Rose
    Apr 22, 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...
  • Jaclyn Crupi
    Jun 13, 2019
    The first two essays were quite technical and I suspected this would not be for me but then Wang opened the collection right up and intimately and generously offered insights into her mental health. As a portrait of an unquiet mind, this book wields power and purpose. Wang?s self awa...
  • Paris (parisperusing)
    Feb 14, 2019
    *Goodreads apparently didn't save my review the first time, so here goes it? If it takes me longer than four days to finish a book of this size, it's because I'm just not into it. I wanted to binge on this book, I truly did, but my biggest grudge with TCS is that it is a book p...
  • Kate ☀️ Olson
    Mar 09, 2019
    Stunning. TCS is the most moving account of living with mental illness that I have read to date, and I think that's because it's not trying to convince anyone of anything. Wang wrote essays about her condition and journey, and within these essays, she constantly admits that she is writ...
  • Peter Mcloughlin
    Feb 14, 2019
    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 rationalistic and materialistic outlook. However, I know that such fine talking primates as o...
  • Hannah Fenster
    Nov 27, 2018
    ?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...
  • Janelle • She Reads with Cats
    Jan 31, 2019
    Review to come ...
  • Samantha Colwell
    Jun 17, 2019
    A well-written, yet aloof look into the schizophrenias. I?m listening to the audiobook right now and cringing through it. Though Esme is obviously an intelligent and eloquent author, I find myself rolling my eyes too frequently at her glaring privilege. I thought I was being harsh, b...
  • Jessie
    Apr 07, 2019
    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 sa...
  • Katie Long
    Feb 02, 2019
    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 patien...
  • Brittany | thebookishfiiasco
    Mar 02, 2019
    ?i have been physically lost in a pitch-dark room. there is the ground, which may be nowhere other than immediately below my own numbed feet. those foot-shaped anchors are the only trustworthy landmarks. if i make a wrong move, i?ll have to face the gruesome consequence. in this bl...
  • William2
    Mar 18, 2019
    The book reads like a memoir. It possesses a mastery of tone that?s deeply satisfying. I think I may have found a substitute?not a replacement!?for Dr. Oliver Sacks, who was a dreamy writer on subjects neurological. Author Esm Weijun Wang?s perspective though is that of a pat...
  • Emily
    Apr 05, 2019
    Absolutely gorgeous. Full review to come! ...
  • Kate
    Feb 12, 2019
    DANG THIS WAS GOOD YALL READ IT OR REGRET IT !!! SO GOOOOOOD!!!! ...
  • Hanna
    Sep 30, 2018
    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 b...
  • Amy
    Feb 18, 2019
    This was tough to rate. Some of the essays were deeply informative and emotional. Some were just .... there. I wish this would have been more a memoir and not essays. It felt disconnected. I feel like three stars is a ?mean? rating for someone who wrote a book and has a debilitatin...
  • Maitê
    Jun 12, 2019
    I've been intrigued by mental illness ever since my initial diagnosis of social anxiety disorder (as of now, it's moving into generalized anxiety disorder). But conditions such as anxiety and depression are run-of-the-mill. They are the tattoos and piercings of the body modification wo...
  • Andrew Unger
    Jan 12, 2019
    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 sch...