A mind that found itself : an autobiography PDF book by Clifford Whittingham Beers (1923)

A mind that found itself: an autobiography PDF book by Clifford Whittingham Beers

Clifford Whittingham Beers


Clifford Whittingham Beers, (born March 30, 1876, New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.—died July 9, 1943, Providence, Rhode Island), American author and influential figure in the field of mental hygiene in the United States.

Beers were born in New Haven, Connecticut to Ida and Robert Beers on March 30, 1876. He was one of five children, all of whom would suffer from psychological distress and would spend time in mental institutions, including Beers himself (see "Clifford W. Beers, Advocate for the Insane").


 He graduated from the Sheffield Scientific School at Yale in 1897, where he was the business manager of The Yale Record and a member of Berzelius In 1900 he was first confined to a private mental institution for depression and paranoia. He would later be confined to another private hospital as well as a state institution. During these periods he experienced and witnessed serious maltreatment at the hands of the staff. His book A Mind That Found Itself (1908), an autobiographical account of his hospitalization and the abuses he suffered, was widely and favorably reviewed, became a bestseller, and is still in print.

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