Book Details:

  • Title: Life of the Mind Interrupted: Essays on Mental Health and Disability in Higher Education
  • Publisher and Date: Raven Books, Released October of 2017
  • Author: Katie Rose Guest Pryal, J.D., Ph.D.
  • Ebook 8.99, Paper 14.99
  • ISBN Paper: 978-1-947834-05-7; ISBN Ebook: 978-1-947834-06-4
  • Distributed by Ingram

LIFE OF THE MIND INTERRUPTED: Essays on Mental Health and Disability in Higher Education

Academia isn’t an easy place to be if your brain isn’t quite right.

Colleagues carelessly call each other “schizo” and “bipolar.” Another colleague is fired—easy enough to do these days, when most college teachers no longer have tenure—for “instability.” In these ways and many more, psychiatrically disabled people working in higher education are reminded every day that their privilege, their very livelihoods, can be stripped away by the groundless suspicions of others. Their lives can be, in an instant, interrupted.

The essays in this book cover topics such as disclosure of disabilities, accommodations and accessibility, how to be a good abled friend to a disabled person, the trigger warnings debate, and more. Written for a popular audience, for those with disabilities and for those who want to learn more about living a disabled life, Life of the Mind Interrupted aims to make higher education, and the rest of our society, more humane.

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What People Are Saying:

“Katie Rose Guest Pryal is one of the foremost writers of disability and higher education we have today. Like Kay Redfield Jamison and Elyn Saks, Pryal pulls aside the curtain to look at what academic life is like for someone with a mental disability. With unmatched legal insight into the intersection of disability and university life, Pryal’s writing is also accessible. Reading her writing is like sitting down to coffee with a friend. Covering vital topics such as disclosure, collegiality, and accommodations, Life of the Mind Interrupted helps academics and friends of academics navigate the thickets of higher education, where expectations of “sound mind” are cruelly at odds with the reality of disability. In Pryal’s work we see hope: For a kinder, more just, more capacious understanding of what it means to be human, to pursue knowledge, and to educate.”  —Catherine J. Prendergast, Ph.D., Professor of Disability Studies