“No One Cares About Crazy People” by Ron Powers

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No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America by Ron Powers takes a look at the state of mental healthcare in America vis-à-vis his family’s experience with mental illness.

While some of the information (because it’s not just a memoir) such as the history of abuse in mental institutions and how deinstitutionalization of mental patients led to homelessness was fascinating, but I don’t need to know what studies have to say about deinstitutionalization, for example.

Because of this type of data, I began losing interest and found the book mostly boring. The chapters that discuss an aspect of mental healthcare were filled with facts and figures, none of which interested me. So I skimmed those chapters and only read the ones about the author’s 2 schizophrenic sons, and how the parents dealt with the illness. They both paid close attention to their kids’ behavior and mental states, good and bad.

No One Cares About Crazy People is informational, but what I found particularly interesting is the family’s story in relation to mental illness. I’m more interested in the human side of things rather than facts and figures. It’s not a bad book; I just didn’t like it. I’d say it’s worth a read, especially if you want to school yourself about mental healthcare in the U.S.

For a more in-depth review of this book, check out Mental Health @ Home.

5 thoughts on ““No One Cares About Crazy People” by Ron Powers

  1. I guess sometimes people try to support their experience with facts and figures, fearing that it might not be taken seriously otherwise. They might also want to put it into context. I agree though that I would rather hear someone’s experience on its own, and then maybe if there’s an appendix to the book, or a chapter on the state of mental health in America etc., I can read it or skip it.

  2. Yeah, it was definitely heavy on the history and facts/figures, and the way it’s written it’s hard to skip over those parts and just read the family’s story.

  3. I dont think I’d like it either, just bc its full of figures, I am also interested in the human side of mental illness, and in a memoir i like to hear the authors own perspective. xo

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