Am I Sane Yet?: An Insider's Look at Mental Illness

Am I Sane Yet?: An Insider's Look at Mental Illness

by John Scully


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Mental illness doesn’t have to be a prison sentence.

International award-winning journalist John Scully has been committed to mental institutions seven times. He has been locked up. He has attempted suicide. He has been diagnosed with severe depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. During this time, he has held down leading jobs with world broadcasters.

Am I Sane Yet? is essential reading for patients already suffering from depression, as well as for their relatives and friends. It is also a must for those who are hiding their depression because of the stigma that continues to haunt the mentally ill.

With brutal frankness Scully reveals the plight of patients he has met on the inside and investigates the therapies and drugs they have been given to try to ease their pain.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781459707863
Publisher: Dundurn Press
Publication date: 06/03/2013
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

John Scully is a prize-winning international journalist who has covered stories in over 70 countries and 35 war zones. He's worked for some of the world's leading broadcasters but has suffered from depression and post-traumatic stress disorder for much of that time. Scully is the author of Am I Dead Yet?: A Journalist's Perspective on Terror. He lives in Toronto.

Table of Contents

Prologue 11

1 Cell Block One 15

2 The Statistics and the Fallout 19

3 A Friend Indeed 31

4 Billy 37

5 The Different Faces of Mental Illness 48

6 Depression and Addiction 52

7 It Can Happen to Anyone 56

8 My Story: The Early Years 59

9 Cub Reporter Par (Not So) Excellence 75

10 The BBC and other Stories 82

11 The Move to Canada 95

12 The Weight of the World 102

13 Going Home 111

14 Back to Canada 124

15 Back in Treatment 132

16 On the Move Again 137

17 The Long Road to Recovery 144

18 Therapy: What's Right for You? 151

19 The Future of Mental Health Care 165

20 Looking Back, Moving Forward 171

Epilogue 185

Resources 195

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