7 Shrinks: 60 Years in an Undiagnosed Altered Stateby Carol Prisant

Summary:

Imagine going to sleep one night as yourself-the emotional, anxious person you've been all your life-but on awakening, not being able to recognize your face and body in the mirror. No longer feeling empathy, joy or love. But feeling no anxieties at all. Imagine being afraid you've gone insane and living in terror that all who know you might find out. Imagine trying to describe your 'altered state' to a succession of doubting psychiatrists. And now imagine that lasts for sixty years.

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Carol Prisant lives in Manhattan with an almost-embarrassing, but beloved. three-pound dog, and she writes. But she used to be, in no particular order: a page at a library-when there were pages and people used libraries-a model, an antiques dealer, an appraiser, and a restorer of old houses. For the past 31 years, Carol has been the New York editor of the UK magazine, The World of Interiors. She's authored three books of non-fiction: Antiques Roadshow Primer (a New York Times best-seller); Antiques Roadshow Collectibles (the companion volume); Good, Better, Best (the connoisseurship of antiques) plus Dog House (a tender memoir) Catch 26 (a novel) and Seven Shrinks (a not so tender memoir).

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Who knew? Certainly not Carol Prisant who, for sixty years sought out the Seven Shrinks of her title to cure her of the unshakable sense of detachment that separated her from even the closest form of reality, including family and love.

I absolutely loved this--could not put it down!

A lasting testament to a life of resilience and determination in the face of a very private hell. Beautifully crafted, 7 Shrinks deserves a lasting place in the annals of documented mental illness and the human spirit’s will to carry on despite all odds.

An intelligent, articulate, privileged young woman finds herself suddenly and completely emotionally removed from herself and everyone around her and remains that way for 60 years.

How easy it would be to write a memoir about an emotional or mental disorder that comes out humorless—because, after all, the writer is suffering—and what a joy it is to find a writer who can guide the "normal" or merely neurotic reader through this foreign territory with style, intelligence and wit, not to mention self-effacement. She is a kind of travel agent for the unafflicted, so that while the subject is a torment, the writing itself is a delight.

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