Luisa Castagnaro – Short Bio

Luisa Castagnaro, MA, is a former teacher of ESL and psychiatric survivor since 1978. Author of Bittersweet Journeys, a poetic anthology, Luisa is working on a memoir about her harrowing experiences prior to and following an insomnia-driven nervous breakdown. Luisa experienced years of over-drugging, electroshock and three suicide attempts which she attributed to antidepressants. She is aware of how her thought process has been compromised by the drugs, but due to a paradigm shift that occurred in 1986 when she started a spiritual practice, she is able to access higher realities while staying grounded in this world. Luisa’s personal blog can be found at


Mad in America hosts blogs by a diverse group of writers. These posts are designed to serve as a public forum for a discussion—broadly speaking—of psychiatry and its treatments. The opinions expressed are the writers’ own.