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

Écrivain, poète, peintre, dessinateur, parolier et musicien ✻ Entrepreneur, créateur digital, web-developer et web-designer ✻ Enseignant d’arts martiaux (aïkido, taijiquan) et d’art du souffle ✻ Amoureux du zen, du taoïsme et de l’exploration de soi, particulièrement le courant bio-énergétique initié par Wilhelm Reich, la psychologie transpersonnelle (Stanislav Grof) et la thérapie primale (Arthur Janov) ✻ Passionné par tous les univers de l’enfance ✻ Père comblé de deux trésors, Naia et Roméo.

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