The Collected Schizophrenias

The Collected Schizophrenias

by Esmé Weijun Wang
The Collected Schizophrenias

The Collected Schizophrenias

by Esmé Weijun Wang


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Powerful, affecting essays on mental illness, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and a Whiting Award

An intimate, moving book written with the immediacy and directness of one who still struggles with the effects of mental and chronic illness, The Collected Schizophrenias cuts right to the core. Schizophrenia is not a single unifying diagnosis, and Esmé Weijun Wang writes not just to her fellow members of the “collected schizophrenias” but to those who wish to understand it as well. Opening with the journey toward her diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder, Wang discusses the medical community’s own disagreement about labels and procedures for diagnosing those with mental illness, and then follows an arc that examines the manifestations of schizophrenia in her life. In essays that range from using fashion to present as high-functioning to the depths of a rare form of psychosis, and from the failures of the higher education system and the dangers of institutionalization to the complexity of compounding factors such as PTSD and Lyme disease, Wang’s analytical eye, honed as a former lab researcher at Stanford, allows her to balance research with personal narrative. An essay collection of undeniable power, The Collected Schizophrenias dispels misconceptions and provides insight into a condition long misunderstood.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781555978273
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 71,142
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Esmé Weijun Wang is the author of The Border of Paradise. She received the Whiting Award in 2018 and was named one of Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists of 2017. She holds an MFA from the University of Michigan and lives in San Francisco.

Table of Contents

Diagnosis 3

Toward a Pathology of the Possessed 27

High-Functioning 43

Yale Will Not Save You 59

The Choice of Children 79

On the Ward 95

The Slender Man, the Nothing, and Me 113

Reality, On-Screen 123

John Doe, Psychosis 133

Perdition Days 145

L'Appel du Vide 161

Chimayó 171

Beyond the Hedge 187

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