(FREE) Let Me Not Be Mad A Story of Unravelling Minds by A.K. Benjamin


This book is all of wonderful thought provoking and also very confusing I am still not sure I fully understand it or completely followed it perhaps that is the point When finished it almost feels ike my mind is addled as much as the author s which could well be a sign of how consuming the writing is and that this is written to Make Your Thoughts And your thoughts and echo those of the author Really strange and interesting I did not ike this book I read a review in the NY Times which proclaimed it as exellcent with a write up so compelling I was pleased to purchase it thr Just brilliant and ife changing AK Benjamin s Let Me Not Be Mad is a fascinating hybrid of a book In part a collection of case studies of patients with neurological problems it is also a rather slippery memoir an exploration of the doctor patient relationship and a critiue of Britain s National Health System Intense ironic sharply observed allusive erudite and in places possibly pseudo scholarly the book demands a ot from the reader This is particularly the case in its final third where the narratormemoirist the pseudonymous AK Benjamin is himself in psychological free fall Up to this point the reader knows Dr "Benjamin As A Trustworthy "as a trustworthy professional A neuropsychologist apparently employed in the general neurology department of a hospital in northern England he has described his work gathering patients stories and testing those whose brains aren t functioning properly for a variety of reasons dementia epilepsy traumatic brain injury motor neurone disease and mental illnessDr Benjamin comes across as a capable deeply empathic diagnostician though one whose approach to his work has seemingly been idiosyncratic and unconventional He meets patients for coffee and does non pencil and paper diagnostics in soccer stadiums for example However in the ast part of the book the reader s impression of Benjamin is argely undone by details of a mind and a The Lives of Stay-at-Home Fathers: Masculinity, Carework and Fatherhood in the United States life spinning out of control In disorganized and at times incomprehensible prose the memoirist presents himself as a person who is as troubled as any Simultaneously a memoir a series of case studies a confession and a hall of mirrors A K Benjamin’s Let Me Not Be Mad takes the reader on a twisting psychological journey through madnessove and self destructionA room with two people in it One of them is talking the other is istening Both of them need helpWritten from a uniuely affecting and involved perspective this is a story that be. ,


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Neurological psychological and pop culture references not all of which I comprehended I suspect if I reviewed this
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on a different day would highlight different sections and might "EVEN DRAW DIFFERENT CONCLUSIONS ABOUT IT "draw different conclusions about it s how rich and stimulating it is I do wish the ast section which deals with the author s madness had been controlled I suspect Benjamin wanted to communicate the degree to which his mind had unravelled However I m not sure that forcing the reader to wade through so much muck and mess is necessary to get the point acrossI would ike to thank Net Galley and Penguin GroupDutton for providing me with a digital copy of this intense and challenging puzzle of a bookRating 35 rounded up I checked some parenthetically Noted Scholars And Dates And Couldn T scholars and dates and couldn t the studies being cited A classic combining science poetry humanity and deep introspection True brilliance Uniue fresh and whilst at times it could read Somewhat confusingly it all becomes clear in the end This is a special kind of story told in a special kind of way that continues to grow on you ong after you ve closed it for the 1,000 Awesome Writing Prompts last timeUntil you inevitably open it to read it again with a whole different perspective This is an absolute cracker Funny dark moving surreal and also very real Ioved it The author of this book is a neurologist or psychologist so it s not surprising that the flap copy compares him to Oliver Sacks and RD Laing Those names are guaranteed to piue my interest and the summary also promised that there would be a prescription for a truly empathetic therapy at the end so I took the book out of Written in dense muscular anarchic prose taking us deep inside the delirious fictionalised mind of its author the book has the feel of a juggernaut relentlessly plowing towards the cliff face It s got a truly original and utterly uncompromising feel Occasionally you feel a bit Moonrise (Snowfall, like you re playing catch up but it is despite its confusing feel honest striking and at times savagely funny An outstanding original debut As urgent and compelling as it is profound Unmissabl. Ruth of who we are and what we have done But it’s also about confronting the darkness in us all driving millions of us to distraction and collapseIn pursuit of its author’s secrets you will beed through a hall of mirrors; a abyrinth of stories that pin you with their energy and emotionAlong the way you will discover that all too often madness ike beauty is in the eye of the behold. F his patients running for years from a diagnosis he didn t want to accept and for which he refused treatment He reveals that some of the case studies he described are not based on patients but on himself and his own psychiatric history The most notable of these cases concerns B "The Young Son Of Dysfunctional "young son of dysfunctional absent parents a boy known to eap from bedroom windows and shock himself using a model train setGiven these A Little Dinner Before the Play later revelations it s not surprising really that one of the earliest cases Benjamin presents is that of a recently retired and widowed woman whose memory is failing Lucy has recently been found in the wrong house watering a neighbour s houseplants On another occasion she forgot to turn off a tap before answering the phone and flooded her home Her semantic memory recall of facts is receding and her speech is odd similar sounding words are spoken in place of the right ones Based on her clinical presentation and her MRI scan she s diagnosed with early onset dementia but a few monthsater when the scan is repeated the abnormality hypoperfusion of brain tissue which Mastering the Art of Saying No Without Feeling Guilty: Tips, Techniques and Strategies led to her catastrophic medicalabelling is no Yuganta, The End Of An Epoch longer in evidence The neurologist overseeing the case is forced to walk back the diagnosis Lucy s behaviour is now to be viewed as an extreme response to bereavement and significantife changes Too ate She has accepted the initial verdict and begun the descent into actual dementiaBenjamin explores a study of the ways in which input from medical professionals can drastically alter read imit patients perceptions of themselves and their capacities His awareness of such studies may explain in part his own resistance to a diagnosis when he was a younger person Ultimately however his dysfunction catches up with him His professional approach can no onger be written off as that of a maverick It is clear that his behaviour is abnormal and clear that his behaviour is abnormal and judgement dangerously compromised He is madFor the most part I found Benjamin s book a fascinating one The mind behind it if disordered is nimble and capacious There are innumerable iterary. Gins somewhere familiar – the consulting room – but ends somewhere utterly unexpectedThrough a series of intense encounters with minds on the brink it shows how fine the A Northern Line Minute: The Northern Line line is between strange behaviour and catastrophic illness between truth and fantasy Then it shows what it’sike to cross that Future Focus lineeaving a trail of destruction in one’s wakeIt is a book about confronting the ,

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