Finally Out: Letting Go of Living Straight, a Psychiatrist’s Own Story
Loren A Olson, M.D.
inGroup Press (2011)
Reviewed by Carol Hoyer, PhD, for Reader Views (5/11)
“Finally Out” is a great memoir from Dr. Olson about coming out at the age of forty. Typically the general population is more aware of young adults and teens that come out. However, there is a population of men and women who try to maintain a sense of “normalcy” by living two lives so others won’t know.
This book is filled with information on general human sexuality, and sexual attractions that do not fit what some of society considers appropriate. Dr. Olson is direct, honest and open about the struggles he went through. His amazing ability to describe his thought process and emotional battles will provide great insight into how difficult it is.
In addition, he gives excellent information on the legal and social changes that have occurred in the past few decades.
“Finally Out: Letting Go of Living Straight, a Psychiatrist’s Own Story” is an excellent book for anyone, including professionals, to learn about the emotional roller coaster that these individuals go through. Dr. Olson gives readers a better understanding of the gay and lesbian population by giving readers the opportunity to learn more about how the process of coming out impacts not only the individual, but family and society as well.