“Practical Blasphemy: The New Testament” illustrates in 55,000 words that which countless books have failed to convey about mental illness. Based on a first-hand account of psychosis and hospitalization, it is no mere memoir. It is a love letter to the tormented, full of important information and sometimes hope. It is the first of its kind. LJT exposes in detail the reality of psychosis, the horror of suicide, and the effects of psychopharmaceuticals.
Protagonist Amelia Adams is a young woman who hallucinates music continuously. Along with voices and darker things in her head, she is constantly bombarded with unwanted thoughts. She decides to take her own life. “Practical Blasphemy: The New Testament” begins on that day. The book includes her suicide attempt and subsequent hospitalization, treatment, fellow patients, and both real and delusional experiences. When she begins medication, the writer’s style changes along with Amelia’s thoughts. This accurate portrayal of the effects of psychopharmaceuticals enlightens the reader and the protagonist. “Practical Blasphemy” is unconventional and shocking at times, but it is a crucial instrument in helping the psychiatric community and general public understand the realities of severe mental illness.
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