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The Loony-Bin Trip by Kate Millett
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The Loony-Bin Trip (1990)

by Kate Millett

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    The Eden Express: A Memoir of Insanity by Mark Vonnegut (krazy4katz)
    krazy4katz: Different writing style, but both are interesting explorations of mental illness vs. the celebration of what is unique about each of us. Both books are by authors who are (or were) off the mainstream at one point in their life. The difference is that Kate Millett rejects the "medical model" of mental illness, whereas Mark Vonnegut believes that medication provides the stability necessary for him to be happy.… (more)
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sad, disturbing. not much seems to have changed. how could she forgive her lover who wanted to send her to hospital. if she told the truth as she saw it, she didn't see everything. she must have been very difficult to have so many people doing her dirt. she died in october this year on a holiday with her wife sophie. ( )
  mahallett | Nov 12, 2017 |
I'm glad that people like Kate Millett helped advocate for the civil rights of people with mental illness, although it's more than unfortunate that these days that has come to mean that instead of getting help in hospitals, people with severe mental illness go to prison instead.

Considering the state of "mental health care" at the time (locking people up and drugging them against their will) it's quite frankly a miracle that anybody could recover from mental illness, and Kate Millett certainly didn't seem to until she found a doctor who was actually helpful. I'm not surprised that she was an advocate against forced medicalization and hospitalization. That said, medicine and hospitals work for some people; I have never been firmly anti-psychiatry. It's too bad Kate Millett didn't have access to doctors today who would have helped her either with CBT/DBT therapies or possibly medication with side-effects that she could have lived with. Instead she was met with scorn, gaslighting and forced treatment.

This was an interesting book. Definitely more poetic and flowery than most memoirs. The only thing this book could have done without was the chapter on the horses's dick. If you didn't think that the author suffered from bipolar disorder, a ranting chapter about horse cock will certainly convince you. Thankfully you can skip pages in a book. Unfortunately it will be a while before the images have been erased from my mind. ( )
  lemontwist | Oct 24, 2017 |
An disturbing account of an Academic who is sectioned by family who as a result loses her beloved Career. She describes the conditions inside the Hospital (not nice!) and how she got out.
Be warned some graphic accounts of lesbian sexaulity as she is a lesbian.
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  wonderperson | Mar 29, 2013 |
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