Elyn Saks: A Tale of Mental Illness from the Inside

Elyn Saks provides a personal account of her battle with schizophrenia. She describes in detail when she first started acting erratically and the types of incoherent phrases that she would speak when having an episode.
What particularly interests me is her experiences with restraints and how every mental health patient she spoke with despises them- They are meant to make the patients feel “safe” and be “safe” but this is having a complete opposite effect. She even states that many patients are physically harmed or strangled under restraints. Through this technique, mental health patients are stripped from their own sense of safety and freedom and are imprisoned not only mentally but physically. She makes us understand that people with mental illness are often misunderstood and that we should be more understanding of the conditions they are facing on a day to day basis.


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