Crazy

Crazy

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by Pete Earley
     
 

ISBN-10: 0399153136

ISBN-13: 9780399153136

Pub. Date: 04/20/2006

Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)


Former Washington Post reporter Pete Earley had written extensively about the criminal justice system. But it was only when his own son-in the throes of a manic episode-broke into a neighbor's house that he learned what happens to mentally ill people who break a law.

This is the Earley family's compelling story, a troubling look at bureaucratic apathy and

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Former Washington Post reporter Pete Earley had written extensively about the criminal justice system. But it was only when his own son-in the throes of a manic episode-broke into a neighbor's house that he learned what happens to mentally ill people who break a law.

This is the Earley family's compelling story, a troubling look at bureaucratic apathy and the countless thousands who suffer confinement instead of care, brutal conditions instead of treatment, in the "revolving doors" between hospital and jail. With mass deinstitutionalization, large numbers of state mental patients are homeless or in jail-an experience little better than the horrors of a century ago. Earley takes us directly into that experience-and into that of a father and award-winning journalist trying to fight for a better way.

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ISBN-13:
9780399153136
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
04/20/2006
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.28(h) x 1.25(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

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Crazy 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Butterblume More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 19 days ago
I ship it.
Patito_de_Hule 7 months ago
When Pete Earley's son was diagnosed with schizophrenia Earley was devestated. His son's potential career was on the line, he wasn't willing to accept treatment, and he was generally unpredictable and very unsafe. When Earley tried to get his son into the hospital, his son was turned away because he didn't want to be treated - and laws say that unless someone is an immediate threat to himself or others, he can not be treated involuntarily. Earley had to pretend his son was a threat to Earley's well-being to get his son hospitalized. Then Earley went to a commitment hearing to make sure his son stayed in the hospital until he was better. Early was appalled by his son's defense lawyer who did her best to defend Earley's son despite his son's clear mental illness. In her own defense, the lawyer said it was her job to defend the rights of someone who did not want to be committed. Earley's son won the case and was released. After this incident, Earley's son broke into a house, peed on the carpet, turned over the all the photographs, and took a bubble bath. He was arrested and charges were filed against him by the family. Despite Earley's pleading with the family that his son was not targeting them specifically, that he was sick, the mother felt threatened and continued to press felony charges. Earley knew that the charges would be an irremovable bar from his son's career choice. Because of the horrors of being unable to treat his son, and the unfairness of the charges, Earley decided to research the state of the mentally ill in the Miami jail system. There are, according to the staff psychiatrist, "a lot of people who think mentally ill people are going to get help if they are in jail. But the truth is, we don't help many people here with their psychosis. We can't. The first priority is making sure no one kills himself." The psychiatrist said that the point of the prison was to dehumanize and humiliate a person. Such treatment is counter to improving anyone's health. Early did a fantastic job of reporting the horrors of how mentally ill are treated in prison, and about the money wasted due to unnecessarily lengthy time in jail without trial, and high recidivism rate.
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Anonymous 12 months ago
I think that this book was amazing. I got it from a Psychiatrist I work for and I never knew the struggles people had to go through to help an ill family member that did not think they had a problem. Since this book was written, I hope a lot has changed in the legal system but I don't believe that it has. I would highly recommend this to anyone who works in the field or has a family memeber with a mental illness.
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Paula Gehl More than 1 year ago
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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LindaKE More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.