Portray [people with mental illness] sympathetically, and portray them in all the richness and depth of their experience as people, and not as diagnoses.

— Elyn Saks

The most blissful Elyn Saks quotes that are life-changing and eye-opening

The schizophrenic mind is not so much split as shattered.

I like to say schizophrenia is like a waking nightmare.


No one would ever say that someone with a broken arm or a broken leg is less than a whole person, but people say that or imply that all the time about people with mental illness


My good fortune is not that I've recovered from mental illness.

I have not, nor will I ever. My good fortune lies in having found my life.


We must stop criminalizing mental illness.

It's a national tragedy and scandal that the L.A. County Jail is the biggest psychiatric facility in the United States.


Some people still hold [the] view that restraints help psychiatric patients feel safe. I've never met a psychiatric patient who agreed.


Occupying my mind with complex problems has been my best and most powerful and most reliable defense against my mental illness.


I am a woman with chronic schizophrenia.

I have spent hundreds of days in psychiatric hospitals. I could have ended up living most of my life on a back ward, but things turned out quite differently.


Please hear this: There are not ‘schizophrenics,’ there are people with schizophrenia.


There are not schizophrenics. There are people with schizophrenia and these people may be your spouse, they may be your child, they may be your neighbor, they may be your friend, they may be your coworker.


Everyone becomes psychotic in his or her own ways.


My mind has been both my best friend and my worst enemy.


One of the reasons the doctors gave for hospitalizing me against my will was that I was ‘gravely disabled.’ To support this view, they wrote in my chart that I was unable to do my Yale Law School homework. I wondered what that meant about much of the rest of New Haven.


About Elyn Saks

Quotes 14 sayings
Profession Professor
Birthday October 16

Stigma against mental illness is a scourge with many faces, and the medical community wears a number of those faces.