Voluntary Madness

Voluntary Madness

Lost and Found in the Mental Healthcare System

By Norah Vincent

Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143116851, 283pp.

Publication Date: December 29, 2009

From the author of "The New York Times" bestseller "Self- Made Man," a captivating expose of depression and mental illness in America
Revelatory, deeply personal, and utterly relevant, "Voluntary Madness" is a controversial work that unveils the state of mental healthcare in the United States from the inside out. At the conclusion of her celebrated first book--"Self-Made Man," in which she soent eighteen months disguised as a man-Norah Vincent found herself emotionally drained and severely depressed.
Determined but uncertain about maintaining her own equilibrium, she boldly committed herself to three different facilities-a big-city hospital, a private clinic in the Midwest, and finally an upscale retreat in the South. "Voluntary Madness" is the chronicle of Vincent's journey through the world of the mentally ill as she struggles to find her own health and happiness.

About the Author
NORAH VINCENT is the New York Times best-selling author of Self-Made Man, as well as two other books. Formerly an op-ed columnist for the Los Angeles Times, she has also contributed regularly to Salon, the Advocate, and theVillage Voice. She lives in New York City.

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