David's Adventure with Schizophrenia by David LaChapelle
My Road to Recovery

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When David LaChapelle begins attending Carleton University everything seems to be going in the right direction. But he begins experiencing unexplainable changes in his thought processes which eventually devolves into a full-blown psychotic state. He tries to get help but is turned down, told by the admitting physician that he is fine and not in need of psychiatric care. Not until his family steps in and takes him to the hospital does he come close to receiving any treatment. While there, however, he meets Angela, a fellow patient he will later learn is also suffering from schizophrenia. For now, though, they will embark on a journey that takes them across Canada and beyond.

Beginning first with short trips in the greater Toronto area—including a jaunt to nearby Niagara Falls where a perceived zombie attack necessitates a forced and narrow escape, David and Angela eventually decide a trip to Vancouver is in order. Pawning possessions, selling stocks, sleeping in McDonald’s parking lots, and narrowly escaping arrest on a possible kidnapping charge, their escapades provide a rousing, rollicking ride as they traverse the Great White North until Dave finally receives the help he needs to heal and become healthy once more.

A whirlwind tour of Canada, New York, and the psychological inner workings of a person with paranoid schizophrenia intertwine with LaChapelle’s openness and bracing honesty to turn a frightening disease into a lighthearted, tragicomic romp full of action, hilarity, and more than a few surprises. As his mental state deteriorates, so too does the logic of the adventure, yet somehow he is able to keep it going, showing a resourcefulness not often expected of the mentally ill. A stirring, baffling, and altogether head-scratching caper, David’s Adventure with Schizophrenia is as fascinating as it is entertaining.

About David LaChapelle

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A photographer who specializes in photographing the worlds of fashion, popular music, and Hollywood, David LaChapelle was born in North Carolina, and studied at the Art Students' League and the School of Visual Arts. He began his career creating photographs for Interview magazine, and has since filmed print and TV shoots for such clients as Giorgio Armani, Levis, Estee Lauder, Volvo, Pepsi , MTV, and Diesal Jeans. In 1995, LaChapelle was named Best New Photographer of the Year by both French Photo magazine and American Photo magazine. He was also named the 1996 Photographer of the Year at the VH-1 Fashion Awards, and received an Applied Photography Award from the International Center of Photography. In 1997, LaChapelle published LaChapelle Land, a collection of more than 150 of his photographs from the fashion and entertainment industry, featuring such subjects as Kim Basinger, David Bowie, Sade, Patricia Arquette, k.d. lang, Jim Carrey and Drew Barrymore. LaChapelle is also interested in producing independent feature films.
Published July 7, 2012 by CreateSpace. 113 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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