LIFE OF THE MIND INTERRUPTED: Essays on Mental Health and Disability in Higher Education

 

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About LIFE OF THE MIND INTERRUPTED:

Read the #1 Amazon bestseller that tackles mental illness with a “refreshing and raw honesty.”

Early in her career, Katie Pryal learned that being a professor isn’t easy if your brain isn’t quite right.

“I was a junior in college when I finally realized that I was different in a way that my medically inclined parents would call ‘clinical.’”

In these deeply personal, fiery essays, Pryal tells her story of transformation that began the moment she chose to publicly disclose her own mental illness and leave her career in higher education to begin fighting for a better world for people with psychiatric disabilities. The stories she tells are universal: the fear of stigma, the fight for accommodations, and the raw reality of living with mental illness in a world that pushes mental health to the margins.

People carelessly call each other “schizo” and “bipolar.” A colleague is fired for “instability.” Pryal learned that, as a psychiatrically disabled person working in higher education, her very livelihood could be stripped away by the groundless suspicions of others.

But the problem persists beyond academia.

With candor and grace, these essays discuss the disclosure of disabilities, accommodations and accessibility, how to be a good abled friend to a disabled person, the trigger warnings debate, and more. While harrowing at times, Pryal’s story is ultimately one of hope. With this memoir, she aims to make higher education—and all of our society—more humane.

“Pryal writes with a refreshing and raw honesty.” New York Times bestselling author Kate Moretti

“Pryal’s wit and humor shine through even as she tackles harrowing subjects, like living with depression and suicide.” -Award-winning author Kelly J. Baker.

Praise for LIFE OF THE MIND INTERRUPTED:

“Pryal writes with a refreshing and raw honesty.” New York Times bestselling author Kate Moretti for Booktrib Magazine

Life of the Mind Interrupted is personal, political, polemical, and pointed in its vision for transforming higher education to be more inclusive of disabled and mentally ill people. … If you want to understand how higher education is built, and not built, for people with disabilities—especially mental health–related ones—Pryal’s book is for you.” -Bookriot

“Katie Rose Guest Pryal is one of the foremost writers of disability and higher education we have today.” –Catherine J. Prendergast, author of Buying into English: Language and Investment in the New Capitalist World

“These thoughtfully chosen and arranged essays grapple with issues relevant to disabled students and scholars as well as those who would be allies. With a particular focus on mental illness and other forms of invisible disability, Pryal calls on us to do much, much better.” -Kecia Ali, Ph.D., author of Sexual Ethics and Islam: Feminist Reflections on Qur’an, Hadith, and Jurisprudence

“Pryal’s wit and humor shine through even as she tackles harrowing subjects, like living with depression and suicide. She shows us how important it is to make academia, and our world, more accessible for everyone. … This is not a book to miss.” -Kelly J. Baker, award-winning author of Sexism Ed: Essays on Gender and Labor in Higher Education

 

Book Information:

  • Author: Katie Rose Guest Pryal
  • Title: LIFE OF THE MIND INTERRUPTED: ESSAYS ON MENTAL HEALTH AND DISABILITY IN HIGHER EDUCATION
  • Publication Date: October 16, 2017
  • Paper ISBN: 978-1-947834-05-7, Ebook ISBN: 978-1-947834-06-4
  • Distributed by Ingram
  • lifeofthemindinterrupted.com