Life Inside by Mindy Lewis

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The patient is an ascetically pretty 15½-year-old white female. She is intelligent, fearful, extremely anxious, and depressed. Her rage is poorly controlled and inappropriately expressed.
Diagnostic Impression: Program for social recovery in a supportive and structured environment appears favorable.
Life Inside
In 1967, three months before her sixteenth birthday, Mindy Lewis was sent to a state psychiatric hospital by court order. She had been skipping school, smoking pot, and listening to too much Dylan. Her mother, at a loss for what else to do, decided that Mindy remain in state custody until she turned eighteen and became a legal, law-abiding, "healthy" adult.
Life Inside is Mindy's story about her coming-of-age during those tumultuous years. In honest, unflinching prose, she paints a richly textured portrait of her stay on a psychiatric ward -- the close bonds and rivalries among adolescent patients, the politics and routines of institutional life, the extensive use of medication, and the prevalence of life-altering misdiagnoses. But this memoir also takes readers on a journey of recovery as Lewis describes her emergence into adulthood and her struggle to transcend the stigma of institutionalization. Bracingly told, and often terrifying in its truths, Life Inside is a life-affirming memoir that informs as it inspires.

About Mindy Lewis

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Mindy Lewis is a painter and self-employed graphic designer. She lives in New York City.
Published March 9, 2010 by Atria Books. 370 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Misdiagnosed as an acute schizophrenic and plied with a cocktail of drugs including Thorazine (the drug’s manufacturer was a major funder of the hospital’s research studies), Lewis is afraid of being a “career mental patient.” She throws herself into her schoolwork, gets a part-time job outside t...

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In the tradition of Girl, Interrupted and I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, Lewis details her often harrowing experiences as an adolescent trapped in a psychiatric hospital and her more than 30-year recovery—and redemption—from having been diagnosed schizophrenic at age 15.

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Meanwhile, Brody's wife, Jessica (Morena Baccarin), has been walking a narrow line for years between wanting to move on with her life - she's even begun a new romantic relationship - and trying to keep everything the same as it was when Brody disappeared.

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