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If you enjoy psychology, crime fiction, a good story, and forensics, this is a must-read book. Sober, riveting, and at times humorous, they are full of surprises. The book provides so much to learn no matter how much you already know about psychology and human behavior. The stories are rich, vibrant, surprising, and most importantly, human.
His consistently humane, attentive, and self-reflective narrative provides the key to unlocking our greater understanding and compassion—essential traits for the crucial endeavor of offering the help and hope these people desperately need. Rubinstein is a brilliant storyteller who entertains and educates the reader in an empathic and compelling fashion. In doing so, he skillfully helps dispel the mystery and fear that paralyzes the mind of the uninitiated.
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How was it possible for a man wearing a straitjacket to commit suicide within a locked psychiatric ward while in Why would a man born in Hungary and living on Manhattan's Lower East Side run down Delancey Street ranting "I'm king of the Puerto Ricans"? How was it possible for a man wearing a straitjacket to commit suicide within a locked psychiatric ward while in the company of a well-trained guard?
Though these and the other stories in this volume read like fiction, each is true. Former practicing psychiatrist Mark Rubinstein opens the door and takes the reader deep into the world of mental illness. From the chaos of a psychiatric emergency room to the bowels of a maximum security prison, the stories range from bizarre to poignant and the people from noble to callously uncaring.
Bedlam's Door depicts the challenges mental illness poses for patients, their families, health-care professionals, and society. More importantly, it demystifies the subject while offering real hope. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Other Editions 1. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Bedlam's Door , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jan 29, Petal X Planet rated it it was ok Shelves: reviews , read , psycho-neurology-crime , reviewed. The first story, King of the Puerto Ricans, was an excellent intro to the book. He had been in Auschwitz, the only surviving member of his family, and not until he could no longer work due to injury, did the PTSD hit home.
It put me in mind of Primo Levi , the Nobel-prize winning author of Survival in Auschwitz who committed suicide 40 years after the camp too. I suppose the horrors of such a time, The first story, King of the Puerto Ricans, was an excellent intro to the book. I suppose the horrors of such a time, and knowing that your family have all been murdered by the Nazis, eventually catches up with you.
Beyond Bedlam's Door - True Tales from the Couch and Courtroom (Paperback)
But not everyone. Years ago, my mother used to voluntary work in old age homes and I used to go along sometimes. There was a lady, Dolly, she was 90 and very fit. She used to wear a lot of makeup and the lipstick and blue eye-shadow were often smeared. She was after men! She was as cheery as they come and when I asked her why she didn't stay in with the other residents, she said, "If I don't do this now, when will I?
I didn't have the opportunity when I was young. The rest of the book was meh. The stories were told like the telling of a very long-winded joke that you get bored with until the punch line and then you think, 'all that just led up to that. The patients and their problems chosen weren't interesting to me, and the writing was as ordinary as it comes. The tales in this volume about people with mental illnesses read like fiction—just like the blurb says. After three crime thriller novels and a couple of novellas here comes his first non-fiction work. Mark Rubinstein is a trained psychiatrist and in this capacity had worked in clinics as well as operated a private practice.
He had appeared in court as an expe The tales in this volume about people with mental illnesses read like fiction—just like the blurb says. He had appeared in court as an expert on psychiatric and psychological issues and authored forensic assessments after meeting defendants in prison. A book intended for laypeople about those illnesses can easily become a tedious matter when overloaded with medical jargon or written by someone who simply cannot write.
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Fortunately, this is not the case here. While the story-parts could very well serve as a nucleus for longer, fictional, stories, the afterthoughts are necessary too in my opinion. The most interesting tales for me where the ones in which the author had to appear in court as an expert witness. In it the author wraps up and provides a rather short history of how mental illnesses had been dealt with in the past. This book should help to de-stigmatize mental illnesses and see them for what they are.
The brain is an amazing thing that does not always act like it should. Rubinstein explores some of the various mental illnesses he has treated through case studies. He has had a long career and the stories seem to span his entire career.
Mental illness is a serious issue that poses a threat to public health. Although the treatment of some mental illnesses have seemed to advan "Bedlam's Door" is a non-fiction book that focuses on stories from Mark Rubinstein's career as a psychiatrist. Although the treatment of some mental illnesses have seemed to advance over the years, Rubinstein points out that there is still a long way to go in order to fully understand some mental illnesses and treat them effectively.
The case studies in this book from people dealing with severe depression to schizophrenia. One of the case studies that pulled me in the most was about a woman who was convinced that there was something wrong with her and got doctors to conduct multiple surgeries on her when there really was not anything wrong.
This woman had lost a twin when she was very young and that even had affected her in such a way that it channeled into her perceiving herself to be in massive pain all of the time. I can't imagine going through such a The writing of the book was enjoyable. There were some sections of the book that could have been scaled down more as they got very wordy and delved into the telling, rather than showing realm.
I liked how the chapters were broken down by case study, which made it very easy to follow the book! Oct 26, Shannon Mrsreadsbooks rated it really liked it Shelves: arc-review-copies , , non-fiction , memoir-true-story. Though these and these and the other stories in this volume read like fiction, each is true.
From the chaos of a psychiatric emergency room to a maximum security prison, the stories range from bizarre to poignant and the people from noble to callously uncaring. Bedlam's Door depicts the challenges mental illness poses for patients, their families, health-care professionals and society.
The book is broken down into 14 case studies, followed by a glossary of terms, which would be helpful for anyone who isn't familiar with mental illness or psychology. Most of the case studies begin when the patient is admitted or the first time that the author meet them.
He then briefly explains what is going on with them and the chapter proceeds to explaining more about the situation or person, while giving dialogue from conversations. Each case study ends with an afterward, where the author explains a bit more about the individual and the mental illness they were suffering from.