Cake Theory, The


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The Root Cause of Mental Illness as Discovered by a Patient.
By Alessandro Prian

ISBN: 978-1-84747-003-4
Published: 2006
Pages: 97
Key Themes: anti-psychiatry, autobiography, humour, comic strips, history of theory of mental illness


Never far from controversy, The Cake Theory is a fascinating autobiography and critique of current thinking on mental illness. Alessandro sets out to find the root cause of his own, and then other peoples, mental ill health with often humorous and surprising results. Prian writes with sensitivity, maturity, vigour, intelligence and brilliant comedy in an enlightening, refreshing and intriguing fashion.

About the Author

Having a history of mental illness and being diagnosed with manic depression I feel it only right that I contribute with my own ideas on mental health. I call my idea The Cake Theory, this is because schizophrenia and other mental disorders have more than one contributing factor and there are a variety of ingredients needed to develop it just as there are a number of ingredients that make up a cake.

3 reviews for Cake Theory, The

  1. S. Richards (verified owner)

    I found this book to be different to what I imagined, but in a good way.

    The book is a mixture of factual information as well as providing a fun and easy to understand prospective from an author who has experienced mental illness first hand. The book definately got me thinking about the various factors that could contribute to mental illness which I hadn’t considered before. Well worth reading.

  2. Paul Hackwoth (verified owner)

    Very interesting book with lots of information. Very easy to understand. I like the fact that he doesn’t get caught up on one particular subject but looks at a range of issues including environment, peoples belief systems, the affects of stress on the body, drugs, feelings of guilt and even sexual topics

  3. Stephen Habel (verified owner)

    This book is a superb read. I especially like the comics, personal story, and history of mental illness. The latter made me aware of my roots like never before. Very interesting read.

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