Below is a guest reading list by journalist Genna Buck. Buck wrote our recent Longreads Member Pick, “Autistic and Searching for a Home, ” published by Montreal’s Maisonneuve magazine. She was generous enough to share this follow-up reading list—one story, one documentary, and three books—on what it’s like for those who suffer from mental illness, and for the families that care for them.
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This New York Times op-ed by Elyn Saks is essential reading for people who want to understand the lived experience of mental illness. She also has a memoir called The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness that is worth checking out. Saks has severe schizophrenia. She’s also a professor of law and of psychiatry at the University of California. Her illness isn’t gone, but it is being managed.
She says she has achieved so much because she has a large network of family and friends who devoted significant time and energy to supporting her recovery, and expensive therapy from a world-class psychiatrist; daily when necessary.
To provide that for everyone who needs it would carry an unfathomable cost, but Saks’ story does show that there is a huge amount of unlocked potential in the lives of mentally ill people who aren’t getting the help they need.
In this gutting pair of documentaries (Part 1 above; Part 2 here) by Ionna Roumeliotis, a reporter meets two Canadian families struggling to care for disabled adults with high needs. This is a common to families dealing with severe mental illness and with intellectual disability. When it comes to things like autism, the lines between those designations blurs. (The legal system uses the generic term “mental disorder” for both).
All the provincial governments espouse care in the community for people with intellectual and behavioural issues. In reality, a huge proportion of those people end up a) in psychiatric wards b) in nursing homes prematurely c) in the correctional system d) crowding respite care centres or e) staying indefinitely in the family home.
This book is one of the founding documents in the deinstitutionalization movement. Foucault explores how, at the dawn on the modern period, huge numbers of marginalized people (ranging from the disabled to the mentally ill to the poor or unemployed to prostitutes to blasphemers, ad infinitum) were institutionalized in a process he calls “The Great Confinement.” A characteristic of this shift was the conflation of mental disorder with moral disorder, and the idea that madness is the opposite of rationality (this was different, he argues, than earlier cultures who believed mentally ill people had mystical knowledge or wisdom that other people did not possess.)
Foucault’s implication that mental disorders are a sort of difference instead of a defect is widely influential in the disability rights and community living movements. And his ideas overall contributed to the push to guarantee human rights for the disabled as well as to the dismantling of the institutional system without a clear plan for what should come next.
Fuller Torrey is one of the authors of the backlash against deinstitutionalization. Out of the Shadows is a polemic endorsing a moderate return to 20th Century mental healthcare (it’s written from an American perspective but is useful nonetheless). Torrey wants to see more involuntary commitment of people with severe mental illness and thinks health authorities should stop pouring money into programs and services for people he calls “the worried well.” As a psychiatrist his ideas are somewhat out of the mainstream, but his policy stances made a huge splash in the 90s. Many people still endorse his views, sometimes without necessarily knowing who he is.
This book exhaustively covers the various approaches to mental illness taken in Canada from colonial times onward—from using mental asylums as tourist attractions to the first LSD experiments conducted in Western Canada. We’ve done some crazy things over the years.how have industries used cogeneration and recycling to improve their energy efficiency what is the definition of comprehensive insurance what is the difference between handmade and hand tossed pizza what special qualifications and/or skills can you bring to the table? * What does 🥲 mean? What is airplane mode? phone number for advice when applying for a uk passport renewal What grocery stores are open right now? how to improve aural skills how to improve perfect pitch who to contact for exercise advice What does aloha mean in hawaiian? how to improve skin elasticity on legs what are the benefits of semen retention What does irrevocable mean? what are the health benefits of coconut milk How to cancel uber eats order? how to improve accuracy in flame test what is an audit simple definition what is the best way to give advice How does dorenbos do tricks? people who ask for advice but never listen what are the benefits of business localization How to heal nerve damage? What does ! mean? How to scan document using iphone? why do presidents not solely rely on advice from cabinet What does dissolve mean? what is the difference between every day and everyday advice for when the girl you like is taken What does enrolled mean? What are healthy foods? How to fight boxing tips? What does having lunch with a cross eyed bear meaning? How to scan qr code with android? What is the meaning of cooing? What does apparatus mean? How to beat tree sentinel? how to write basic computer skills in resume What does suffice mean? How to make my hair grow faster? How to contact tiktok? What do the flags mean at the beach? What is a line? what is the difference in bipolar 1 and bipolar 2 how to measure for laminate flooring What does slug mean? How long after exposure to get covid test? How to cure a sinus infection? What does seeing a red cardinal mean? cui bono pronounciation who benefits What is the wild hunt witcher? advice on howtotake easy when moving how can you improve your sleeping habits What are herbivores? what advice did papa given travis about hunting What time does tanger outlets close? What does tm mean in texting? Tips on how to reduce ram usage for laptops? who recorded the hamburger helper raps Start menu not working here how to fix tricks windows10tricks? How to do tricks on a sparrow in destiny? what is the difference between toyota sr and sr5 how to teach aural skills are there job alternatives for a stone mason helper who can only lift 30 pounds? What cna i say about options trading tips and tricks? who am i community helper what is the definition of transition words what does the steam c;ient web helper do What day is thanksgiving 2021? what is the biological definition of a woman what to put in my qa resume without skills What are professional references? How to find deleted photos on iphone? How to donate plasma? What does bhm mean? How to use x-ray tricks? What does oppressed mean? drug definition by who What time is it in st louis? cosider the live leadership chat what advice did the ryan gives the engineering for how to lvel skills as magus what is the definition of an enterprise how to unlock more skills in the skill shop what are the benefits of eating tapioca what is the difference between a nut and a legume What's it called when you use little memory tricks to remmeber stuff? what are the benefits of reading to your baby what are the skills and attributes of a highly effective teacher what time do unemployment benefits get deposited in ga who is the minister of education and skills in ireland What time does costco open for seniors? what is the definition of symbolism how to improve calcium score What does the i in lgbtqia stand for? the ip helper-address command does what What channel are the brewers on? What is the deep state meaning? what is the difference between a chimpanzee and a bonobo What episode does naruto and hinata kiss? What is the meaning of i see you in avatar? how to improve covid How to cancel a check? what are kegel exercises benefits how do i apply for unemployment benefits in arizona What does ed mean in medical terms? what are the costs and benefits of using consumer credit how do you work to improve your customer interactions What are tricks detectives use to make you say yes? which of the following groups receives the least benefits from government’s social policies how can you improve your reading skills get rid of centurylink web helper when i don't have centurylink What does demon time mean? how to improve your sleep score What are tan tips on box wood bushes? how can a healthcare provider's listening skills benefit patients what is the difference in 1095-a and 1095-c What does tmw mean?