The Collected Schizophrenias by Esmé Weijun Wang

The Collected Schizophrenias

Powerful, affecting essays on mental illness, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and a Whiting AwardAn intimate, moving book written with the immediacy and directness of one who still struggles with the effects of mental and chronic illness, The Collected Schizophrenias cuts right to the core. Schizophrenia is not a single unifying diagnosis, and Esmé Weijun Wang writes not just to her fellow members of the "collected schizophrenias" ...

Details The Collected Schizophrenias

TitleThe Collected Schizophrenias
Release DateFeb 5th, 2019
PublisherGraywolf Press
GenreNonfiction, Writing, Essays, Autobiography, Memoir, Health, Mental Health, Psychology, Mental Illness

Reviews The Collected Schizophrenias

  • Hanna
    Harrowing. Intense. Illuminating. Powerful. In The Collected Schizofrenias, Esmé tells the story of her life with mental illness and Lyme disease. This feels like an intimate and honest look at what living with schizophrenia can be like. From psychosis to not being taken seriously by medical professionals, each page of this book offers insight into a world that isn't discussed enough. This will be a powerful nonfiction read in 2019.
  • Katie Long
    A collection of essays about Esme Weijun Wang’s experience living with, among other illnesses, schizoaffective disorder. It’s rare to read about schizophrenia from someone who lives with it, rather than someone who treats or studies these conditions. Her take on the way that patients with schizophrenia are often left out of decisions about their own treatment (which often prioritizes the safety of those around them, rather than the patient he...
  • Melissa
    An outstanding collection of essays about living with schizoaffective disorder and later chronic Lyme disease. Wang provides a glimpse into an existence that is harrowing at times but also so rich and filled with life. She writes about living with a “slippery brain” (a term taken from the last essay, “Beyond the Hedges”) and how to tether herself to reality. A must-read out in February 2019.
  • Janelle • She Reads with Cats
    Review to come
  • Andrew Unger
    Wang opens this tour de force collection with a recitation from the DSM V and a careful meditation on the importance and impact of such deliberate categorizations of subjective mental instabilities. Primarily, Wang focuses on the lack of context given to patients on the purlieus of schizophrenia, those living with the sometimes more devastating diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder. With each essay — case studies of her own life juxtaposed agai...
  • Lupita Reads
    Captivating & essential collection of essays. Thankful to Wang for sharing her story with readers.
  • Hannah Fenster
    “Schizophrenia terrifies,” warns the first line of The Collected Schizophrenias. Then, despite this caution, it proceeds. Such conviction quickly becomes a pattern over the course of the collection: See the difficult thing. Face it anyway. With profound compassion and curiosity, Esmé Weijun Wang displays her uncanny ability to write in multiple dimensions, using research, memoir, and pop culture to gather the pieces of a conversation that of...
  • Sarah
    One of the areas in which I am underread is first-person, own voices mental illness narratives. Part of the reason for that is how few of those narratives there are in the world, especially that don’t focus purely on depression. It’s not that depression isn’t a serious and important illness (one with which I myself grapple), but the brain, the mind, is the most complicated space in the universe, and there’s more to its health and illness ...
  • Sachi Argabright
    THE COLLECTED SCHIZOPHRENIAS is a collection of essays featuring Wang’s experiences living with chronic and mental illness. In these open and honest essays, Wang explains that schizophrenia isn’t an easily identifiable disease to diagnose, and also discusses her own path to being diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. In essays that range from common misconceptions about mental illness to her intimate experiences living with the disease, Wa...
  • Michael Smith
    This is a powerful and important book by a courageous writer willing to share her personal struggles. I come from a family with mental illness, and this book hit home on many levels. Strongly recommended.
  • Katy
    This intimate and harrowing look at the author’s schizoaffective disorder is a raw and complex read, and it’s honestly difficult to get through— I had to put it down and step away a few times before coming back to it. Wang writes about her experiences in detail, and her wrenching essays are essential for anyone interested in psychology. That said, I did find the first essay a bit too dense and jargon-y for someone like me who isn’t well-e...
  • Julia
    This collection of essays is a true gift. Esmé Weijun Wang chronicles her own diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder and in so doing gives us a generous look at a very misunderstood condition. This is a moving look at mental illness from the viewpoint of the diagnosed rather than the one doing the diagnosing, with important lessons for all of us on how to treat others dealing with diagnoses laden with stigma.
  • Jaime
    I wish I could have given this 2.5 stars, but instead, I rounded down. I wanted to love this, but it fell flat for me.
  • Leslie
    Essential reading for the twenty-first century.
  • David
    Interesting essays. Intelligent and rigorous. Well done.