On Being Insane: In Search of My Missing Pieces

On Being Insane: In Search of My Missing Pieces


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After being diagnosed with Asperger's Disorder at age seven, Elliot becomes fascinated with the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (the Bible of American psychiatry) and its enumeration, categorization, and systematization of innate human differences. This specialized knowledge of the DSM's rules and codes comes in handy as Elliot struggles through multiple psychiatric hospitalizations for severe bipolar depression, but his dreams of being a clinical psychologist seem ever further out of reach until a kindly professor and autism scientist termed herein as Dr. Pinball takes notice of his abilities. This is a story of one young man's searching: for sanity, for stability, and for the people who understand. They may be found in unlikely places.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781947381025
Publisher: Dreaming Big Publications
Publication date: 10/22/2017
Pages: 106
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.25(d)

About the Author

Elliot Gavin Keenan is 21 years old and now a PhD student in Human Development & Psychology at UCLA. He has published a lyric essay in the literary journal Gravel. He has Asperger's syndrome and bipolar disorder. His research, which has been funded by the Autism Science Foundation, focuses on comorbidity in autism spectrum disorder. In his spare time he enjoys strategy board games, swing sets, and using italics.

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