The Rules of the Tunnel

The Rules of the Tunnel

My Brief Period of Madness

Book - 2011
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A journalist faces his toughest assignment yet: profiling himself. Zeman recounts his struggle with clinical depression in this high- octane, brutally funny memoir about mood disorders, memory, shock treatment therapy and the quest to get back to normal.

Thirty-five million Americans suffer from clinical depression. But Ned Zeman never thought he'd be one of them. He came from a happy Midwestern family. He had great friends and a busy social life. His career was thriving at Vanity Fair where he profiled adventurers and eccentrics who pushed the limits and died young.

Then, at age thirty-two, anxiety and depression gripped Zeman with increasing violence and consequences. He experimented with therapist after therapist, medication after medication, hospital after hospital- including McLean Hospital, the facility famed for its treatment of writers, from Sylvia Plath to Susanna Kaysen to David Foster Wallace. Zeman eventually went further, by trying electroconvulsive therapy, aka shock treatment, aka "the treatment of last resort."

By the time it was over, Zeman had lost nearly two years' worth of memory. He was a reporter with amnesia. He had no choice but to start from scratch, to reassemble the pieces of a life he didn't remember and, increasingly, didn't want to. His girlfriend was gone; friends weren't speaking to him. His life lay in ruins. And the biggest question remained, "What the hell did I do?"

By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, profane and hopeful, The Rules of the Tunnel is a blistering account of Zeman's twisted ride to hell and back-a return made possible by friends real and less so, among them the dead "eccentrics" he once profiled. It's a guttural shout of a book, one that defies conventional notions about those with mood disorders, unlocks mysteries within mysteries, and proves that sometimes everything you're looking for is right in front of you.
Publisher: New York : Gotham Books, [2011]
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9781592405985
Branch Call Number: 616.895 ZEM
Characteristics: 308 pages ;,22 cm

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wiredonjava
Jan 01, 2014

You have to appreciate anyone willing to bare their souls for the sake of helping others. Ned takes you on his journey towards mental health. Shrink #6 seems to hit home. From page 307: "Psych wards & ECT saves lives. But they don't create new ones".

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DellaV
Aug 27, 2012

This is an excellent book by a very honest man who dealt the hard way with bipolar disorder, using ECT. I really appreciated his insight into how his mind works, and his honesty about lying to family and friends-this book helped me to try to understand a bipolar friend in a better way, without constantly asking him if he took his meds today or crowding him with my concerns-treating him as a fellow human being was difficult, but much more respectful. Great insight into the "system" and the mind of this person.

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Languid5
Jun 21, 2012

Pretty good read.

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Languid5
Jun 21, 2012

You became a walking audiobook(unabridged, performed by the author).

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