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...
  • PWRL
    Mar 14, 2017
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  • 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....
  • Kitty Davis
    Mar 28, 2017
    A moving personal story written by the father of two sons with serious mental health issues combined with the history of scientific understanding and medications, society's attitudes and governmental policies. ...
  • North Landesman
    Mar 30, 2017
    A moving, powerful book about mental illness. Powers' family story is the real draw here. His family story brings to light a larger story about mental health in this country. His descriptions of his family's struggle were vivid, tragic, and illuminating. The historical narrative is interesting, but ...
  • 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...
  • Corinne Dolci
    Apr 17, 2017
    A must for anyone interested in or affected by mental health issues (which is all us, btw). Also happens to be brilliantly written and researched, with nuanced analysis throughout.For anyone who has dealt with the mentally ill closely, reading Powers' descriptions of his experiences with his sons is...