You wouldn't read this book for entertainment, but it is interestingly written and presents information about the terror of being on the brink of madness, and the drug abuse which can accompany psychiatric treatment. It is all about obstacles and how one woman overcame them and regaine I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway! A formerly strong, independent, successful woman, Barbara's life becomes a nightmare of paralysis and fear. Though she feels frightened and misunderstood, the tenderness and love of another young patient, Jim, helps Barbara rediscover her voice and her identity. In spite of the pills prescribed by her doctor, a nameless terror disrupting her daily life intensifies until she is besieged by crippling anxiety attacks. The ho-hum attitude of the doctor who prescribed the drugs is only outweighed by the crazy sexist attitudes of doctors she goes to later and the physical abuse she receives from her boyfriend. The ho-hum attitude of the doctor who prescribed the drugs is only outweighed by the crazy sexist attitudes of doctors she goes to later and the physical abuse she receives from her boyfriend.
There is some benefit to talk therapy and to drug therapy, but the right combination is a matter of some trial and error and a delicate process. With the encouragement of her psychiatrist and the help of friends and what she had learned about balancing life, the good and bad, the reality of it, she was able to regain her sanity and ability to function as a normal individual. There is another important message here and that is about the prescription drug trade. Most either had their own horror stories, or thanked her for bringing such a hidden secret into the light. To be honest I found this book boring. You wouldn't read this book for entertainment, but it is interestingly written and presents information about the terror of being on the brink of madness, and the drug abuse which can accompany psychiatric treatment. Fearing the effect the drug was having on her life, she decided to quit - cold turkey.
Also, I think most people don't want to be seen as being friendly with someone who is mentally ill as the stigma may attach itself and lo and behold, hello you are friendless as well. I hope I can find an affordable version to watch even though neither has gotten rave reviews from what I have been able to find. Only two members of the large supporting cast, Dianne Wiest and Geraldine Page, have any chance to develop their characters, and both do well. Barbara Gordon is the author of the best-selling drug-addiction memoir, I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can. I really don't think prescription drug use has diminished although valium may not be as prevalent as it once was. I just can't recommend this to anyone when there are so many other good books about addiction and mental health out there.
Because she abruptly discontinued her medication, she experienced major withdrawal symptoms, a mental breakdown and ended up spending a good deal of time in a mental hospital. Gordon is also the author of the novel Defects of the Heart and the nonfiction book Jennifer Fever. It doesn't wonder why Barbara is more deeply attached to this woman than to anyone else in her life. The author started taking it for pain. Gordon's eye for detail is exceptional, but it's the emotional aspect that stands out, especially in her relationship with the therapist and one of the patients at the last hospital she commits herself to. Though she feels frightened and misunderstood, the tenderness and love of another young patient, Jim, helps Barbara rediscover her voice and her identity. These days there seems to be a drug for everything, a one size fits all mentality.
But what she describes is dependence on a medication. I was riveted, couldn't put it down. A true story and a sad one as Emmy award winning documentary producer, Barbara Gordon, tells of her addiction, crash, and recovery from prescription drugs in the 1970s. She finally reaches a turning point when she realizes Kalman's treatment has been ineffective and admits her dependence on drugs is controlling her life. Throughout her journey, Gordon's hope and strength make her an incredible heroine worth rooting for. Wish I had an answer, but talk about a wake up call.
It gets ugly, and results in hospitalization eventually. About this Item: HarperCollins Publishers. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. A formerly strong, independent, successful woman, Barbara's life becomes a nightmare of paralysis and fear. Surely there were other incidents that resulted in her anxiety attacks as an adult, but she only wants to discuss the pills and alcohol, not the underlying factors. Eric starts to go pretty insane, stuck in the apartment caring constantly for this person. Fortunately this author is still alive and has gone on to have a good career and write other books.
Barbara Gordon, a documentary producer finds herself addicted to Valium. Once off the drugs, she descends into deep neurosis made worse by her lover's parallel psychosis. Will I always be the bad girl who deserves to be unhappy? I began taking it for muscle spasms and over the years have decreased my dosage buy a great deal. She had won many awards for her work and such like that. Gordon's straightforward description of the mental, emotional, and physical symptoms endured by a recovering addict has a powerful universality. Barbara had often spoken for the voiceless in her films, but she suddenly finds herself powerless, without a voice of her own. In my opinion because I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can, by Barbara Gordon This book is non-fiction about the dramatic, heart-wrenching story of Barbara Gordon's Valium-induced breakdown-a breakdown that need never have happened—and of Ms.
All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. Barbara Gordon started out as a very accomplished documentary producer at the beginning of the book. A bestseller, it has been translated into 9 different languages and made into a movie. What you are and what you want yourself to be. After graduation from Barnard College in New York City, she worked for almost twenty years in television as a writer and producer. It just so happened that I was into dancing, and happened to pick this book up.
And to top it off addiction was little understood and seldom discussed. I understand more than anyone can know that addiction is different for everyone. I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can is the true story of what happened to Barbara Gordon, a successful, Emmy award-winning television producer and writer. And although Gordon should be proud of her journalistic accomplishments, I'm not sure she needs to mention them in every chapter. The I won this book on first reads. Another reason this book kept my interest was that I have also been on Valium for nearly 40 years. Tell me what's the matter with me? Even though this was written over 30 years ago, it could just as easily have been written today except we are more aware of mental illness and addictions although I wonder exactly just how much more? After graduation from Barnard College in New York City, she worked for almost twenty years in television as a writer and producer.
Everything starts to go out of control at this point including the man she has been living with for five years as he becomes more controlling and abusive even though she knows she desperately needs help. The author Barbara Gordon a professional filmmaker had stopped taking her prescribed Valium cold turkey as directed by her physician. With all of his new responsibilities like getting all of the groceries for Barbara and him, he starts to treat her like a defenseless child. Her father may have been drunk at the time. And to top it off addiction was little understood and seldom discussed. Quite the page turner, I was fuming at the medical professionals who were supposed to help, but instead drove their patients into worse situations. Her doctor had told her to quit cold turkey like that.