Book Review: Voluntary Madness by Norah Vincent

by lackofsolidity on October 12, 2010

This book gives good insight into the differences of treatment and services provided in various mental health facilities in the U.S.

Also, the author analyzes mental illness, hers included (depression), to exhaustion. Her writing is straight-forwarded and piercingly honest.

This memoir is interesting in that it can make us more aware of specifically how the mentally ill are ‘cared for’ in this country, and thus form our own opinions about the best treatment options available. Furthermore, we can deduce some of the problematic areas that need more attention. Vincent’s writing can also help us see alternative perspectives based on different psychological afflictions. She details many of the “patients” or “clients” as well as the institution’s staff.

She goes to three different facilities, starting with the least appealing and ending with the most appealing. Of course the first is a public city hospital. She compares the three treatment centers to each other, and concludes her ideal way of healing.

It’s not the most exciting, enthralling read, but it’s informative, and not boring if you’ve got a curiosity about the topic.

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