No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America

No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America

New York Times-bestselling author Ron Powers offers a searching, richly researched narrative of the social history of mental illness in America paired with the deeply personal story of his two sons' battles with schizophrenia.From the centuries of torture of "lunatiks" at Bedlam Asylum to the infamous eugenics era to the follies of the anti-psychiatry movement to the curre...

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Title:No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America
Author:Ron Powers
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ISBN:0316341177
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:384 pages

No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America Reviews

  • Kristin
    Jan 07, 2017
    In No One Cares About Crazy People, Ron Powers explores the insidious treatment of the mentally ill throughout history and the social injustice perpetrated against their desperate families. Stigmatized by societies indifference towards the insane, Powers personal account of son Kevin’s slow des...
  • Toni
    Apr 12, 2017
    Exceptional book that provides both valuable information and family insight to mental illness. While Mr. Powers had every right to pour his emotion into this book he did so sparingly, gently, with elegance and grace. Only after his younger son's death did the powerlessness of what he and his lived t...
  • Celine
    Apr 04, 2017
    Ron Powers' book is a collection of histories (the history of asylums, the history of psychotropics, etc.) tethered together by the story of his sons and their familial experience with schizophrenia. He brings each aspect together artfully; the perfect mix of history and background, personal story, ...
  • Pam ☼Because Someone Must Be a Thorn☼ Tee
    Mar 26, 2017
    ~review copyThe writing did not engage me. My other friends like this book and got more from it so take my opinion with a grain of salt....
  • Sarah Wilson
    May 06, 2017
    Let me start off with saying: I wish this book didn't exist. I wish it was full of falsehoods. But instead it's filled with harsh realities that we as a nation and a culture have to face. This book alternates between chapters of the history of the treatment of mental illness (with a focus on severe ...
  • Robyn Obermeyer
    Apr 01, 2017
    This book is very sad, yet the details and research into mental illness are real facts. I like the way the writer writes, and feel lots of empathy toward his life and his sons. I learned a lot reading this and struggle with the truths of schizophrenia as my 33 yr old son has it. As hard as it is ...
  • Bonnie Brody
    Apr 02, 2017
    As a clinical social worker with a special interest in the seriously mentally ill, I very much appreciated Ron Powers' personal and societal exploration of mental illness. As the father of two schizophrenic sons, one who took his own life, he knows the ravages of this disease firsthand. Despite a de...
  • Kacey
    Apr 19, 2017
    This text weaves two major threads: an opinionated history of the treatment of mental illness, mostly in the U.S., and a tragic memoir of the author's sons -- gifted and schizophrenic. There's conflict between these threads: I tried to read this as a history and at times felt an excessive number of ...
  • Steve Peifer
    Apr 23, 2017
    Very possibility the most harrowing book you may ever read. Sad, desperate and a scene that is every parent's worst nightmare. Not for the faint of heart but an important subject told with sad courage....
  • Holly
    May 16, 2017
    Overview of how psychiatric illness has been misunderstood, criminalized, ignored, and treated, with a special emphasis on schizophrenia, the disease that haunts Powers's own family.Although it clocked in at 15 hours I was able to listen to the entire audiobook over two short days, which helped my m...