The Collected Schizophrenias, Esmé Weijun Wang

Graywolf Press.

This book discusses the experiences of the author, who herself has schizoaffective disorder, bipolar type. There are few writings out there from the perspective of the individual with the mental illness, and her writing is outstanding. She writes about psychosis and managing her symptoms through medication management and finding her way through symptom management. She also attended Yale when she discovered her disorder, and she describes how colleges are incapable of handling mental health issues in any capacity, instead of sending the problems away, requiring her to transfer to Stanford to complete her undergraduate degree.
She was previously diagnosed as bipolar that eventually evolved into the schizoaffective disorder diagnosis. Much of the writing focuses on her delusions and their medical historical origins, in particular, Cotard’s Delusion, which is the belief that the person believes they are dead. What I loved about the book was the challenges faced as she worked full-time as a lab manager. I can’t imagine being schizoaffective with a full-time job. I hope she manages her book tour and her schedule well.

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