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Against All Odds Rising Above Schizophrenia

Author Name: DR. LAVANYA SESHASAYEE | Format: Paperback | Genre : Biographies & Autobiographies | Other Details

DR. LAVANYA SESHASAYEE’s CONTROVERSIAL, CREATIVE, LITERARY, AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL BOOK ON MENTAL HEALTH exploring the current psychiatric, psychological, feminist, sociological, cultural, political, legal, spiritual, religious, user-survivor, self-advocacy, spiritual and literary aspects of mental health in India and across the globe, is an account of a woman’s fight to regain her sanity by turning a naysaying patriarchal social-environment and professional mental health establishment on its head. This is a story of extraordinary courage too. Of limitless hope. And love.   

How is ADITI VAIDYANATHAN, a young intelligent teenager unwittingly pushed into the black-hole of chronic psychosis? 

How does Aditi deal with betrayal by her brother-BOBBY (a Hitler-fan) and a crafty-snake-slithery-girl – SWARNAKANTHA, in the neighborhood who craves to obtain a feeling of significance by resorting to devious means of preventing Aditi from studying since she knows she isn’t half as smart as ADITI is? How does jealous aunt SRI VALLI manipulate Aditi in the ‘FAMILY COURT SESSION’ that compels Aditi to earn a living by doing chores at home despite the fact that Aditi is an academic-rank-holder? How will Aditi, totally re-conceptualize Schizophrenia by which she is affected as a result? Will she die a civil death or fight back to create a better world? And how does she – a FAILURE IN 12TH GRADE, manage to operationalize a romantic relationship (with MR. ROHIT - a brilliant, handsome-tall, software-engineer working for Hewlett-Packard) IN THE MIDST OF ALL THIS CHAOS? And what happens much later?  

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DR. LAVANYA SESHASAYEE is the founder of the Global Women’s Recovery Movement [GWRM] that primarily helps women with Schizophrenia and Depression reclaim their lost lives, has been a BBC-Radio Interviewee and was the only funded scholar from India to be a Global Mental Health Fellow in 2009 September. She has been a Women’s Mental Health Specialist, Controversial Literary Writer, Creative-Thinker, Activist, Self-Advocate, Fulbright-Finalist while doing PhD, Bapu Trust Fellow, BALM Fellow, VOICES (NUIG) FELLOW having immense experience for over a decade in the Mental Health Field. 

She is INDIA’S FIRST RECOVERY-SPECIALIST WHO’S USED SEVERAL INNOVATIONS to tackle problems in mental health. Her podcast series titled ‘EXPLORING RECOVERY WITH DR LAVANYA SESHASAYEE’ has attracted many listeners globally.