The Center Cannot Hold

By Elyn R. Saks

Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

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The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness

A moving, telling memoir of Elyn Sak’s profound battle with schizophrenia. It is an inspiring journey for family members or for anyone suffering from a schizophrenia-related disorder. Saks is a professor of law and psychiatry at the University of Southern California, and with that background, she has crafted something that often reads more like a gripping novel than a personal, first-hand account of her life.

From Amazon.com: “Saks struggled mightily to balance her ambitions with her illness, which was eventually diagnosed as schizophrenia. Never wanting to concede to her mental illness, Saks founds calm and comfort in a rigorous work routine. An analyst characterized her as having three lives: as Elyn, as Professor Saks, and as the Lady of the Charts mental patient. As Saks battled to get off medication and leave behind the Lady of the Charts, she fought for the rights of mental patients, and came to terms with her own limitations.”

Softcover, 368 pages.

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Grohol, J. (2008). The Center Cannot Hold. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 29, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/lib/the-center-cannot-hold/0001485
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    Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 30 Jan 2013
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