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Madness : A Memoir - Kate Richards

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Published: 26th February 2014
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It's not every day you get to admit you're mad.

The thing with psychosis is that when I'm sick I believe the delusional stuff to the same degree that you might know the sky is above and the earth below. And if someone were to say to me that the delusional thinking is, in fact, delusional, well that's the same as if I assure you now that we walk on the sky. Of course you wouldn't believe me, and that's why it's sometimes so hard for people who are sick like this to know that they need treatment. Psychosis and severe depression have a huge effect on how you relate to other people and how you see the world. It's a bit like being in a vacuum, or behind a wall of really thick glass . . . you lose any sense of connectedness. You're cast adrift from everyone and everything that matters.

I've lived with acute psychosis and depression for the best part of twenty years. This is the story of my journey from chaos to balance, and from limbo to meaning.

Kate Richards is a trained doctor currently working in medical research.

About the Author

Kate Richards is a trained doctor currently working in medical research in Melbourne. She first experienced symptoms of psychosis and depression in her late teens, yet went on to complete a medical degree at Monash University with honours. Kate juggled periods of madness and sanity well into her adult life, but in recent years has learnt how to live a happy and productive life with a chronic mental illness.

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      A fascinating read

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        This book will interest just about everyone, especially those who know or work with or know anyone with a mental illness.

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        Insightful, exhausting read

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          I was seeking a greater understanding of the experiences of those battling mental illness. After hearing a radio interview with the author I read both this and the authors next book and found these very personal accounts to be informative, exhausting, at times frightening and inspiring.Thank you Kate Richards.

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          Extraordinary.

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              Original, powerful, redemptive.

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              'Demands to be read' Sunday Age

              'Heart wrenching, mind bending' Daily Telegraph

              'A mysteriously beautiful book' Michael McGirr, Weekend Australian

              'A gifted writer and storyteller' Courier-Mail

              'Astonishing' Herald Sun

              ISBN: 9780143571391
              ISBN-10: 0143571397
              Audience: General
              Format: Paperback
              Language: English
              Number Of Pages: 272
              Published: 26th February 2014
              Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 13.0  x 1.7
              Weight (kg): 20.0
              Edition Number: 1