Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So

Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So

A Memoir

Book - 2010
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More than thirty years after the publication of his acclaimed memoir The Eden Express, Mark Vonnegut continues his story in this searingly funny, iconoclastic account of coping with mental illness, finding his calling, and learning that willpower isn't nearly enough.

Here is Mark's life childhood as the son of a struggling writer, as well as the world after Mark was released from a mental hospital. At the late age of twenty-eight and after nineteen rejections, he is finally accepted to Harvard Medical School, where he gains purpose, a life, and some control over his condition. There are the manic episodes, during which he felt burdened with saving the world, juxtaposed against the real-world responsibilities of running a pediatric practice.

Ultimately a tribute to the small, daily, and positive parts of a life interrupted by bipolar disorder, Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So is a wise, unsentimental, and inspiring book that will resonate with generations of readers.

Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385343800
9780385343794
0385343795
Characteristics: xviii, 203 p. : ill. ; 22 cm

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AL_KATI May 22, 2017

It's a little bit of Vonnegut family history, medical tales, mental illness, and amusing anecdotes. Engaging read on a Sunday afternoon.

PennyEvenger Sep 06, 2012

I truly wish more people were aware of how hurtful it is to be ostrisized for you, depression and anxiety... I am an artist, I attend a mental health clubhouse and the irony is that because I have been fortunate to have a natural Hellenic "Ideals"; above average intelligence: being a "Book Worm, just a BFA...struggling artist, writer, videographer, playwrite+++
my academic subjects were limited ):><><BUT I LOVE TO READ BOOKS<<<
Morality and ethically I try to live by the golden rule, THERE...

People have preconscieved ideas about attractive people and that they can't be serious that they are depressed... intellect and looks,,, but being really humble (funds-wise): well, I have limited "funds", on disability and I have trouble interacting with society and authority figures in general, unless I have mutual respect for their Intellect(thenm I am an elitist),,,( we are so "fortunate": so how can we be in a Major Depression/ Anxiety?)" but it happens, and I stay in bed for hours a day when it hits... ah, well My comment to Mark, I loved your talk at FH... and I attend there and do the editing but I am not able to get out of the bind... and Cycle of the Therapeutic Community... Do you know what I mean??? penevejay@yahoo.com thank you

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wiredonjava
Jun 08, 2012

Humble, honest & funny. Mark strives to remove the stigma attached to one experiencing mental health issues. He's right, at one point he claims that everyone has their own something peculiar and idiosyncrasies about them. I have found this to be true. I haven't met one 'normal' person yet!

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cowskaf
Jan 01, 2011

I was very impressed with this book! Mark Vonnegut's voice is refreshing and humorous. He doesn't take himself -- or anyone else -- too seriously, which gives us an irreverent look at mental illness, modern medicine, and a variety of other subjects. Definitely recommended, for anybody.

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Sep 19, 2017

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