Elyn Saks: A tale of mental illness from the inside

“Is it okay if I totally trash your office?” It’s a question Elyn Saks once asked her doctor, and it wasn’t a joke. A legal scholar, in 2007 Saks came forward with her own story of schizophrenia, controlled by drugs and therapy but ever-present. In this powerful talk, she asks us to see people with mental illness clearly, honestly and compassionately.

As a mental health law scholar and writer, Elyn Saks speaks for the rights of mentally ill people. It’s a gray area: Too often, society’s first impulse is to make decisions on their behalf. But it’s a slippery slope from in loco parentis to a denial of basic human rights. Saks has brilliantly argued for more autonomy — and in many cases for a restoral of basic human dignity.

In 2007, deep into her career, she dropped a bombshell–her autobiography, The Center Cannot Hold. In it, she reveals the depth of her own schizophrenia, now controlled by drugs and therapy. Clear-eyed and honest about her own condition, the book lent her new ammunition in the quest to protect the rights and dignity of the mentally ill.

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Dominique Radisson

Dominique Radisson écrit pour le plaisir de souffler des graines de mots dans les forêts de papier ou les ciels digitaux. Il est ou a été tour à tour poète, journaliste, écrivain, enseignant en arts martiaux (aïkido, taijiquan), en wutao et en art du souffle; entrepreneur, webmaster et graphiste. Attiré de très longue date par l'univers du corps, amoureux de la spiritualité, du Zen et du Tao, et passionné par l'exploration personnelle "occidentale" (Reich, Janov, Groff…).

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