About “Demons in the Age of Light: A Memoir of Psychosis and Recovery”
Demons in the Age of Light is my account of a psychotic break I experienced at age eighteen, and my subsequent recovery. After repeated hospitalizations I was diagnosed with schizophrenia, a ‘brain disease’, and told that I’d need medications to lead a normal life. Yet this explanation sounded hollow and inadequate, and the drugs proved nearly as destructive as the apparent disintegration of reality within me. Armed with a few philosophy books and a conviction that material reductionism was not the answer, I realized that the only way to defeat my demon was to confront him directly. In doing so, I first had to face the aspects of my past, my defenses, and perhaps my soul that had allowed such dark forces to enter. By taking this existential approach, I came to realize the incredible power of metaphors in shaping our lives, or perhaps taking control where we fail to own what we find within ourselves.
Regardless of whether demons are ‘real’ in any measurable sense, as symbols they have lost little of the power they’ve possessed since the age of shamans drumming in the night. Demons in the Age of Light is my exploration of the limits of reason in the search for truth.
You can read an excerpt and buy the book from Process Media here.
If you’d prefer an ebook version, it can be purchased in either format from Amazon.com,
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A summary from the back cover of the book:
With the skill of a gifted novelist, twenty-three-year-old Whitney Robinson recounts the harrowing true story of her descent into mental illness soon after she arrived at college. Her doctor labeled the illness schizophrenia, but Whitney felt that she became possessed by a malevolent, seductive entity that attempted to influence her into harming herself and others.
Institutionalized and heavily medicated, Whitney encounters other horrors and mysteries within the walls of a psychiatric hospital. Determined to release herself from pharmacological shackles, Whitney finally confronts and expels her demon through sheer will and alternative methods, including an attempted exorcism and shamanic healing.
“Compelling and engrossing … Robinson is an accomplished writer with a poetic bent, a born storyteller.” — Pamela Spiro Wagner, Divided Minds