“Practical Blasphemy: The New Testament” illustrates that which countless psychology books and autobiographies have failed to convey about mental illness. It will be released by the Brooklyn-based publishing house ANTIBOOKCLUB in the Spring of 2018. Based on a first-hand account of psychosis and hospitalization, it is no mere memoir. It is both a love letter to the tormented and a hate psalm. 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 Amelia begins medication, the writer’s style changes along with her thinking process. 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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