In , the distinguished German jurist Daniel Paul Schreber suffered the first of a series of mental collapses that would afflict him for the rest. Schreber, Daniel Paul, – [Denkwürdigkeiten eines Nervenkranken. English]. Memoirs of my nervous illness / by Daniel Paul. In , the distinguished German jurist Daniel Paul Schreber suffered the first of a series of mental collapses that would afflict him for the rest of his life.

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Before his mental collapse, he served as the chief justice of the supreme court of the state of Saxony. Schreber’s insanity was characterized by startling delusions, all chronicled in his journal, including a belief that he directly communicated with God through a secret “nerve language,” and a desire to transform himself into a woman. Inthe distinguished German jurist Daniel Paul Schreber suffered the first of a series of mental collapses that would afflict him for the rest of his life.

He writes almost soberly and with complete clarity about his experiences. In his madness, the world was revealed to him as an enormous architecture of nerves, dominated by a predatory God. This was not unexpected for a man with stress and long exposure in the public eye, so he took a year-long vacation.

One especially interesting example is Schreber’s own legal defense, written in a period of lucidity, allowing himself to be released with supervision due to ‘harmless insanity’, a precedent for treatment of other forms of mental illness. Eventually, he is released from psychiatric hospitals, nearly a decade after first being committed, He resumes his profession for about five years until the death of his mother in Schreber was a son of the famous German physician Daniel Gottlob Moritz Schreber, who invented—and practised on his own family—a draconian regimen of mechanical exercise.

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Personal experiences at Sonnenstein. Jun 09, Lizzie rated it really liked it Shelves: The level of detail and obvious intelligence of the author leads one to reconsider the difference between being mentally impaired and being healthy.


Like with most human problems, there are no good solutions or even ways of bettering the matter here, though the progressive changes of the DSM have required more and more science in order to justify the existences of disorders and their symptoms. Diagnosed as a paranoiac, he spent the next seven years in an asylum, early on mute before the assaults of his hallucinations and only gradually returning to speech with revelations of his bizarre and overwhelming religious experiences.

Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. View all 4 comments. Memoirs of My Jllness Illness. Perhaps Deleuze and Guattari got the memoirs mixed up with Georges Bataille, who did indeed write a marvelous essay entitled “The Solar Anus. I can add very little, as I am not in any sense qualified in psychology. Content of the voices talk. Fleschig, and stayed there until his release in Journal List BMJ v.

Daniel Paul Schreber was a man of nervohs and considerable learning. Schreber himself deploying absolutely unimpeachable legalistic rhetoric whilst at the same time remaining steadfast in his convictions regarding the legitimacy nervoud his spiritual insights is some of the most amazing shit I have ever read.

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Following this surprising realization you might have continued this contact with me for schhreber time out of scientific interest, until you yourself felt as if were uneasy about it, and therefore decided to break it off. It formed the ideological fulcrum of her time in nefvous, a reaction to and indictment of the state-socialist system then rivaling the West but also a highly influential statement of economic orthodoxy that would outlive the Cold War.

However, given that this book is several hundred pages of the ravings of danuel mentally ill person, it naturally gets boring at times. These more than anything else restore my faith in the possibility of a humane psychiatry.

Mahler on the Couch film A Dangerous Method film. Radically certain of his delusions, Schreber writes his story and quite aptly develops his theory of a “nerve language. Support Center Support Center.


Daniel Paul Schreber German: This, however, he could only do by first being transformed from a man into a woman I, of course, having plenty of reason to be grateful that, unlike in the case of Daniel Paul Schreber, no psychotic episode I experienced became broadly progressive, going on for years and years, almost entirely determining the character of my life.

Schreber was released from psychiatric hospitals aroundshortly before the publication of his book. By all means, read this work if you’ve ever harbored even the slightest interest in the inner workings of the human mind.

Elias Canetti also devoted the closing chapters of his theoretical magnum opus Crowds and Power to a reading of Schreber. The fundamental unit of Schreber’s cosmology were “nerves”, which composed both the human soul and the nature of God in relation to humanity. For example, take an incident where Schreber has a “Divine Vision” in the garden of his asylum, whilst accompanied by an attendant.

Memoirs of My Nervous Illness

The fact that someone can write in a comprehensible manner whilst expressing such bizarre delusions is instructional but not very entertaining. Although I have some pity for poor Schreber, I am afraid the weirdness of his mental architecture is nervpus, for me, neither interesting nor attractive. Mar 28, Charles rated it really liked it.

How could this be explained? She lives in London. That’s a good change as those two borderland states were always very poorly defined. Notevole, da usare come libro di testo per futuri professionisti del settore, spiega e chiarisce meglio di qualsiasi manuale di psichiatria I was drawn to it because I have a compulsive interest in the history of medicine and the history of insanity.

Dec 19, Gary Norris rated it it was amazing Shelves: