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 magic. Much of the writing focuses on her delusions that the basis of them, 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. She was previously diagnosed as bipolar that eventually evolved into the schizoaffective disorder diagnosis.