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The Resource Silent voices : people with mental disorders on the street, Robert L. Okin, MD

Silent voices : people with mental disorders on the street, Robert L. Okin, MD

Label
Silent voices : people with mental disorders on the street
Title
Silent voices
Title remainder
people with mental disorders on the street
Statement of responsibility
Robert L. Okin, MD
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"We avert our eyes when we meet them on the street: homeless mentally ill people with their hand-scrawled signs, shopping carts, and cardboard boxes. Because of the fear and refulsion they arouse in us, or the guilty relief we feel at our own relative good fortune, we fail to see-- no, insistently deny-- any human connection with them. Still, we're curious: How do these peole and up on the street and how do they survive the stress and privations of such a life? How do they brace themselves agasint the elements day after day? How do they cope with their frightening symptoms, their drug addictions, the paradoxical mix of extreme anger and mind-numbing boredom that characterizes their existence? What combination of biological vulnerabilities, traumatic childhoods, drugs, mental disorders, and financial devastation brought them down? And how do some manage, against all odds, to climb out of this desperate situation? Practicing psychiatrist, professor, and former commissioner of mental health Rober Okin spent two years on the street, meeting and photographing homeless individuals with mental illness to find answers to these questions. Gifted with a unique ability to connect with the people he met, Okin masterfully brings them to life through stories and images that are intimate and gritty. These accounts are not only intrinsically interesting, they help us reflect on why these troubled souls living on the periphery of society should matter to the rest of us: Because we share their humanity. Had things gone differently in our lives, their plight could have been our own. Moreover, how often have we looked back in history at instances of great human suffering and asked with outrage how they could have been allowed to happen? We are living in such a moment today. The phenomemon of homelessness is taking place in our time, on our streets, on our watch. But this is a book about hope, not just grief and despair. It challenges us to face the situation and do something about it, rather than simply look away." --P. [4] Cover
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YDXCP
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Okin, Robert L
Dewey number
362
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Mentally ill homeless persons
  • Homeless persons
Label
Silent voices : people with mental disorders on the street, Robert L. Okin, MD
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Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
232 pages
Isbn
9780996077705
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
photographs (chiefly color)
Label
Silent voices : people with mental disorders on the street, Robert L. Okin, MD
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
232 pages
Isbn
9780996077705
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
photographs (chiefly color)

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      41.772304 -88.151935
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