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Balter, Marie and Richard Katz

Published by Balter Institute (1987)

First Edition

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From: Military History Bookshop (BROOKS, ME, U.S.A.)

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About this Item: Balter Institute, 1987. Softcover. Condition: Good. First Edition. Vi, [2], 182 pages, wrappers, ex-library with usual library markings otherwise very good. First edition, scarce. From the back cover: This vivid account of Marie Balter's long illness and recovery is in the tradition of earlier narratives, such as Beers' A Mind That Found Itself, Sechehaye's Autobiography of a Schizophrenic Girl, and Greenberg's I Never Promised You a Rose Garden. Her story illuminates some of the more contemporary problems of diagnosis and psychiatric treatment. The most important message, however, is the extraordinary example of her return to health from a seemingly hopeless state of permanent mental illness. " From the New York Times of November 27, 1988: "A woman who was misdiagnosed and kept in a state mental hospital for more than 15 years has returned to the hospital as a full-time administrator. She has earned a master's degree at Harvard. Marie Balter was 16 and clinically depressed when she was diagnosed as schizophrenic and sent to Danvers State Hospital. She was released in 1966 and went back to school; she has since then worked with psychiatric patients, given lectures around the country, and written an autobiography. She was born in Boston to an alcoholic mother and was adopted by a couple in Gloucester who disciplined her harshly, sometimes locking her in the cellar. Increasingly depressed, she was institutionalized in 1947 with symptoms that included muscle spasms, choking, hyperventilation and hallucinations. Mrs. Balter said she later learned she had suffered from a form of depression and panic disorder, not schizophrenia. ~ Two years ago a television movie about her experiences, ''Nobody's Child, '' aired and since then Mrs. Balter has lectured nationwide. Her book, ''Sing No Sad Songs, '' was finished last year and she has marketed it herself to raise money for the Balter Institute, a nonprofit community mental health training center. " NR99B; Ex-Library; 182 pages. Seller Inventory # 24516

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