Divided Minds: Twin Sisters and Their Journey Through Schizophrenia

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St. Martin's Press #ad - It is one of the most compelling histories of two such siblings in the canon of writing on mental illness. A riveting true story of sisters who were identical, until the voices beganGrowing up in the fifties, Carolyn Spiro was always in the shadow of her more intellectually dominant and socially outgoing twin, Pamela.

But as the twins approached adolescence, pamela began to suffer the initial symptoms of schizophrenia, hearing disembodied voices that haunted her for years and culminated during her freshman year of college at Brown University where she had her first major breakdown and hospitalization. It is a true and unusually frank story of identical twins with very different identities and wildly different experiences of the world around them.

Exceeding everyone's expectations, Carolyn graduated from Harvard Medical School and forged a successful career in psychiatry. Despite pamela's estrangement from the rest of her family, "bonded with the twin glue, the sisters remained very close, " calling each other several times a week and visiting as frequently as possible.

Divided Minds: Twin Sisters and Their Journey Through Schizophrenia #ad - Carolyn continued to believe in the humanity of her sister, not merely in her illness, and Pamela responded. Told in the alternating voices of the sisters, Divided Minds is a heartbreaking account of the far reaches of madness as well as the depths of ambivalence and love between twins. Pamela's illness allowed Carolyn to enter the spotlight that had for so long been focused on her sister.

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Broken Glass: A Family's Journey Through Mental Illness

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University of New Mexico Press #ad - Hine is a distinguished historian retired from UC Riverside and now affiliated with University of California, Irvine. Where i felt helplessness, she very likely felt in happy control. Where i felt sadness and dejection, she very likely felt release and exultation. Where i saw confusion and delusion, she may well have seen purpose and steadiness.

It is solely mine, solely the viewpoint of one man, solely a father's feelings about his daughter. From robert hine's preface to broken glassABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORSRobert V. He is the author of two memoirs, Broken Glass UNM Press and Second Sight, as well as numerous history publications. This is not the story she would tell.

When robert hine's daughter, first showed signs of unhappiness as a little girl, Elene, no one dreamed she would grow up to have a serious personality disorder. In spite of unimaginable difficulties, Elene and her father preserved their relationship and survived. My daughter has given me permission to go ahead with the effort, but I know she would react quite differently to many of the events.

Broken Glass: A Family's Journey Through Mental Illness #ad - Her father, a respected professor of american history at the University of California, to see her through her troubles with delusions, medication, shares the story of his family's struggle to keep Elene on track and functional, and eventually to help her raise her own children. Candid in its portrayal of the suffering Elene and her parents endured and the stumbling efforts of doctors and hospitals, Hine's story is also generous and inspiring.

As an early "baby boomer, " Elene reached adolescence and young womanhood in the midst of the counterculture years.

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The Quiet Room: A Journey Out of the Torment of Madness

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Grand Central Publishing #ad - But against all odds, she survived. In this personal account, she tells how she did it, taking us not only into her own shattered world, but drawing on the words of the doctors who treated her and family members who suffered with her. Six years later she made her first suicide attempt, then wandered the streets of New York City dressed in ragged clothes, tormenting voices crying out in her mind.

The Quiet Room: A Journey Out of the Torment of Madness #ad - . She began an ordeal of hospitalizations, relapses, halfway houses, more suicide attempts, and constant, withering despair. Moving, and ultimately uplifting, harrowing, Lori Schiller's memoir is a classic testimony to the ravages of mental illness and the power of perseverance and courage. At seventeen lori schiller was the perfect child-the only daughter of an affluent, close-knit family.

Lori schiller had entered the horrifying world of full-blown schizophrenia.

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Another Kind of Madness: A Journey Through the Stigma and Hope of Mental Illness

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St. Martin's Press #ad - In another kind of madness, hinshaw explores the burden of living in a family “loaded” with mental illness and debunks the stigma behind it. It’s a masterpiece. A deeply personal memoir calling for an end to the dark shaming of mental illnessFamilies are riddled with untold secrets. He explains that in today’s society, mental health problems still receive utter castigation—too often resulting in the loss of fundamental rights, including the inability to vote or run for office or automatic relinquishment of child custody.

But stephen hinshaw never imagined that a profound secret was kept under lock and key for 18 years within his family—that his father’s mysterious absences, for months at a time, resulted from serious mental illness and involuntary hospitalizations. From the moment his father revealed the truth, during Hinshaw’s first spring break from college, he knew his life would change forever.

Another Kind of Madness: A Journey Through the Stigma and Hope of Mental Illness #ad - Hinshaw calls this revelation his “psychological birth. After years of experiencing the ups and downs of his father’s illness without knowing it existed, Hinshaw began to piece together the silent, often terrifying history of his father’s life—in great contrast to his father’s presence and love during periods of wellness.

Winner: best autobiography/memoir, 2018 best book awards, sponsored by American Book Fest Glenn Close says: "Another Kind of Madness is one of the best books I’ve read about the cost of stigma and silence in a family touched by mental illness. I was profoundly moved by Stephen Hinshaw’s story, written beautifully, from the inside-out.

Through a poignant and moving family narrative, interlaced with shocking facts about how America and the world still view mental health conditions well into in the 21st century, Another Kind of Madness is a passionate call to arms regarding the importance of destigmatizing mental illness.

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Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

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Free Press #ad - Now she was labeled violent, psychotic, a flight risk. An award-winning memoir and instant new york Times bestseller that goes far beyond its riveting medical mystery, Brain on Fire is the powerful account of one woman’s struggle to recapture her identity. When twenty-four-year-old susannah cahalan woke up alone in a hospital room, strapped to her bed and unable to move or speak, she had no memory of how she’d gotten there.

. A fascinating look at the disease that…could have cost this vibrant, faith and love, Brain on Fire is an unforgettable exploration of memory and identity, vital young woman her life” People, and a profoundly compelling tale of survival and perseverance that is destined to become a classic. Days earlier, she had been on the threshold of a new, adult life: at the beginning of her first serious relationship and a promising career at a major New York newspaper.

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness #ad - What happened? in a swift and breathtaking narrative, her family’s inspiring faith in her, Susannah tells the astonishing true story of her descent into madness, and the lifesaving diagnosis that nearly didn’t happen.

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January First: A Child's Descent into Madness and Her Father's Struggle to Save Her

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Broadway Books #ad - Potent psychiatric drugs that would level most adults barely faze her. A new york times bestseller, january First captures Michael and his family's remarkable story in a narrative that forges new territory within books about mental illness. And january is caught in the conflict between our world and their world, a place she calls Calalini.

Some of these hallucinations, ” are friendly and some, like “400 the Cat” and “Wednesday the Rat, like “24 Hours, ” bite and scratch her until she does what they want. They often tell her to scream at strangers, jump out of buildings, and attack her baby brother. At six years old, ” to her family, january Schofield, “Janni, was diagnosed with schizophrenia, one of the worst mental illnesses known to man.

What’s more, doctors say, schizophrenia is 20 to 30 times more severe in children than in adults and in January’s case, she is hallucinating 95 percent of the time that she is awake. Michael schofield’s daughter january is at the mercy of her imaginary friends, except they aren’t the imaginary friends that most young children have; they are hallucinations.

January First: A Child's Descent into Madness and Her Father's Struggle to Save Her #ad - Next, michael’s attempts to rationalize what’s happening, they witnesses early warning signs that something is not right, and his descent alongside his daughter into the abyss of schizophrenia. Their battle has included a two-year search for answers, despair that almost broke their family apart and, finally, countless medications and hospitalizations, allegations of abuse, victories against the illness and a new faith that they can create a life for Janni filled with moments of happiness.

A compelling, unsparing and passionate account, January First vividly details Schofield’s commitment to bring his daughter back from the edge of insanity. It is a father’s soul-baring memoir of the daily struggles and challenges he and his wife face as they do everything they can to help Janni while trying to keep their family together.

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The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness

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Hachette Books #ad - A much-praised memoir of living and surviving mental illness as well as "a stereotype-shattering look at a tenacious woman whose brain is her best friend and her worst enemy" Time. The center cannot hold is the eloquent, from the first time that she heard voices speaking to her as a young teenager, moving story of Elyn's life, to attempted suicides in college, through learning to live on her own as an adult in an often terrifying world.

Evans professor of law, yet she has suffered from schizophrenia for most of her life, Psychiatry, and the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California Law School, Psychology, and still has ongoing major episodes of the illness. This beautifully written memoir is destined to become a classic in its genre.

The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness #ad - Saks discusses frankly the paranoia, the inability to tell imaginary fears from real ones, the voices in her head telling her to kill herself and to harm others, as well as the incredibly difficult obstacles she overcame to become a highly respected professional. Saks is an esteemed professor, lawyer, and psychiatrist and is the Orrin B.

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Perfect Chaos: A Daughter's Journey to Survive Bipolar, a Mother's Struggle to Save Her

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St. Martin's Press #ad - Then the younger daughter, Linea, started experiencing crippling bouts of suicidal depression. It is the story of a daughter's courage, a mother's faith, and the love that carried them through the darkest times. Multiple trips to the psych ward resulted in a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, and it took many trial runs of drugs and ultimately electroshock therapy to bring Linea back.

Perfect Chaos: A Daughter's Journey to Survive Bipolar, a Mother's Struggle to Save Her #ad - . And linea never stopped trying to find her way back to them. Perfect chaos is the story of a mother and daughter's journey through mental illness towards hope. But her family never gave up on her. From initial worrying symptoms to long sleepless nights to cross-country flights and the slow understanding and rebuilding of trust, Perfect Chaos tells Linea and Cinda's harrowing and inspiring story, of an illness that they conquer together every day.

They led busy lives filled with music lessons, career demands, college preparation, and laughter around the dinner table. The johnsons were a close and loving family living in the Seattle area - two parents, two incomes, two bright and accomplished daughters.

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The Dark Side of Innocence: Growing Up Bipolar

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Atria Books #ad - There’s something wrong with her, ” her mother would whisper, her voice quivering on the edge of despair. She was pretty and smart, an academic superstar and popular cheerleader whose father doted on her. And indeed there was, although no one had a name for it yet. But when i was seven, the odds felt insurmountable.

As a young girl, Terri Cheney’s life looked perfect. But it didn’t tell the whole story. The mystery of terri’s childhood remained untouched— too troubling, too painful to fathom. Thirty years later, terri wrote Manic, a harrowing memoir that revealed her adult struggle with bipolar disorder. The dark side of innocence provides a heart-rending, groundbreaking insider’s look into the fascinating and frightening world of childhood bipolar disorder, an illness that affects a staggering one million children.

The Dark Side of Innocence: Growing Up Bipolar #ad - It became an instant New York Times bestseller and received passionate critical acclaim. This poignant and compelling story of Terri’s journey from disaster and despair to hope and survival will serve as an informative and eye-opening tale for those who would trust a flawless facade. The dark side of innocence explores those tumultuous formative years, finally shattering Terri’s well-guarded secret.

Hostage to her roller-coaster moods, Terri veered from easy A-pluses to total paralysis, from bouts of obsessive hypersexuality to episodes of alcoholic abandon that nearly cost her her life. Killing yourself at any age is a seriously tricky business.

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Resilience: Two Sisters and a Story of Mental Illness

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Grand Central Publishing #ad - Jessie was devastated to discover that mental illness was passed on to her son Calen, but getting him help at long last helped Jessie to heal as well. Jessie and her three siblings, including actress Glenn Close, spent many years in the Moral Re-Armament cult. She fought to raise her children despite her ever worsening mental conditions and under the strain of damaged romantic relationships.

. Jessie passed her childhood in new york, and finally Los Angeles, Connecticut, Zaire now the Democratic Republic of Congo, Switzerland, where her life quickly became unmanageable. Her sister glenn and certain members of their family tried to be supportive throughout the ups and downs, and Glenn's vignettes in RESILIENCE provide an alternate perspective on Jessie's life as it began to spiral out of control.

With new york times bestselling author and pulitzer Prize finalist Pete Earley, with the encouragement of her sister and others, she tells of finally discovering the treatment she needs and, the emotional fortitude to bring herself back from the edge. She was just fifteen years old. Jessie's emerging mental illness led her into a life of addictions, five failed marriages, and to the brink of suicide.

Resilience: Two Sisters and a Story of Mental Illness #ad - Eleven years later, sister, Jessie is a productive member of society and a supportive daughter, mother, and grandmother. At a young age, jessie close struggled with symptoms that would transform into severe bipolar disorder in her early twenties, but she was not properly diagnosed until the age of fifty.

In resilience, jessie dives into the dark and dangerous shadows of mental illness without shying away from its horror and turmoil.

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Loud in the House of Myself: Memoir of a Strange Girl

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W. W. Norton & Company #ad - . An utterly unique journey down some of the mind’s more mysterious byways. Ranges from the shocking to the simply lovely. Marya hornbacherstacy pershall grew up as an overly intelligent, deeply strange girl in Prairie Grove, Arkansas, depressed, population 1, 000. From her days as a thirteen-year-old jesus freak through her eventual diagnosis of bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder, this spirited memoir chronicles Pershall’s journey through hell and her struggle with the mental health care system.

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