Mind Without a Home: A Memoir of Schizophrenia (Paperback)
Virgie's Staff Pick (September 2013): I have often wondered what it is like in the mind of a person with Schizophrenia. Author Kristina Morgan takes us inside her head to experience the chaos and fragmented thinking she endured. Written in the form of a private journal-like entry, she leads us from her childhood to her teen years when hallucinations began to hijack her mind and into adulthood where she began abusing alcohol to temper the punishing voices that only she could hear.
After reading this brutally honest memoir, I can only begin to understand this affliction. It is amazing how one can survive day after day, unable to distinguish between one’s inner nightmares and the everyday realities that most of us take for granted. The resources and support systems she learned to use have helped her to find relative peace and stability while managing her chronic illness. Very interesting!— From Virgie's Picks
This book brings readers straight inside the tortuous nature of the disease of schizophrenia, chronicled in short, journal-like chapters that narrate the author's incredible story. Experience the inner world of a woman with schizophrenia in this brutally honest, lyrical memoir.Have you ever wondered what it is like in the mind of a person with schizophrenia? How can one survive day after day unable to distinguish between one's inner nightmares and the everyday realities that most of us take for granted?In her brutally honest, highly original memoir, Kristina Morgan takes us inside her head to experience the chaos, fragmented thinking, and the startling creativity of the schizophrenic mind. With the intimacy of private journal-like entries and the language of a poet, she carries us from her childhood to her teen years when hallucinations began to hijack her mind and into adulthood where she began abusing alcohol to temper the punishing voices that only she could hear.This is no formulaic tale of tragedy and triumph: We feel Kristina's hope as she pursues an education and career and begins to build strong family connections, friendships and intimacy-and her devastation as the insistent voices convince her to throw it all away, destroying herself and alienating everyone around her. Woven through the pages of her life are stories of recovery from alcoholism and the search for her sexual identity in relationships with both women and men. Eventually, her journey takes her to a place of relative peace and stability where she finds the inner resources and support system to manage her chronic illnesses and live a fulfilling life.
About the Author
Kristina Morgan is a first-time author, living in Arizona with her life partner. She is currently working, and managing her co-occurring disorders, schizophrenia and alcoholism, with medication and Twelve Step recovery.