In 2011, Ken Dickson had emergency surgery that totally changed his life. He ended up with a rare complication (possibly from the surgery itself affecting his brain chemistry, possibly from one of the many medications he took). He ended up going manic. This led to him being put into three different psychiatric wards. Once he was deemed mentally ill, he was just looked at as “crazy” and no one cared to figure out what was really going on. Detour from Normal is a fascinating glimpse into the mind of someone completely manic and also into the world of mental institutions. Dickson told the story mostly from his point of view as he was thinking at the time (occasionally he clarified things with his wife’s journal entries). It was mildly humorous and quite engaging. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in mental health.
5 (out of 5) Stars
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