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Surviving Madness

A Therapist's Own Story

Betty Berzon (author)

ISBN: 9780299176204

Publication Date: Apr 2002

Format: Hardback

In this volume, Betty Berzon tells the story of her journey from psychiatric patient on suicide watch to her role as a therapist and gay pioneer. She discusses her mental breakdown and suicide attempts, her hospitalization and recovery, and her own coming out as a lesbian at the age of 40.

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Betty Berzon, renowned psychotherapist and author of the bestselling book Permanent Partners, tells her own incredible story here. Berzon's journey from psychiatric patient on suicide watch - her wrists tethered to the bed rails in a locked hospital ward - to her present role as a groundbreaking therapist and gay pioneer makes for purely compelling reading. Berzon is recognized today as a trailblazing co-founder of a number of important lesbian and gay organizations and as one of the first therapists to focus on means of developing healthy gay relationships and overcoming homophobia. Along her sometimes bumpy road to success she encountered such luminaries as Anais Nin, Eleanor Roosevelt, the Sitwells, Evelyn Hooker, and Paul Monette. It is, however, the intimate story of Berzon's own private passage toward self-discovery - from mental breakdown and suicide attempts, through hospitalization, eventual triumphant recovery, and her own coming out as an open lesbian at the age of forty - that makes this memoir an urgent, insightful, and deeply emotional testament to human survival.


I loved it. Berzon does a terrific job of telling a rich, conflicted, and ultimately triumphant life story and setting it in the context of milestones in the history of the gay rights movement, a history that parallels her own growth. I was genuinely moved. - Joan Larkin, Living Out series editor "Identity crisis is too mild a phrase to do justice to that witless period of my life. I punished myself in the mirror of society's image of me. They were, in fact, right I thought. I was all wrong for this world." - Betty Berzon "Betty Berzon is a treasure to the gay civil rights movement, a pioneering therapist who has shown many the way in battling homophobia. Now, in Surviving Madness, we get a rich account of the fascinating journey of her own life, the remarkable people and places that punctuated it, and the war that raged inside her head within a culture that has often demonized homosexuality. It is an enthralling, instructive, and ultimately uplifting story." - Michelangelo Signorile, author of Queer in America and Life Outside
Illustrations 26 b&w photographs
Pages 250
Date Published 30 Apr 2002
Publisher The University of Wisconsin Press
Series Living Out: Gay and Lesbian Autobiographies
Subject/s Psychiatry   Psychotherapy   Abnormal psychology   Biography & True Stories   Gay & Lesbian studies  
Betty Berzon has been a psychotherapist for thirty years. A member of the American Psychological Association since 1964, she is author of several popular books, including Permanent Partners: Building Gay and Lesbian Relationships That Last and Setting Them Straight: You Can Do Something About Bigotry and Homophobia in Your Life.

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