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For thirty-two years Ken Steele lived with the devastating symptoms of schizophrenia, tortured by inner voices commanding him to kill himself, ravaged by the delusions of paranoia, barely surviving on the ragged edges of society. In this inspiring story, Steele tells the story of his hard-won recovery from schizophrenia and how activism and advocacy helped him regain his sanity and go on to give hope and support to so many others like him.
1. Descent into Madness
2. Further into the Abyss
3. The Big City
4. Welcome to Bedlam
5. Caught in the Revolving Door
6. Closing Other Doors
7. Second Chances
8. The Day the Voices Stopped
9. Other People's Stories
Afterword: What Needs to be Done
Posted March 25, 2012
The Day the Voices Stopped
Ken Steele suffers a mental disease of schizophrenia, from the age of fourteen has been taunted by voices of the devil pressuring him to commit suicide, belief in his fidelity of paranoia, drags him to the edges of hell with the demon himself luring him in.
The Day the Voices Stopped written by Ken Steele and Claire Berman brings an extravagant blow to everyones dream world as Ken throws away his precious treasury of his past thirteen years of joy through a void of nightmare. A life of no peace as he goes through the tyranny of a constant chorus of voices hound him day and night of “Kill yourself....Set yourself afire, they said. As a person who has never heard of schizophrenia, I found this book a breath taker as he tells an insider’s view so accurately that is rarely portrayed compared to an everyday basis. Alone and paranoid he withdrew himself to the rest of the world with fear of going out to public and thought the whole world were talking about him made him drop out of high school at the age of sixteen.
January 2, 1966, Ken is eighteen years old with no advance from two years past is disowned by his parents with the saying of, “When you turn eighteen, any obligation your mother and I have to you are over.” With no alternative Ken moves to New York which his parents couldn't wait to accept. Ken versus the Demons with Ken zero and Demons one as they had separated him from his parents.
To me hospitals were always there to help you any way then can but the way Ken was handled made me speechless. Being mentally disabled he enters his first hospitalization at a mental health establishment during his first moths in New York. From hell of being a prostitute to another hell being locked up in isolation with medication makes him inert. With no control he lays there bewildered with no act of going to the bathroom as he is caged in straps with no way out but to give into embarrassment. Laying in bed day after day with his body relieving himself with the only way to be clean was his attendants to hose him off. Relieved from the hospital leads him to live in the streets and picked up by prostitutes to cause him harm until eventually giving his body to gay clubs.
From there and after leads him to several hospitals of inhumane treatment of overdose of medication, beaten, and attendants of no reform to watch gangs of patients raping Ken changed his world forever. No longer relying on others he has come to point where he takes responsibly for himself and the courage to branch out to recovery brings him to overpower his voices for three decades as the voices receded. Medication may have been part of his recovery but I believe that once Ken took his responsibility to himself he became a new person that the voices accepted and going through schizophrenic he branches out to others with similar diseases becomes a hero as he rose to the challenge of becoming a nationally known advocate of an American hero.
I truly enjoyed this book and the authors style made the words flow and forming pictures to almost a book of no words. If you truly like biographies of mental disabilities from disabled to the point of recovery like Ken Steele, you’ll find true interest in this book.
paper ID: 235777666
Posted August 24, 2010
I was supposed to read this when class started but I thought I would take a glimpse at it to see what it was like. That was a mistake. For the next four hours, I was hooked! My husband has never read a book in its entirety, but this book he read all in one sitting.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 25, 2010
Ken Steele's account of his near lifelong battle with schizophrenia is nothing short of awe inspiring. Before reading this book, I did not know much about schizophrenia. I feel like Ken Steele gave this disease a voice so that others can truly understand the pain and anguish associated with it. Ken also discusses his work in advocating for the mentally ill - he worked hard to give others with mental illness (not just those with schizophrenia) rights and a voice in society. Although, Ken had a traumatic life because of his illness, his story and his advocacy for the mentally ill, I believe, will give hope to those who suffer from mental illness and also call a plan to action to advocate for the mentally ill.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 4, 2010
As a Mental Health Professional, I highly recommend reading this book. Although Ken Steele's account of having schizophrenia is not entirely typical, it is very close. Ken Steele, did in fact have schizophrenia and he did in fact develop Schizophrenia relatively young. I found this book to be insightful and thought provoking. It is common for people with severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, to be cast out from their family and society...Just like Ken Steele. He had auditory hallucinations, which is the most common type of hallucination among people who suffer from schizophrenia. I recommend this book for those who have loved ones with schizophrenia and for those interested in schizophrenia. It is my belief that often the media misconstrues what schizophrenia entails, this book is a great counter as it provides an accurate portrayal of the sever mental disorder.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2009
I read the book based on a referral from a friend. Within the first two chapters, I was totally drawn into the dilemma of Ken Steele. I realized I had encountered at least three people in my lifetime with the same ailment. This book provided a better understanding and compassion to group of people we as a society sometimes prefer to ignore. There is a definite need for more recognition and awareness for the mental health issues of our society. There are so many opportunities to unlock the minds and allow them to contribute more to society.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 4, 2003
Ken Steele did a great job in writing this book. It helps you to realize how hard life is for those with schizophrenia. As a psychology major, I found this book to be really interesting and very beneficial in my study of this illness.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.