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I Never Promised You a Rose Garden characters » 104 Ü I Never Promised You a Rose Garden is the story of a sixteen year old who retreats from reality into the bondage of a lushly imagined but threatening kingdom and her slow and painful journey back to sanityChronicles the three year battle of a mentally ill but perceptive teenagI Never Promised You a Rose Garden is the story of a sixteen year old who retreats from reality into the bondage of a lushly imagined but threateni. 'Oh do come in dear Doctor You are just in time for the patient's soothing tea and the end of the world' p 17'The HIDDEN strength is too deep a secret But in the endit is our only ally' Dr Fried page 19'I'm a hundred suare yards sane' If there were such things as man hours and light years surely there was foot sanity p 21'Then you're not going to be indifferent' 'You're damn right I'm not' Deborah and Dr Fried p 45'We will work hard together and we will understand' 'As long as we can stand at all' Dr Fried and Deborah p 99'If I can learn these thingscan read and learn why is it still so dark' Deborah p 120'Do you think you could compete with my smallest nightmare on its dullest day' Deborah p 122'Your spatial laws are okay but God watch out for the choices you give us' Deborah p 126'they build their tortures so cunningly' 'You mean the restraints' 'I mean the HOPE' Deborah and Sylvia p 135'Let us bless the strength that let you see and work toward the time when you will be able also to DO what you see to do' Dr Fried p 174'I'm tired and scared and I just don't care any what happens Work in the dark and work in the cold and what for The garbage I give away the I have left YOU can turn me off I can't turn me off so I'm turning the fight off Deborah p 185'Typical regional cooking They never say what region but I have some ideas' Fiorentini's Mary p 193Read Feel Learn ExperienceThanks for reading

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World of her own creation emphasizing her relationship with the doctor who gave her the ammunition of self understanding with which to help herself. A moving thought provoking and inspiring account of a young girl's struggle with schizophrenia Following a suicide attempt Debra aged just 16 is committed to a mental hospital Over the next three years she works with her psychiatrist to understand her illness and explores the possibility of mental health Her precarious progress is punctuated by periods where she falls back into the terror of her illness I first read this book as a healthy twenty year old with high hopes for my future and found it compelling but strange Ten years later I found a copy in a second hand bookshop and re read it this time from the viewpoint of a former psychiatric patient with four hospital stays in my not too distant past and an uncertainty over my future Now I read this book for comfort hope and above all to remind myself that while psychiatry and the treatment of mental illness may have moved on the road to recovery from mental illness still follows the same pattern of two steps forward one step back Like Debra my defence mechanism is to retreat into the familiar symptoms of my depression Reading this book has helped me to recognise this pattern and gave me renewed hope that there is a world outside my illness even if it is not a rose garden

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I Never Promised You a Rose GardenNg kingdom and her slow and painful journey back to sanityChronicles the three year battle of a mentally ill but perceptive teenage girl against a. This was a powerful and painful reading experience and not something I would have naturally gravitated to on my own I chose to read this upon the recommendation of a friend and I'm very glad I did I have no idea what the author's history is but she did a marvelous job at getting inside the head of a very disturbed girl who has been committed to a mental hospital Reading this story reinforced my committment to never lie to my child It brought back memories of my own teenage years and the lies or illusions I told myself in order to survive loneliness insecurity and rejection It was incredible to read about the complex world this young girl created to escape the the escalating fear lack of control and pain present in her life As a parent reading this my thoughts turned to the huge difference in perception of events between children and adults It's very scary to imagine that a seemingly innocuous occurence can leave such long lasting scars on the psyche of a child By the end of the book I was left with an appreciation of the strength and resilience of human beings who suffer greatly and fight to come out the other side