Voluntary Madness by Norah Vincent

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Bestselling "immersion" journalist Norah Vincent takes on the mental health system - but when she gets sectioned she discovers that she"s not just there to report, she"s there to be curedNorah Vincent has always suffered from depression but at the end of a book project that required her to spend eighteen months disguised as a man she felt that she was a danger to herself and was committed to a "loony bin". As a result of this traumatic experience Norah came out resolved to go back undercover to report on a range of mental institutions - three difficult, pressurized and very different environments - and to experience first hand their effect on the body and mind. Her journey starts in a huge inner city hospital where most patients are "repeats", often poor and dispossessed. There Norah confronts the boredom and babbling of an underfunded facility: a place where medication is a process of containment: its purpose to make life easier for the rest of us, not the patients themselves. Cut to the calming green carpet of St Lukes: plenty of "loonies" here too of course but Norah is taken aback when her doctor allows her to reduce her medication, have a room of her own and a regular jog in the park. Then to Mobius, and a Buddhist-inspired brand of healing, where Norah is forced to plunge deep into her emotional past, and swim through the psycho-babble to some unexpected conclusions. In Voluntary Madness, Norah Vincent takes a fearless and unprecedented view of mental health care - from the inside out. She demonstrates the power of common sense and human connection: how much better a patient can feel when treated like a person and not a petri dish. In analysing the peculiar, sometimes damaging and occasionally transformative relationships between patients and their caregivers, her consummate, fearless and darkly funny reportage makes for riveting reading.

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Her first trip to a mental institution gave Vincent, being who she is, the idea for another book that would chronicle the state of mental health institutions in America.

So began Vincent’s voluntary confinement to three different mental hospitals: Meriwether, a jaw-droppingly depressing facility in New York City; St. Luke’s, a make-do. Where Self-Made Man ended, her new book, Voluntary Madness, begins. After her breakdown, Vincent decided to re-enter the psychiatric system as a Author: Alexander Linklater.

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It seems like Norah Vincent is milking a case of mild depression to get into mental hospitals in order to write a book. One gets the feeling that she wants to be sicker than she actually is. The overall tone is whiny and self-indulgent. Frederick Broden Norah Vincent spent 18 months living disguised as a man for her book, Self Made Man.

The experience led Vincent to have a nervous breakdown and. Norah Vincent recounts her time in three mental institutions following the research for her prior book, Self-Made Man, in which she assumed the role of a man for eighteen months.

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At the conclusion of her celebrated first book—Self-Made Man, in which she soent. Title: Voluntary Madness: My Year Lost and Found in the Loony Bin Item Condition: used item in a very good condition. Books will be free of page markings. See details - Voluntary Madness: My Year Lost and Found in the Loony Bin By N As part of her ongoing work as an “immersion journalist” (Self-Made Man: One Woman’s Year Disguised as a Man,etc.), Vincent checked into three different mental institutions; she found the experience both numbing and battled periods of depression throughout her life, and being well-acquainted with the use of medications such as Lamictal and Prozac, the author Author: Norah Vincent.

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Name Class Professor Date Compare and Contrast Between Two Books: "Ten Days in a Mad-House" and "Voluntary Madness" The theme of the books of Norah Vincent’s Voluntary Madness: Lost and Found in the Mental Healthcare System () and Nellie Bly’s Ten Days in a Mad-house () revolves around the investigation and reporting of the abuses and neglect in mental asylums during their.Voluntary Madness My Year Lost and Found in the Loony Bin by Norah Vincent.

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