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5.0 out of 5 stars "We read to know we're not alone", 15 April 2005
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This review is from: Welcome to My Country (Hardcover)
This is an extremely insightful book. It is hard to imagine anyone who had not suffered from OCD or depression writing about the experience with anything approaching the accuracy of this. Lauren Slater's style is both honest and unapologetic. It is easy to read and yet conveys very well life on this drug both good and bad. She is particularly good on the mental wrangles on authenticity of self and the idea of Prozac as a steroid for the mind that I for one recognise. This is the perfect embodiment of the quote 'we read to know we are not alone' and I would recommend this to anyone taking Prozac if you want to better understand your journey. Psychologists/counsellors and Prozac-prescribers should definitely read it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent example of literary non-fiction, 27 Jun 2008
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'Welcome to my country' is the fascinating story of a young psychiatrist at the start of her career, narrating her account of her encounters with a number of different clients.

Lauren Slater's writing is beautifully captivating; she mixes psychological theory with her own reflective experience to create a fascinating acocunt that breaks down the barriers in our understanding of the terms 'doctor' and 'patient' and challenges our view of mental illness and recovery.

Going back into her personal history, the book's ending is absolutely fantastic, as it fully explains the author's personal troubled journey through to the other side of mental health. An excellent read for anyone interested in the social sciences, medicine, or just in challenging and questioning their own sanity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An extraordinary fusion of imagination, poetic language and technical knowledge, 9 Feb 2011
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Lauren Slater is a psychologist who obviously enjoys a colourful turn of phrase. In Welcome to My Country, she recounts her experiences of working at a clinic in Boston alongside the schizophrenic, the chronically depressed, the sociopathic, and the otherwise troubled. She positively revels in vivid description, describing one patient as having 'skin the color of deep coal', another as having a spine 'standing out like a string of pearls', and yet another as having a 'voice as bleak as a British moor'. This very much underlines the fact that this is not a textbook containing dispassionate case histories, but an experiential account of engaging with mentally and emotionally disturbed individuals.

As Slater's story unfolds it becomes apparent that she is remarkably successful in entering into the worlds of her patients - even when those worlds remain stubbornly unintelligible. She comes to empathise with her patients, even when initially revolted by some of their characteristics. This is a very striking aspect of the story, especially given her admission of how little confidence she often has in formally understanding her patients' needs. Slater's strength (and her vulnerability) seems to lie in her ability to empathise. Indeed, aspects of her patients' stories stir up personal memories and emotions for her, forcing her to confront certain aspects of herself.

What is so disarming about this book - and what only gradually becomes apparent - is that Slater is personally familiar with psychological torment. It is this which finally gives contextual meaning to the entire book in an exquisitely moving final chapter.

Welcome to My Country is a beautifully written memoir, expressing well-informed insight through a fusion of imagination, poetic language and technical knowledge. An extraordinary book.
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