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Accuracy Notice:

Memoir Madness: Driven to Involuntary Commitment is a work of nonfiction.

However, some names and/or minor characteristics of real people have been changed to protect their privacy.

Nicknames have been used for some real people, most notably, Stoney.

Some minor locales have been changed. The Crystal Ship was a real rock/head shop, but the name and locale have been changed.

For coherence and literary purposes, some passages have been compressed, expanded, or shifted around. Some scenes and dialogue have been recreated.

The timelines, late 1968 to May 9, 1969, April 2002, and August 2004 are accurate, and the facts of the case are correct, including the amount of time the memoirist spent in the Cherokee Mental Health Institute in Cherokee, Iowa.

Events for which the memoirist has no documentation and/or memory of exact dates have been presented as flashbacks.

Minor factual errors, albeit unintentional, are the memoirist’s alone. 


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