Follow the explosive page-turning story of Mark Black and his family from Oklahoma who in the 1970s, were thrust into a harsh world of psychiatric abuse facilitated by well-meaning but overzealous school administrators and psychiatric professionals driven by a misguided approach to adolescent mental health treatment. Mark’s tale starts with the promise of a full life ahead, documents his demise as powerful psychotropic drugs alter his entire existence; then navigates the toughest US mental health and prison systems to find redemption and unlikely friendships with American organized crime figures John Gotti and Greg DePalma. What makes Mark’s story incredible, is that he is the only long-term documented case of this type of psychiatric abuse, as he has his records from when he was put into the hands of child psychologists, all the way to when he kicked all drugs and graduated college.
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