A Book Based on a True Story: And Then I Thought I was a Fish by Peter Welch
IDENTIFYING INFORMATION: Peter Hunt Welch is a 20-year-old single Caucasian male who was residing in Bar Harbor, Maine this summer. He is a University of Maine at Orono student with no prior psychiatric history, who was admitted to the Acadia Hospital on an involuntary basis due to an acute level of confusion and disorganization, both behaviorally and cognitively. He was evaluated at MDI and was transferred from that facility due to psychosis, impulse thoughts, delusions, and disorientation. He was felt to be a risk to himself and others due to his high level of disorganization and disorientation and impulsivity. He did not know where he was. He believed that he had murdered his friend by sucking out his soul. The patient was also reporting, upon admission, that he could see, smell, hear and touch God. She as an acid smoky smell. Patient is an unreliable historian. He initially denied any alcohol or drug use, but later on admitted to having had LSD on several occasions. He also acknowledged the use of heroin, crack, cocaine, mushrooms, ecstasy, speed, etc. Just prior to his admission to Acadia Hospital, he had been displaying markedly abnormal behavior with confusion, illogical statements, and appearing disoriented, and as if walking in a daze.
This is the story of why someone wrote that.
I'm not sure what I expected, but an explanation on what being on hard drugs was like isn't it. Many, many tangents along the way, and it took the author a while to get to any sort of point, but that is a lot like talking to someone who is high, so it set the right mood. I got lost/bored with some of the explanation on the more advanced research and theories about drug use. I was very interested in the narrator's decent in madness. There were interesting and humorous footnotes, but the eBook I read didn't have back links, so it was hard to read them. Which is a shame, I'm pretty sure I missed a good portion of the story. Seeing how the drug use and break down moved into full out madness was really interesting, not a topic I've ever looked into. The narrator's father was hilarious, I enjoyed his parts--which is another interesting thing the author did, had various people give their thoughts and memories of certain events. The conclusion got both a bit abstract and preachy, not that I didn't agree with most of his conclusions, I just don't like being told how to think or how to experience the world.
2014 Reading Bingo
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