Consciously or unconsciously, this agonizing question has been asked by millions of those who, for any reason, have felt themselves to be set apart from others in their childhood. Madness provides one of the commonest unfounded fears of neurotics.
A consultant psychiatrist explains in this study, as exactly as the condition permits, what madness is. Drawing a clear line between psychosis and neurosis, he takes us into the world of madness by two paths; first through a survey of what specialists now know about psychotic breakdown, and secondly through a brilliant comparison between broken patterns of thought and feeling in childhood and the shattered world of the psychotic. The author interprets much experience and behaviour on the lines of Melanie Klein's theory of early emotional development and admits, through her, a debt to Freud: But Freud specialized in the psycho-neuroses.