A Fight to Be - A Psychologist's Experience From Both Sides Of The Locked Door

Ron Bassman's story--his descent into a psychiatric abyss and his ultimate triumph to live a purpose-filled and self-directed life--should be required reading for anyone who has ever been diagnosed with a mental illness, those who love them and those professionals who have the power to label and diagnose. A Fight to Be deconstructs the myth that a label of schizophrenia means a diminished capacity to create a meaningful life for oneself. As you open the pages of this book, be prepared to learn that there is more to treatment than pills, that there is always meaning in madness--if you dare to look and listen--but most of all be prepared to find hope for recovery. A very personal and precious gift from an oh so gifted writer. Laurie Ahern, Associate Director, Mental Disability Rights International

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