Voluntary Madness: My Year Lost and Found in the Loony Bin

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Norah Vincent

Narrated By: Tavia Gilbert

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: January 2009

Duration: 9 hours 5 minutes


Norah Vincent's Self-Made Man ended on a harrowing note. Suffering from severe depression after her eighteen months living disguised as a man, Vincent felt she was a danger to herself. On the advice of her psychologist she committed herself to a mental institution. Vincent's journey takes her from a big-city hospital to a facility in the Midwest and finally to an upscale retreat down south, as she analyzes the impact of institutionalization on the unwell, the tyranny of drugs as treatment, and the dysfunctional dynamics between caregivers and patients.

"Vincent's discussions of daily life, treatment approaches, observations of patients and staff, and commentary on the over-reliance of medication and the nature of mental illness itself are fresh and valuable."-Library Journal