Voluntary Madness: My Year Lost and Found in the Loony Bin

Version: Unabridged
Author: Norah Vincent
Narrator: Tavia Gilbert
Genres: Biography & Memoir, Non-Fiction, Psychology
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: January 2009
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 9 hours
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Norah Vincent's Self-Made Man ended on a harrowing note. Suffering from severe depression after her eighteen months living disguised as a man, Vincent felt she was a danger to herself. On the advice of her psychologist she committed herself to a mental institution. Vincent's journey takes her from a big-city hospital to a facility in the Midwest and finally to an upscale retreat down south, as she analyzes the impact of institutionalization on the unwell, the tyranny of drugs as treatment, and the dysfunctional dynamics between caregivers and patients.

"Vincent's discussions of daily life, treatment approaches, observations of patients and staff, and commentary on the over-reliance of medication and the nature of mental illness itself are fresh and valuable."-Library Journal

Author Details

Author Details

Vincent, Norah

Norah Vincent left her job as a nationally syndicated opinion columnist for the "Los Angeles Times" to research this book. Her work has appeared in "The New Republic," the "New York Post, The Village Voice," and "The Washington Post," among other journals, and she has appeared on numerous radio and television talk shows.