Transforming Madness by Jay Neugeboren
New Lives For People Living With Mental Illness

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In Imagining Robert, Jay Neugeboren told the sad, deeply personal, often shocking story of one man and one family's struggle against chronic mental illness. Now, in his wide-ranging, well-informed new book, he presents an overview of the entire field: a clear-eyed, articulate survey of our mental-health-care system's shortcomings and the new, effective, proven approaches that can make a real difference in the lives of the millions of Americans afflicted with severe mental illness, offering new hope to them and their families.

A book for general readers and professionals alike, Transforming Madness is at once a critique, a message of reassurance and hope, and a call to action with the impact of such groundbreaking books as The Other America and Death at an Early Age. Comprehensive, dramatic, and richly textured, it goes beyond mere indictment of what's wrong to point the way toward a promising future. Indeed, Transforming Madness is less about how the health system has failed America's mentally ill than it is about programs that work -- success stories that provide genuine hope for a permanent recovery. This book is unique in that it gives us the good news: while madness has hitherto had the power to transform us, we now have the knowledge and means to transform madness.In Imagining Robert, Jay Neugeboren told the sad, deeply personal, often shocking story of one man and one family's struggle against chronic mental illness. Now, in his wide-ranging, well-informed new book, he presents an overview of the entire field: a clear-eyed, articulate survey of our mental-health-care system's shortcomings and the new, effective, proven approaches that can make a real difference in the lives of the millions of Americans afflicted with severe mental illness, offering new hope to them and their families.

A book for general readers and professionals alike, Transforming Madness is at once a critique, a message of reassurance and hope, and a call to action with the impact of such groundbreaking books as The Other America and Death at an Early Age. Comprehensive, dramatic, and richly textured, it goes beyond mere indictment of what's wrong to point the way toward a promising future. Indeed, Transforming Madness is less about how the health system has failed America's mentally ill than it is about programs that work -- success stories that provide genuine hope for a permanent recovery. This book is unique in that it gives us the good news: while madness has hitherto had the power to transform us, we now have the knowledge and means to transform madness.

 

About Jay Neugeboren

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Jay Neugeboren has published seven novels, a story collection, and one previous memoir. He teaches at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
 
Published April 21, 1999 by William Morrow. 400 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Professional & Technical, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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And cost should be a consideration.” Neugeboren pegs an excellent Boston-area supervised residential program with strong support services to cost between $25,000 and $35,000 per person per year, while “the cost of keeping my brother on a locked ward without anything resembling psychological, voca...

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A quiet revolution is taking place in the care and treatment of the mentally ill, observes Neugeboren in this invaluable state-of-the-art report.

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