After being diagnosed with Autism Travis loses his autism to a devastating mental illness schizophrenia. After spending years trying to find the right medications and treatments for schizophrenia he finally gets his mental illness under control. It is only then that he can truly look into himself and see the autism as part of who he is and a blessing that will have an everlasting impact on him.
Travis explains why he drinks gasoline to keep dragons and voices from killing him. He lives with schizophrenia and the dragons try to get him to poor gasoline on himself and light himself on fire. When Travis battles back with the voices he ends up having to drink gasoline as a punishment for being autistic and being a virgin.Psychosis has taken over Travis' life. Dragons control his life now.
An old favorite comes back to tug at your heart again.
From Publisher's Weekly: "Appalachia in the 1950’s is the vividly drawn springboard to this tender, lyrical novel about mental illness."
The Horn Book: "Distinct and startlingly beautiful . . . White’s most moving offering to date.”
Tom shares what it is like to be trapped in your own mind living with mental illness. Diagnosed with Schizophrenia, Tom shares the ups and downs of a journey with mental illness. Imagine a mind tormented with voices screaming at you, visions that are not real, and beliefs that are fixed in your mind as reality. Tom explains the tragedy that his psychosis brings upon him and how he overcomes it.
Tom is confused about if he is a man with autism or a woman with autism. Rejected so much as a man he begins to explore his sexual identity and the possibility of becoming a woman. He feels he has failed as a man with autism and wants to try life as a woman with autism to see if he can be happier. Tom explores options for sexual identity surgeries that will help make living with autism easier.
Travis shares the ups and downs of a life that most are unfamiliar with. He is never alone. Hounded with voices, delusions, hallucinations, and more Travis takes on the world each day as if there were enemies following him everywhere he goes. He must learn to work with his real friends who care about him in order to stay alive and fight off the make-believe world which seems so real in his mind.
When her coworkers start mysteriously dying, Em realizes that she may be the only one who can stop things from getting worse. Now she must convince her therapist she’s not having a relapse and keep her boss from firing her. All while getting her coworker Roger to help enact the plans Escodex conveys to her though the RFID chips in the Savertown USA products. It’s enough to make anyone Stay Crazy.
Tom shares how nursing and breastfeeding with other adult women helps him cope with having autism. Tom needs a nurturing relationship with women that helps meet his emotional and sensory needs. Being nurtured in a motherly role that allows him to emotionally connect with women in the way he understands helps him cope with being different and living with autism. Breasts help Tom's sensory needs.