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Cracking Up : My Experiences of Schizophrenia [Kindle Edition]

Deirdre Geraghty
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Book Description


I have tried to portray the time leading up to my schizophrenia and the experience of psychosis. I have described how I felt in the world of psychiatry especially in relation to the use of cannabis and the never-ending nightmare of long-term heavy use of medication. I have tried to explore my fears, which are usually buried in ones subconscious but come to the fore with this illness. Deirdre Geraghty

About the Author

Deirdre Geraghty was born in the 1950s in South London, she was the fourth of six children born to Irish immigrant parents. Deirdre describes herself as a 1960s free thinker but the 1970s brought a responsible job and marriage to a director of 'Private Eye' magazine. By the 1980s he was out of work and Deirdre was pregnant. She found employment two years later which led to psychiatric hospital and schizophrenia. This was put down to cannabis use and followed by 5 years of psychosis and a divorce. Deirdre and her son moved to Norwich where she spent many years rocking back and forth heavily medicated. She has only recently woken up.

Book Extract

Things started to happen. My husband started whispering with his friend. They would giggle over the 'phone and he told me about the girl he fancied in the Baker shop. He would go to the pub after work and play darts and leave me to it.

Things started to happen at work. People started to be behaving strangely. And my head started to feel like an over-used switchboard. As though all the lines were busy and calls waiting. I could feel, almost hear all the thought of the others around me. I could feel them all thinking about me. As though they were directing thoughts towards me, pushing me, testing me. Can I cope? Of course I will cope, I thought. I must be strong. I will pass this test. I thought I must be telepathic as I can hear all these thoughts being directed towards me.

My husband seemed to be doing the same thing. They must all be in it together. What's going on? I have never experienced anything like this before but I have to keep this job and my home if I am going to bring up the child on my own. Everything seemed to turn into task, I felt I had to pass all sorts of test and then I would no longer be an outsider.....I would be included, accepted. No longer put through all of this. I just had to remain calm and strong and work out what was going on and all this would stop.

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Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 30 KB
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Chipmunkapublishing (2 Nov. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002YK44WY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #103,878 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very moving and honest account. 30 Oct. 2011
By M. Lea
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The subject of mental illness is a very sensitive one, and this author approaches it with dignity and courage. I wish her all the best, and hope she takes pride in the fact that she has done a great service in opening up this subject to others. Her honesty about her own experiences is refreshing, and I feel that students of psychiatry should read this in order to learn how schizophrenia feels, not just what it looks like.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A moving short tale 26 Jan. 2013
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A moving short tale of one woman's battle against schizophrenia. It tells her story of what her thought pattern was, and what happened to her. The book took me about half an hour to read, and it made me feel quite ad for her. The book could of been far longer and more in depth, giving a greater feel of this disease, but at least it gives you some insight. I only hope that she is now happy in her life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The author has clearly gone to great lengths in writing this book.
What follows is a gracefully articulated account of a single mother's journry into insanity. This is a fascinating read and an absolute must-have for anyone caring for a friend or relative with mental health issues.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courageous 21 Aug. 2012
By chris b
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Thank you Deirdre for putting your experience of Schizophrenia down on paper for others to read. It goes a long way to helping me understand my daughter, who also has Schizophrenia. Your a very courageous lady! God Bless
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you 25 Mar. 2013
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This book has now been read by myself and my teenage daughter and I will be recommending it to all my friends. My older brother has Schizophrenia and I have written a paper on the subject whilst at Uni. Such a misunderstood illness. Thank you Deirdre, I wish you good health and be proud of your book which must have been painful to write.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightened 3 Feb. 2014
I appreciate the candid insight given about the condition which allows me to emphathise with people suffering through this agonising illness. I hope the author manges to achieve a quality of life that brings her some happiness.
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