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Crazy: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness

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  • Posted December 18, 2011

    Why we fight ...

    I just finished reading his book. It took me a few months to get up the strength to do it. Having read a few books about this difficult subject I knew this would not be an uplifting, easy read. This was a very good reminder why I am fighting so hard and why I need to keep fighting for my son until the day I die. I tell myself quit whining, this is the new normal. I¿m always asking myself what will be my next goal to help my son; unfortunately no one is really available to consult. Yes, a lot of people think they know better and hand out advice, but they are not there when the tough decisions have to be made, these are almost always made alone in the dark. This book is a great reminder not to give up. Wishing everyone reading this that they will never, never have to personally experience the frustration, heplessness, anger and exhaustion in dealing with a system that is stacked against the seriously mentally ill.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2007

    Excellent, but disturbing book.

    Having worked within the mental health system for years, I found this book interesting, but also, unfortunately, just a confirmation of what I have been watching throughout my career. Our system is very broken! A review on the back cover of the book indicates that this is a great book for families 'of seriously mentally ill people' to read - but the reality is that, while they may find the book interesting, they aren't the ones who need to read it - they live it every day. It's our lawmakers and 'human rights advocates' who need to read it, as they are who can influence the changes that need to be made.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    Pete Earley has written a frighteningly accurate account of how the mentally ill are treated in our society. As someone in the field, I found it accurate and overwhelmingly sad. Not only are the rights and care of those with mental illness really not being provided for, neither are those of the average citizen to be safe from those with mental illness and violent tendencies. It's a lose-lose for all of us. Loved the book even though it's heartbreaking.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 24, 2011

    what a great book

    very personal look at not only our system of dealing with mental illness in America, but how it affects a family. Nobody should ever have to know the pain associated with these illnesses, and the sadness that comes with the process of attempting to parent through it.

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  • Posted October 20, 2009

    A challenge to all of us

    This book describes the difficulties that many people with mental illness have. It details the challenge that some mentally ill people experience with the criminal justice system. Our criminal justice system does not always have adequate facilities and treatment for the many often untreated mentally ill who end up arrested and charged with crimes. Sometimes the mental illness prevent good judgement or even awareness of how the event breaks the law. As a mental health professional who is involved with a local jail I found it described our local situation at least in part.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2007

    Great look into the world of mental illness!

    This book is so well written, so interesting, and such an inspiring yet, angering book. A look into the criminalization of the mentally ill should get anyone and everyone thinking about how we treat those that are suffering. Great job Mr. Earley, I plan on reading more of your books!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2006

    Amazing account of America's Mental Health system

    This book is well written and very informative. If you work with the mentally ill or want to learn more about the mental heatlh system this is the book to read. This is a great book for someone who is just learning about mental health and those who already know something.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2006

    Excellent Insight

    I absolutely loved this book. I only stopped reading it when I slept and was at work (even then I sneaked a chapter in). If you're interested in Mental Illiness as much as I am, you'll love this.

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