By Camille Gold
Key Themes: fiction, satire, mental health system, trauma, schizophrenia, religion
My book is about someone suffering a mental breakdown after witnessing a traumatic experience. What that experience is isnt clear until the end but the effects are that the protagonist gets locked up and put on medication, and treated by Drs and nurses of questionable intentions. It describes good as well as bad aspects of the schizophrenic state, some of the voices being welcome and providing insight and wisdom. It outlines his frustration with his treatment and his struggles in relation to God, how he copes with his imprisonment and how it changes him.
About the Author
My experience of mental institutions and having a diagnosis of schizophrenia have been drawn upon, but have been made into a fantasy story so they are not entirely factual. I have been hospitalised about 9 times in the last 10 years and have found the experience devastating; similar to being imprisoned or taken hostage. I have found the solution to be the Christian virtues of suffering patiently, being thankful that it is not worse and forgiving the Drs and nurses. I have found my life stripped bare and the meaning of life in Jesus Christ to be the one thing remaining.