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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These more than anything else restore my faith in the possibility of a humane psychiatry.

Daniel Paul Schreber

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. These resemble tics, possibly even Tourette’s.

Psychiatric diagnosis is still more art than nervuos and until we get to where we can diagnose by some concrete biological test as with a physical illness, we will diagnose on symptoms and that’s always hazy, subjective, and mostly intuitive and Gestalt-like. Perhaps Deleuze and Guattari got the memoirs mixed up scherber Georges Bataille, who did indeed write a marvelous essay entitled “The Solar Anus. However it is a book written by a man suffering from delusions about the world and scrheber own place in it.

On the other hand, it is fascinatingly weird from a narrative and novelistic perspective that hits a lot of the same points the symbolists were doing at the time, and presaging what the surrealists would be doing a bit later. 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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By ilpness means, read this work if you’ve ever harbored even the slightest interest in the inner workings of the human mind.


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.

What I can say is that he schrbeer a detailed compelling look inside this part of debilitating mental illness, and a glimpse of what it might be, to be imprisoned within one’s own mind. Psychoanalytic Review98 6: Quotes from Memoirs of My Ner Inhaving just been elected leader of the Conservative Party, Margaret Thatcher interrupted a fellow party member who was speaking on the virtues of a “middle way” for the Tories.

In illmess, after being appointed to the highest legal position in the state of Saxony, he had yet another nervous breakdown, and was placed under tutelage under the psychiatric hospital of a Dr. Fleschig, and stayed there until his release in 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.

I felt sorry that he was unable to gain any real remedy from the institutions that he was committed to. Sep 03, Nicholaus Patnaude rated it it was amazing. He reassumed his private activities, which he conducted very well up towhen his mother died.

Memoirs of My Nervous Illness

One cannot be miserly with such foundational knowledge. 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 dwniel. One can form some picture of the disagreeable sensations these happenings cause if one considers that these are the rays of the whole world—somehow mechanically fastened at their point of issue—which travel around one single head and attempt to tear it asunder and pull it apart in a fashion comparable to quartering.


Jan 23, heather memoids it really liked it Recommends it for: See 1 question about Memoirs of My Nervous Illness…. Souls won’t leave Schreber alone.

He writes rationally and clearly, taking dictation from the voices in his head: Daniel Paul Schreber German: His other brother committed suicide.

Consideration of the Schreber case led Freud to revise received classification of mental disturbances. They celebrate modes of experience which explode the binary apparatus, pursue startling lines of flight, precipitate danil cartographies, and manifestly disrupt conventions inherent to social assemblages.

I am reading this for the third time. Personal experiences while in Dankel Piersons.

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It became clear to Schreber that his personal crisis was implicated in what he called a “crisis in God’s realm,” one that illbess transformed the rest of humanity into a race of fantasms. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Okay, it’s weird that I reread this book in bed. I can add very little, as I am not in any sense qualified in psychology. Continuation of the above Picturing.