Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So

Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So

A Memoir

Book - 2010
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I wrote Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So because I was increasingly annoyed with my younger self, who had wrapped up everything with a bow. You can try but you don't just get to get over mental illness at age twenty-five, go to medical school, write a book, get married and call it a wrap. In the seventies I was in so in love with the medical model I almost thought I had invented it. "No shame. No blame." I was thrilled to not have my health be dependent on the sanity of society or the wellness of those around me. I was magnanimous about not wanting to credit insight or hard work or circumstances like the kindness of others. Now, the medical model has morphed into "Shut up and take your pills." What passes for care is medication, medication, and more medication, the purpose of which is only incidentally and occasionally to help the patient get a life. Much of mental illness is genetic, but I'm now quite sure there are people with more or less the same genetics I have who never go crazy and others who never get well. As a kid who wrote a little and painted a little and played a little music, I certainly didn't want my mental health riding on anything as flimsy as my creative abilities but, among other things, I've come to see that a willingness to write, paint and play music is more than a little important to progress and just trying to keep my feet under me. It was the feeling that good things had happened to me in spite of myself, that I had a rich life that showed itself in my house and how I practiced pediatrics and how we lived as a family that made me want to write Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So. I'm grateful to the gritty clench-jawed kid who wrote The Eden Express, I think it's an excellent book, but I'm glad I'm not him anymore.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, c2010.
ISBN: 9780385343794
Branch Call Number: 618. 92898 VON V
Characteristics: xviii, 203 p. : ill., ports.


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ArapahoeKati May 22, 2017

It's a little bit of Vonnegut family history, medical tales, mental illness, and amusing anecdotes. Engaging read on a Sunday afternoon.

PennyEvenger Sep 06, 2012

I truly wish more people were aware of how hurtful it is to be ostrisized for you, depression and anxiety... I am an artist, I attend a mental health clubhouse and the irony is that because I have been fortunate to have a natural Hellenic "Ideals"; above average intelligence: being a "Book Worm, just a BFA...struggling artist, writer, videographer, playwrite+++
my academic subjects were limited ):><><BUT I LOVE TO READ BOOKS<<<
Morality and ethically I try to live by the golden rule, THERE...

People have preconscieved ideas about attractive people and that they can't be serious that they are depressed... intellect and looks,,, but being really humble (funds-wise): well, I have limited "funds", on disability and I have trouble interacting with society and authority figures in general, unless I have mutual respect for their Intellect(thenm I am an elitist),,,( we are so "fortunate": so how can we be in a Major Depression/ Anxiety?)" but it happens, and I stay in bed for hours a day when it hits... ah, well My comment to Mark, I loved your talk at FH... and I attend there and do the editing but I am not able to get out of the bind... and Cycle of the Therapeutic Community... Do you know what I mean??? penevejay@yahoo.com thank you

Jun 08, 2012

Humble, honest & funny. Mark strives to remove the stigma attached to one experiencing mental health issues. He's right, at one point he claims that everyone has their own something peculiar and idiosyncrasies about them. I have found this to be true. I haven't met one 'normal' person yet!

Jan 01, 2011

I was very impressed with this book! Mark Vonnegut's voice is refreshing and humorous. He doesn't take himself -- or anyone else -- too seriously, which gives us an irreverent look at mental illness, modern medicine, and a variety of other subjects. Definitely recommended, for anybody.

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JCLBeckyC Sep 29, 2018

"The reason creativity and craziness go together is that if you're just plain crazy without being able to sing or dance or write good poems, no one is going to want to have babies with you. Your genes will fall by the wayside. Who but a brazen crazy person would go one-on-one with blank paper or canvas armed with nothing but ideas?" --Mark Vonnegut, Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So


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