A.K. Benjamin: Let Me Not Be Mad A Story of Unravelling Minds

On pencil and paper diagnostics in soccer stadiums for example However in the last part f the book the reader s impression The Dyfed Enigma: Unidentified Flying Objects in West Wales of Benjamin is largely undone by detailsf a mind and a life spinning ut f control In disorganized and at times incomprehensible prose the memoirist presents himself as a person who is as troubled as any Blackbird of his patients running for years from a diagnosis he didn t want to accept and for which he refused treatment He reveals that somef the case studies he described are not based Midwest Maize: How Corn Shaped the U.S. Heartland on patients butn himself and his Surly Bonds own psychiatric history The most notablef these cases concerns B the young son Sex, Lies, and Videotape of dysfunctional psychologically absent parents a boy known to leap from bedroom windows and shock himself using a model train setGiven these later revelations it s not surprising really thatne The Sanford Guide to Hepatitis Therapy 2016-2017 of the earliest cases Benjamin presents is thatf 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 Syzygy: Reflections on the Monastery of the Seven Rays occasion she forgot to turnff a tap before answering the phone and flooded her home Her semantic memory recall f facts is receding and her speech is dd similar sounding words are spoken in place Whore Stories: A Revealing History of the World's Oldest Profession of the rightnes Based The Paper Wife on her clinical presentation and her MRI scan she s diagnosed with earlynset dementia but a few months later when the scan is repeated the abnormality hypoperfusion f brain tissue which led to her catastrophic medical labelling is no longer in evidence The neurologist verseeing the case is forced to walk back the diagnosis Lucy s behaviour is now to be viewed as an extreme response to bereavement and significant life changes Too late She has accepted the initial verdict and begun the descent into actual dementiaBenjamin explores a study f the ways in which input from medical professionals can drastically alter read limit patients perceptions f themselves and their capacities His awareness Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition of such studies may explain in part hiswn resistance to a diagnosis when he was a younger person Ultimately however his dysfunction catches up with him His professional approach can no longer be written مترو off as thatf a maverick It is clear that his behaviour is abnormal and his judgement dangerously compromised He is madFor the most part I found Benjamin s book a fascinating ne The mind behind it if disordered is nimble and capacious There are innumerable literary neurological psychological and pop culture references not all f which I comprehended I suspect if I reviewed this book The Windy Season on a different day I would highlight different sections and might even draw different conclusions about it That s how rich and stimulating it is I do wish the last 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 like to thank Net Galley and Penguin GroupDutton for providing me with a digital copyf this intense and challenging puzzle Oldies but Goodies of a bookRating 35 rounded up I checked some parenthetically no. Gins somewhere familiar – the consulting room – but ends somewhere utterly unexpectedThrough a seriesf intense encounters with minds A Month of Sundays on the brink it shows how fine the line is between strange behaviour and catastrophic illness between truth and fantasy Then it shows what it’s like to cross that line leaving a trailf destruction in ne’s wakeIt is a book about confronting the

This book is all f wonderful thought provoking and also very confusing I am still not sure I fully understand it Beneath the Jolly Roger or completely followed it perhaps that is the point When finished it almost feels like my mind is addled as much as the author s which could well be a signf how consuming the writing is and that this is written to make your thoughts and feels echo those Merzbook: The Pleasuredome of Noise of the author Really strange and interesting I did not like 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 through for 16Rarely do I trash a book in a review It was awful Presumably you the reader arebserving the author bserve himself as his life unfolds and a degenerative condition unravels his life The beginning f the book has a chapter per client for the reader to notice the author describe the symptoms Pig of the patient the difficultiesf the healthcare system the balance Scipio Rising (Scipio Africanus of trying to see the patient as human as they deteriorate It makes the reader awaref the difficulty f neuropsychology as pposed to talk therapy no worried well here And after about the first 6 we start to see the break down Rim of the Pit (Rogan Kincaid, of the author which erodes to workplace incompetence He is sent to therapy which seems to be absolutely no useDid the book make me intrigued Not at all Was I interested in the characters I began to see the author as very self serving an had no empathy for him by the endf the book Does this kind They Also Serve of thing happen to people with a degenerative mental illness Yes it does Is it tragic when thatccurs Yes it is I did not care about the author I flipped through the last pages The epilogue did not disclose the diagnosis r utcome It would have been better if I had donated the 16 to a go fund me for his after care No Time for Sergeants or for his children It was the worst book I have read all year I don t even want it in my bookcase Ick Ick I m tossing it into the Goodwill pile Ick What a wastef time I do not recommend the book Just brilliant and life changing AK Benjamin s Let Me Not Be Mad is a fascinating hybrid f a book In part a collection f case studies f patients with neurological problems it is also a rather slippery memoir an exploration f the doctor patient relationship and a critiue f Britain s National Health System Intense ironic sharply bserved allusive erudite and in places possibly pseudo scholarly the book demands a lot 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 medical professional A neuropsychologist apparently employed in the general neurology department Large Catechism of Martin Luther 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 varietyf reasons dementia epilepsy traumatic brain injury motor neurone disease and mental illnessDr Benjamin comes across as a capable deeply empathic diagnostician though Junior Jolt one whose approach to his work has seemingly been idiosyncratic and unconventional He meets patients for coffee and does Simultaneously a memoir a seriesf case studies a confession and a hall Ceux de la posie vcue of mirrors A K Benjamin’s Let Me Not Be Mad takes the readern a twisting psychological journey through madness love and self destructionA room with two people in it One f them is talking the ther is listening Both f them need helpWritten from a uniuely affecting and involved perspective this is a story that be.

Ted scholars and dates and couldn t find 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 f story told in a special kind Troublemaker:: One Man's Crusade Against China's Cruelty of way that continues to grown you long after you ve closed it for the last timeUntil you inevitably tireless: open it to read it again with a whole different perspective This is an absolute cracker Funny dark moving surreal and also very real I loved it The authorf this book is a neurologist Teach Them Spanish!, Grade 1 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 bookut Toque de Veludo of the library without ever having heardf it before Normally I check everything ut n Goodreads firstThe book is indeed structured like an Oliver Sacks book with chapter after chapter illustrating Dr Benjamin s interactions with his patients but he doesn t have Dr Sacks tidy storytelling style and my mind wandered uite a bit The comparison to RD Laing was uite apt though because he too is calling BS Kaleidoscope on himself and the whole diagnostic profession Those were my favorite parts so I coped down my favorite uotes Here goes1 Coy behavior begins early in development to elicit nurturance and reduce the possibilityf adult aggression 2 Doctors would always be the central characters in their The Four Racketeers own emergencies the patients just extras And my very favorite written about a patient with divine delusionsf himself 3 He wasn t the first bipolar ADHD narcissist addict whatever he was who had gone to town n his Higher Power Though I ve said this in ther reviews it applies here too 5 star gems Phantoms Monsters: Mysterious Encounters of wisdom amid a 3 star sometimes boring narrativeThe book took a dramatic and unexpected turn about three uartersf the way though I won t spoil it but I will say that it s about the author s personal life The events don t seem to be presented chronologically so I was confused by precisely what happened to him and I was relieved to find another Goodreader who felt the same The last chapter was a pleasant surprise though It wasn t at all the empathetic therapy I was expecting but I like itIf you are interested in the practice Smithereens of psychology this book is worth checkingut But I warn you it s a bit experimental in its The Book of Not Knowing: Exploring the True Nature of Self, Mind, and Consciousness organization It s meant to reflect the disordered jumblef a human mind which means the author is really showing and not telling but if you like a traditional narrative you might find the book hard to get through Written in dense muscular anarchic prose taking us deep inside the delirious fictionalised mind Dark Diversions of its author the book has the feelf a juggernaut relentlessly plowing towards the cliff face It s got a truly riginal and utterly uncompromising feel Occasionally you feel a bit like you re playing catch up but it is despite its confusing feel honest striking and at times savagely funny An utstanding Yamashita's Ghost: War Crimes, Macarthur's Justice, and Command Accountability original debut As urgent and compelling as it is profound Unmissable. Ruthf who we are and what we have done But it’s also about confronting the darkness in us all driving millions Mind of the Raven: Investigations and Adventures with Wolf-Birds of us to distraction and collapseIn pursuitf its author’s secrets you will be led through a hall f mirrors; a labyrinth f stories that pin you with their energy and emotionAlong the way you will discover that all too ften madness like beauty is in the eye f the behold.

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