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The Pits and the Pendulum


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Not A Survivor's Guide. Prologue. 1. Legoland and Holes in the Head - Mania. 2. The Pits - Depression. 3. Lost in Fife - The Beginning. 4. Flaming Buckets - Seventies Psychiatric Hospital I. 5. Pay and Free Uniform - Seventies Psychiatric Hospital II. 6. Talking to God - Suicide. 7. Christopher Columbus, David Livingstone and Me - Work. 8. One of Us - Famous Manic-Depressives. 9. Babes in my Moods - Paranoia. 10. Not Work, Not Working - Breakdown. 11. Sideways Through the Torphins HaLF-edj - Ambulance Journey. 12. Pantiled Peep Show - Modern Psychiatric Hospital Building. 13. Psychos! Acute Psychiatric Ward. 14. Tack Short of a Fitted Carpet - Synonyms. 15. The Last Time I Saw Linda - Electroconvulsive Therapy. 16. Sweet Violets - The Psychotherapist. 17. Sweating it out with the Professionals - Doctors and Nurses. 18. ...and Mopped up by the System - Hospital Appearances. 19. Concessionville - Getting Around. 20. Show Folks - Social Wipeout. 21. The Choir Lady - Making Things Worse. 22. Only a Salt - Prescription Drugs. 23. Another Way of Being - Something to Celebrate?

About the Author

Brian Adams first trained as a baker, then worked in youth and community services for many years.


Brian's memoir is in large part an effort to recoup some of his losses by making sense of them and contributing something to the rest of us...He has succeeded in what he set out to do. He has shown us that he is a credible witness and he has articulated some important realities about mental health...HE exhibits an awesome combination of honesty, compassion and determination to continue living in spite of it all. -- Metapsychology

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