By Gayle A. on February 16, 2015
“As a mother and caregiver for a daughter who shares the same diagnosis as Bethany, I HIGHLY recommend this book. Bethany’s courageous and forthright memoir provides tremendous hope for recovery. I have read MANY memoirs by people living with schizophrenia in hopes of discovering common denominators toward recovery and this is one of the BEST books I’ve yet to read.
I hold it in the same esteem as Dr. Elyn Saks’ and Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison’s memoirs. This book has also provided tremendous insight in terms of symptoms specific to this illness, especially auditory, tactile and visual hallucinations and delusions of grandeur. Bethany Yeiser’s memoir is a MUST READ for anyone living with or caregiving for severe mental illness. My hope is that it finds its way into every high school and college library.
FANTASTIC RESOURCE FOR MINISTERS AND SOCIAL WORKERS
By Nathan on February 11, 2015
I recently finished reading Mind Estranged and as both a minister and a social worker I have found Bethany’s insight to be invaluable in my ministry and care for those who suffer from mental illness. Yeiser’s honest and vulnerable description of her experiences found in this text have given me a framework for understanding this illness that in a way speaks to the humanity of the individual and destroys any truncated stereotypes one might hold towards those suffering from schizophrenia or any other mental illness.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE
By Laura E. McLaughlin on October 17, 2014
Bethany’s account of her descent into mental illness and subsequent homelessness is both harrowing and illuminating. It is one of the few published memoirs to offer a comprehensive glance inside severe psychosis, and demonstrates the often subtle onset of symptoms. In sharing her story, Bethany underlines the pervasiveness of mental illness, as well as the richness and dimension of each individual’s experience of psychosis. Her book busts myths about stereotypical profiles of homeless people and “mental patients,” as Bethany experienced a happy childhood, excelled in school and music, and was by all accounts a typically-developing child and young woman. Anyone can have a mental disorder, and Bethany’s story teaches us that all those struggling with mental illness are not alone. Her story offers significant hope, as she finds treatment and medication, and is restored to health and vitality. I’m grateful for Bethany’s bravery–the book she’s written is equal parts educational and inspirational, and her message offers a great challenge to the widespread stigma surrounding mental illness and homelessness.