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Smoking Cigarettes, Eating Glass - A Psychologist's Memoir

Annita Perez Sawyer

Annita Sawyer's memoir is a harrowing, heroic, and redeeming story of her battle with mental illness, and her triumph in overcoming it. In 1960, as a suicidal teenager, Sawyer was institutionalized, misdiagnosed, and suffered through 89 electroshock treatments before being transfered, labeled as "unimproved" The damage done has haunted her life. Discharged in 1966, after finally receiving proper psychiatric care, Sawyer kept her past secret and moved on to graduate from Yale University, raise two children, and become a respected psychotherapist. That is, until 2001, when she reviewed her hospital records and began to remember a broken childhood and the even more broken mental health system of the 1950s and 1960s, Revisiting scenes from her childhood and assembling the pieces of a lost puzzle, her autobiography is a cautionary tale of careless psychiatric diagnosis and treatment, both 50 years ago and today. It is an informative story about understanding PTSD and making emotional sense of events that can lead a soul to darkness. Most of all, it's a story of perseverance: pain, acceptance, healing, hope, and success. Hers is a unique voice for this generation, shedding light on an often misunderstood illness.

Annita Sawyer's memoir is a harrowing, heroic, and redeeming story of her battle with mental illness, and her triumph in overcoming it. In 1960, as a suicidal teenager, Sawyer was institutionalized, misdiagnosed, and suffered through 89 electroshock treatments before being transfered, labeled as "unimproved" The damage done has haunted her life. Discharged in 1966, after finally receiving proper psychiatric care, Sawyer kept her past secret and moved on to graduate from Yale University, raise two children, and become a respected psychotherapist. That is, until 2001, when she reviewed her hospital records and began to remember a broken childhood and the even more broken mental health system of the 1950s and 1960s, Revisiting scenes from her childhood and assembling the pieces of a lost puzzle, her autobiography is a cautionary tale of careless psychiatric diagnosis and treatment, both 50 years ago and today. It is an informative story about understanding PTSD and making emotional sense of events that can lead a soul to darkness. Most of all, it's a story of perseverance: pain, acceptance, healing, hope, and success. Hers is a unique voice for this generation, shedding light on an often misunderstood illness.
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Annita Sawyer's memoir is a harrowing, heroic, and redeeming story of her battle with mental illness, and her triumph in overcoming it. In 1960, as a suicidal teenager, Sawyer was institutionalized, misdiagnosed, and suffered through 89 electroshock treatments before being transfered, labeled as "unimproved" The damage done has haunted her life. Discharged in 1966, after finally receiving proper psychiatric care, Sawyer kept her past secret and moved on to graduate from Yale University, raise two children, and become a respected psychotherapist. That is, until 2001, when she reviewed her hospital records and began to remember a broken childhood and the even more broken mental health system of the 1950s and 1960s, Revisiting scenes from her childhood and assembling the pieces of a lost puzzle, her autobiography is a cautionary tale of careless psychiatric diagnosis and treatment, both 50 years ago and today. It is an informative story about understanding PTSD and making emotional sense of events that can lead a soul to darkness. Most of all, it's a story of perseverance: pain, acceptance, healing, hope, and success. Hers is a unique voice for this generation, shedding light on an often misunderstood illness.

Language:

English

Length:

10h 38m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:12


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:20


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

12:21


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

23:10


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

25:29


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

15:26


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

24:13


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

15:26


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

31:43


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

36:40


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

28:15


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

21:50


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

18:20


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

28:45


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

18:21


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

09:21


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

26:08


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

14:30


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

20:57


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

10:44


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

28:32


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

09:20


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

18:54


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

14:53


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

29:03


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

15:19


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

11:10


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

24:13


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

16:11


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

15:51


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

13:48


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

12:28


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

15:27


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

30:34


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

00:46