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    I didn't set out to do this but I have inadvertently created a forum that allowed the psychologically afflicted medicated or self medicated t

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    Life changing heart breaking importantThe mentally ill are so often seen by the society as walking diagnoses Doherty's book the stories of real people behind the diagnosis of schizophrenia is extremely unusual in its appr

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    The Ghost Garden reminded me of another recently read good book The Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksSusan Doherty's The Ghos

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    I loved this book I normally prefer reading fiction as I normally find non fiction dry The Ghost Garden was anything but The story was gripping and very well written filled with metaphors and perfectly chosen words I learned much about the terrible disease of schizophrenia but never felt I was being lectured to I

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    Susan Doherty's The Ghost Garden offers wonderful insights into the lives of people suffering from mental illness and does so in a way that does not demean them or devalue their humanity If anything Doherty elev

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    Having just finished this amazing book I am so overcome with sadness that I cannot put my thoughts together to write a review at this moment I will highly recommend to all

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    I sat down to read The Ghost Garden with anticipation here I was about to invite a new set of characters into my life and they in turn about to invite me into theirs What I did not anticipate is how much these characters would reflect different parts of me I have been Isabel Arthur Rosalind Ian and when I was much younger there's a part of me that was Caroline Who hasn’t experienced Isabel’s fear when con

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    Note I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review I read this book primarily as a way to do research for my own book a science fiction novel with a main character sent to a state

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    I read this book in one sitting which I rarely do Aside from the fact that it's compelling gripping and absolutely 'unputdownable' it also stirred emotions that have stayed with me long after I finished it In both my work and my personal life I spend a lot of time with people with severe mental health challenges; Susan's

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    What an extraordinary book Susan's compassion generosity and warmth for these tortured souls and their families is evident throughout The stories are sad at best and nightmarish at worst Yet Susan's insistence on hope and human touch save the book from utter despair Very glad I read this

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A rare work of narrative non fiction that illuminates a world most of us try not to see the daily lives of the severely mentally ill who are medicated marginalized locked away and shunned Susan Doherty's groundbreaking book brings us a population of lost souls ill served by society feared shunted from locked wards to rooming houses to the streets to jail and back again For the past ten years some of the people who cycle in and out of the severely ill wards of the Douglas Institute in Montreal have found a friend in Susan who volunteers on the ward and then follows her friends out into the world as they struggle to get I didn t set out to do this but I have inadvertently created a forum that allowed the psychologically afflicted medicated or self medicated the walking wounded to voice their truths Those who are ignored and stepped around on the streets the homeless who cycle in and out of wards and through rooming houses are hardly seen as human and are left to wander in a ghost garden an interior haven where emotional pain can be suppressed In 2009 after author Susan Doherty spent months researching the history of mental Double Jeopardy us try not to see the daily lives of the severely mentally ill who are medicated marginalized locked away and shunned Susan Doherty's groundbreaking book brings Einsteins Generation us a population of lost souls ill served by society feared shunted from locked wards to rooming houses to the streets to jail and back again For the past ten years some of the people who cycle in and out of the severely ill wards of the Douglas Institute in Montreal have found a friend in Susan who volunteers on the ward and then follows her friends out into the world as they struggle to get I didn t set out to do this but I have inadvertently created a forum that allowed the psychologically afflicted medicated or self medicated the walking wounded to voice their truths Those who are ignored and stepped around on the streets the homeless who cycle in and out of wards and through rooming houses are hardly seen as human and are left to wander in a ghost garden an interior haven where emotional pain can be suppressed In 2009 after author Susan Doherty spent months researching the history of mental

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Ld save her roommate from the devil by pouring boiling water into her ear Susan interleaves Caroline's story with vignettes about her other friends human stories that reveal their hopes their circumstances their personalities their humanity She's found that if she can hang in through the first ten to fifteen minutes of every coffee date with someone in the grip of psychosis then true communication results Their madness is not otherworldly instead it tells us something about how they're surviving their lives and what they've been through The Ghost Garden is not only touching but carries a cargo of compassion and empath I read this book in one sitting which I rarely do Aside from the fact that it s compelling gripping and absolutely unputdownable it also stirred emotions that have stayed with me long after I finished it In both my work and my personal life I spend a lot of time with people with severe mental health challenges Susan s perspective has made me look beyond their illnesses to their selves I also applaud the Evans family for their courage in telling their story This is a Tour de Force do not miss it Doctors, Ambassadors, Secretaries us something about how they're surviving their lives and what they've been through The Ghost Garden is not only touching but carries a cargo of compassion and empath I read this book in one sitting which I rarely do Aside from the fact that it s compelling gripping and absolutely Engendering Song unputdownable it also stirred emotions that have stayed with me long after I finished it In both my work and my personal life I spend a lot of time with people with severe mental health challenges Susan s perspective has made me look beyond their illnesses to their selves I also applaud the Evans family for their courage in telling their story This is a Tour de Force do not miss it

CHARACTERS ã PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ Susan Doherty

Through their days With their full cooperation she brings us their stories which challenge the ways we think about people with mental illness on every page The spine of the book is the life of Caroline Evans not her real name a woman in her early sixties whom Susan has known since she was a bright and sunny school girl Caroline has given Susan complete access to her medical files and her court records; through her we experience what living with schizophrenia over time is really like She has been through it all including the way the justice system treats the severely mentally ill at one point she believed that she cou Having just finished this amazing book I am so overcome with sadness that I cannot put my thoughts together to write a review at this moment I will highly recommend to all