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I Never Promised You a Rose Garden

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

No change of diet, no drugs, just psychotherapy

This book is a fictionalized version of the author's recovery from schizophrenia within the confines of a mental institution. Her journey (the book was published in 1963) was undertaken without the use of antipsychotics and her progress rested on good old-fashioned psyc...
This book is a fictionalized version of the author's recovery from schizophrenia within the confines of a mental institution. Her journey (the book was published in 1963) was undertaken without the use of antipsychotics and her progress rested on good old-fashioned psychotherapy. It stands in refreshing and sharp contrast to the way mental illnesses have been treated since the 1970s.

Through personal experience I have come to see the sorry state to which modern psychiatry has fallen in the intervening decades. Psychotherapy has been largely rejected as a therapy for schizophrenia in favour of antipsychotic medication. This situation is changing slightly because the drugs are finally beginning to be acknowledged as ineffective in the majority of patients. Psychotherapy is now getting a "re-think". What is remarkable about I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, apart from the sheer brilliance of its prose and insights, is that the author's recovery happened without a change of diet, the use of supplements or even energy medicine. It came about painfully, over time, through exploring the belief system that the young girl had constructed in order to protect herself from real and imagined family hurts. The exploration of the family belief system between the girl and her psychiatrist is very relevant to the Family Constellation Therapy that our family underwent.

There is hardly any information on the market today about recovery from schizophrenia, beyond advice on continuing to take your medication, to have "realistic" expectations and to monitor yourself for signs of relapse. I believe that one of the explanations for this lack of information is that many doctors believe that recovery from schizophrenia is not possible and that anyone who "recovers" probably didn't have schizophrenia to begin with. (Joanne Greenberg would beg to differ.) Just getting off the medications is not recovery for most people. It is only the beginning of recovery. The roller coaster ride of recovery is painful and long. Set-backs often look like relapse. The temptation is always there to go back on the medications, which adds a further painful dimension, the worry over whether you are doing the right thing. Very few people believe, thanks to the power of the pharmaceutical lobby, that recovery is possible without medication. Many people believe that the medications are meant for life (and the doctors will tell you so). Many people are waiting for the next miracle drug - a drug that, in my opinion, will never fix the problems of the psyche.

posted by Rossa_Forbes on May 25, 2010

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

I Never Promised You A Rose Garden

I Never Promised You A Rose Garden is about a 16-year-old schizophrenic girl named Deborah Blau. It tells of Deborah's life in a mental hospital, but it is quite confusing as it switches back aand fourth from Deborah's hallucinations and reality. I would recom...
I Never Promised You A Rose Garden is about a 16-year-old schizophrenic girl named Deborah Blau. It tells of Deborah's life in a mental hospital, but it is quite confusing as it switches back aand fourth from Deborah's hallucinations and reality. I would recommend to people 16 years of age and older. For younger people, just read carefully, and try to recognize which is Deborah's mind, and which is real life.

posted by Anonymous on January 3, 2004

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

    My LA teacher was talking about this book

    My LA teacher was talking about this book and im glade i got to read it :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2014

    This book has been reviewed many, many times so I won't review i

    This book has been reviewed many, many times so I won't review it. Just a warning to those purchasing the Nook book version that the afterward is omitted. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2013

    Best book ever

    I read this book when I was a young child. I think I was 9 or 10. 8 I loved the book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2013

    Excellent book

    Amazing trip through the mind of a mentally ill teenage girl

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2013

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    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2012

    It's my favorite book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2011

    Boring!

    This book is terrible i hated it! Dont waste your time and mony on this book!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2008

    OUTSTANDING!

    wow!this boook was good.too see how someone can change over time &end up living pretty well.i loved it and i know anyone else would.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2008

    Not as good as I thought

    I was very disappointed when I started reading the book. Not because of the plot line. But because of the content. It didn't keep my attention and it was extremely boring. The plot line is amazing, but they way it was put was disappointing.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2006

    Disappointing

    After all the hype from this book, I was expecting a lot better. It was confusing and hard to tell what was real life, what wasn't. I wouldn't recommend it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2003

    I Never Promised You a Rose Garden

    I think one of the good key points that the book is trying to convey is that the fine line between sanity and insanity is as thin as a thread. The fine line between the cruelty of insane world of a mental patience and the harshness of the sane world that we live in is even thinner.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2003

    A Great Plot!!!!!!!!!!

    The book I Never Promised You A Rose Garden is about a 16 year old schizophrenic named Deborah Blau learning to cope with the real world with the help of her brilliant doctor. I recommend this book to anyone over the age of 16, who is also comfortable with their sanity.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2003

    the book is good.....

    this book u have to undersatnd it and pay good attention to it so that u can know whats is tryin to tell you...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2003

    Freaky

    This book made me question my own sanity. I was horrified by the concept of the cold pack. You really have to have control of your own mind to adventure in Deborah's and her world of Yr. *Anterrabe's laughter*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2002

    I couldn't put it down!

    An extremely touching and intimate story, this book makes you feel like you are really living inside with Deborah. The more I read, the more I felt like she was one of my close friends, Deborah is one of the most "real" characters that I have ever encountered in literature.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2002

    A Wonderful look into the deceit of the Mind.

    This book is wonderful. It makes you want to read more by enticing you with the harshness of a mental institute and a world of such destruction. This book is my absolute favorite... and I recomend that you read it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2002

    I never promised you a rose garden

    This book is a good educator of mental illnesses. Expecially from the view of the patient. I read this for school so of course it wasn't on my top ten list but I would tell people to read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2002

    Wow

    This was such a sad book, but sooo interesting and osm!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2002

    This book changed my life

    I have bipolar disorder, and this book seriously changed my life. The story is so true to heart and I recomend this book to anyone who feels stuck in life. It's so true- it describes being psychotic so clearly it's chilling. I read this book after my 6th hospitalization and it did more for me than months of therapy. Seriously- read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2002

    Simply Amazing

    This book keeps you on your toes from start to finish. Never has mental illness taken such a unique twist. A must read.

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