PositiveThe Times Literary Supplement (UK)A leading figure in the history of psychiatry, Scull is obviously passionate about the unhelpful directions psychiatry has taken ... nods toward green shoots of progress in neuroscience and genetics, but there’s no doubt, as Scull makes clear, that psychiatry in the US and the UK needs to up its game in response to increasing levels of psychiatric illness. He doesn’t mention other new and promising frontiers, such as research by Skip Rizzo on alleviating post-traumatic stress disorder with Virtual Reality, or Professor Celia Morgan’s research on the use of ketamine to help alcohol relapse, or the work of the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies. Even so, Scull’s history remains a vital rallying cry.
RaveThe Times Literary Supplement (UK)Cho’s entry into her particular Hell is mediated for the reader by the book’s narrative structure. She moves between memories – shifting and incomplete – of her twelve days in a New Jersey psychiatric ward and those of her life ... Capturing the onset and the experience of delusion in writing must be difficult, but Cho manages to do so with exquisitely weighted prose that compels you to empathize rather than strain to understand. This is a courageous and powerful book about a subject that calls for more conversation and research.