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by David Fitzpatrick

  • ISBN: 0062064029
  • Author: David Fitzpatrick
  • ePub ver: 1682 kb
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  • Rating: 4.1 of 5
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 368
  • Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition edition (August 21, 2012)
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  • Category: Fitness
  • Subcategory: Psychology & Counseling
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David Fitzpatrick’s Sharp is a must read, remarkably told. Wally Lamb ). Sharp is a courageously honest book by a gentle, damaged soul who fought his way to the light with a ferocity he never thought he possessed.

David Fitzpatrick’s Sharp is a must read, remarkably told. Fitzpatrick’s recounting of his struggle with severe mental illness shines with intelligence, pain and hard-won, self-confidence. (Kate Christensen, author of The Great Man and The Astral ). What makes this memoir so riveting and so unforgettable isn’t the myriad of horrors that its narrator inflicts upon himself.

David Fitzpatrick’s Sharp is an extraordinary memoir-a fascinating . He began cutting at age twenty-three after breaking up with a girlfriend. Before t Sharp: A Memoir by David Fitzpatrick is not an easy book to read.

David Fitzpatrick’s Sharp is an extraordinary memoir-a fascinating, disturbing look into the mind of a man who, in his early 20s, began cutting himself due to a severe mental illness. It is truly about going to hell and back - if hell is a mental state. After college mental illness gripped author David Fitzpatrick's life and began almost two decades of torment.

David Fitzpatrick’s Sharp is an extraordinary memoir-a fascinating, disturbing look into the mind of a man who, in his early 20s, began cutting himself due to a severe mental illness

David Fitzpatrick’s Sharp is an extraordinary memoir-a fascinating, disturbing look into the mind of a man who, in his early 20s, began cutting himself due to a severe mental illness A harrowing journey from self-destructive psychosis to a cautious re-emergence into the flickering sunshine of the sane worl. .Fitzpatrick writes about mental illness with the unsparing intensity of Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton but also with the hard-won self-knowledge of William Styron, Kay Jamison, and other chroniclers of disease, recovery, and managemen.A must read, remarkably told. Wally Lamb, author of I Know This Much is True.

David Fitzpatrick s Sharp is an extraordinary memoir a fascinating, disturbing look into the mind of a man who, in his early 20s, began cutting himself due to a severe mental illness.

One of five children, Fitzpatrick endured regular bullying from his older brother and later was tormented daily by his college roommates. He began cutting in his early 20s, steeped in self-loathing and spending years in psychiatric hospitals. While Sharp is an intense and raw read - and may be triggering for some - it’s ultimately a hopeful and inspiring story. It’s a story of a man who gets caught up in the mental health system but finally finds.

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Sharp, Fitzpatrick, David This is a really hard book to read.

Sharp, Fitzpatrick, David. Endorphins sped through me. I spun around, growing dizzy, frantic, and silly. But in his early twenties, David Fitzpatrick became so consumed by mental illness it sent him into a frenzy of cutting himself with razor blades. In this shocking and often moving book, he vividly describes the rush this act gave him, the fleeting euphoric high that seemed to fill the spaces in the rest of his life. This is a really hard book to read.

In Sharp, David Fitzpatrick is our tour guide for a harrowing journey from . This beautifully written book by David Fitzpatrick shows what mental illness is like from the perspective of a patient, and I think it is well worth reading.

In Sharp, David Fitzpatrick is our tour guide for a harrowing journey from self-destructive psychosis to a cautious re-emergence into the flickering sunshine of the sane world. Sharp-A cutting-edge, real life memoir Fitzpatrick's ability to help the reader experience the pain and mental anguish that the author suffers is, a craft many do not posses. He does it expertly-at times graphic, that is just what is called for and so appropriate and timed perfectly.

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David Fitzpatrick’s Sharp is an extraordinary memoir—a fascinating, disturbing look into the mind of a man who, in his early 20s, began cutting himself due to a severe mental illness. A beautifully written treatment of a powerful subject, Fitzpatrick—whose symptoms included extreme depression and self-mutilation—writes movingly and honestly about his affliction and inspires readers with his courage, joining the literary ranks of Terri Cheney (Manic), Augusten Burroughs (Running with Scissors), Marya Hornbacher (Wasted), and Susanna Kaysen (Girl, Interrupted).

“A harrowing journey from self-destructive psychosis to a cautious re-emergence into the flickering sunshine of the sane world….Fitzpatrick writes about mental illness with the unsparing intensity of Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton but also with the hard-won self-knowledge of William Styron, Kay Jamison, and other chroniclers of disease, recovery, and management…. A must read, remarkably told.”—Wally Lamb, author of I Know This Much is True

Comments (7)

Wel
David Fitzpatrick has written about his coming of age in a unique environment through a taboo, self-mutilation. The memoir is fascinating, profoundly moving, and well worth a read. He writes so well that the experiences through which he learns seem almost matter-of-fact. They're not. His self-mutilation is almost lethal and, at times, would have killed him if he hadn't been found and cared for by competent health professionals. The dynamics of the various psych units ring true. This book is one of the best I've read st conveying the camaraderie and intimacy that develop between patients. In some ways, these relationships can become the most intimate of one's life as he clearly knows and helps the reader to understand. Although the mental health setting may be unfamiliar and even shameful for many people, Fitzpatrick struggles with the same life issues and tasks everyone else does. He is philosophical, contemplative, and articulate, with a level of self-awareness that can only come from incredibly hard work. The mental health professions are given a hard-eyed scrutiny though in the end it is his relationship with his therapist that gives him the strength to take the risk of growing up.
Amhirishes
Just reading David Fitzpatrick's story is enough to make the reader wince at the self-inflicted mutilation that he struggled with. It amazes me that Fitzpatrick, or any author of such an honest memoir, is able to articulate in such honest, graphic details the mental struggle within him. To say it was a "great read" seems to minimalize the anguish that the author was going through during those difficult years. For me, it was more of an eye opener into one person's emotional struggles that lead to self-inflicted physical harm, and probably a story that many others can relate to. Hopefully Fitzpatrick's memoir reaches an audience that might be going through the same kind struggles and casts a light of hope in their direction that they too can overcome. Recommended read.
Yellow Judge
Not an easy read, was not meant to be. Not for the faint of heart. The first 30% was a necessary struggle but hang in there! My question is, how did the author retain so much vivid detail and memory while in his mental decline? I realize he had his journals...but still. Was the capacity for SI there all along or did his brother "trigger" this response? Imprinted on the genetic code? His brother should be shot. He is the epitome of evil and malevolent behavior and I think that was his TRUE nature. Makes you wonder @ the philanthropic endeavors of some people. Are they trying to redeem themselves for moral outrages committed? The nature of the beast. It seemed like David got "worse" after the first hospitalization- that was his "catch-22". I feel for him, I really do and I hope he fares well but it was almost too much. Let's leave this to the Psychiatrists and mental health professionals. I did appreciate the fact that he had a sense of humor and his characters were interesting and enlightening.
Pettalo
David's story is heart wrenching - but offers much in terms of insight into the human spirit, mental illness, family, and overcoming personal demons and survival. At times the brutality of his illness, his experiences in life and the pain and suffering that come from his experiences are difficult to read. David seems to have a very gentle soul and innocence that comes across in his writing. The support from his family both in terms of emotional support, boundaries, as well as those of his care takers comes through. This book is well written - and offers one an opportunity to reflect on the fragility of being human and the edges of our own human condition.
Throw her heart
I can't begin to say what an impact this story had on me. It was beautifully written and I am so perplexed by the author's precise memory. What a gift, yet what a curse.

I saw myself in some of his moments, having dealt with depression for so long I completely see now how it can rip you apart. What a strong person it takes to write such honesty. I have a huge amount of respect and admiration for this guy.

I kind of feel bad for only paying a few bucks for this story, considering what I have walked away with.
Use_Death
Very good book and hard to put down. If you have ever had to deal with someone/ or are currently suffering from a mental illness, this book is an eye opener. I would highly recommend reading it. It made me want to jump through the pages to try to save him. The book opened my eyes to how much a mental disorder can take over your life and leave you wondering if you could keep going for one more day. And you can..
Agalas
While this memoir is about cutting and self-harm, and Fitzpatrick's relationship with sharp objects, the prose itself is sharp and descriptive.

Fitzpatrick draws precise, compassionate portraits of everyone he meets during his quest to be well; he profiles his family members, ex-girlfriends, doctors, fellow patients on the wards he lives in, and even his tormentors. His insight into others is almost as compelling as the story he tells about himself.

"Sharp" can be disturbing and graphic at times, but I think that's important to the story that's being told. It's a powerful and brave story about life with mental illness. It is not an easy read, but it's a deeply worthwhile read.
The author takes us on a wild ride, beginning in the ordinary life of an ordinary kid, with all the hopes, insecurities and pranks that kids put into their bag of experience as they head out for a full life. Then, suddenly a turn-takes the deadly fork in the road- and life becomes less than "normal" and we follow the the boy deeper and deeper into a trail of dispair, into the nightmare that became his world, a world of people who self-mutilate, slashing! It is heartrendering, taking the reader into dark valleys where few travel. But, we come to appreciate that there are those that do find their way back from that fork in the road, that can reverse their direction--AND triumph. Five stars for this wonderful writer! Carvalko

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