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Vietnam Veteran Deals With Mental Illness through Writing

Despite being diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, Larry Clevenger went on to complete graduate studies and write a number of books.


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For Clevenger, literature provides mental healing and a career.

Decades after the Vietnam War ended, many veterans continue to suffer psychiatric disorders, which affect their transition to civilian life. Though they receive government disability payments, medical assistance, and other forms of aid, the psychological scars remain untreated, which only worsen their mental and social condition. However, one veteran managed to overcome his demons.

Larry Clevenger went to college and wrote books. It happened that one of his books was displayed at the recently concluded 2017 BookExpo America, titled Diary Of A Schizophrenic. Published by AuthorHouse in 2009, the book is a cross between a diary and a literary work.

Diary Of A Schizophrenic†is a collection of the authorís prose and poetry. As this effort suggests, writing this book was Clevengerís cathartic release, and the same can be said for all his previous and upcoming works. It was a free exercise for the Vietnam veteran diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic. Clevenger admitted he canít always distinguish between what was real and what was imagined, and he just wrote what came into his mind.

The poems and fiction stories in Diary Of A Schizophrenic†may give hints about the authorís mental state, but it shows his mental toughness and resilience. Clevenger proves writing books is the best way to deal with mental issues. Literature provides veterans catharsis and a reason to live.†

Diary Of A Schizophrenic
Written by†Larry Clevenger
Published by AuthorHouse
Published date: April 8, 2009
Paperback price: $14.49

About the Author

Larry Clevenger is a Vietnam War veteran. In 1966, very shortly after his time in the military was completed, he was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic. He has been in psychiatric hospitals many times and is dependent upon the Veterans Administration (the VA) for medical care, psychiatric care, and financial resources.

He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies from the University of the State of New York and a Masterís Degree and doctorate (Ph.D.) in Philosophy from Cambridge State University.


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