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Growing Up With A Schizophrenic Mother

Author : Margaret J. Brown
ISBN : 0786480300
Genre : Social Science
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An estimated two to three million people in the United States today were raised by a schizophrenic parent. Brown and Roberts offer a unique book based on interviews with over forty adult children of mothers diagnosed as schizophrenic. Such topics as the isolation their family felt, their chaotic home environments, their present relationships with their mothers, and the lost potential of mother and child are covered. Their stories are fascinating and provide important information to both the mental health community and the lay public. The offspring have been described as having higher rates of "increased aggressivity" and "sibling conflict," but often their circumstances strengthened these children and contributed to artistic and creative talents, resiliency, and high achievements. The authors provide an overview of schizophrenia, behaviors of the affected parent, and the marital relationship of the patient and her non-schizophrenic spouse. As adults, the respondents now share their grievances about the psychological community--what they needed and did not get. Brown and Roberts then present suggestions for treatment of affected children aimed at psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, counselors, and health care providers.

Daughters Of Madness

Author : Susan Nathiel
ISBN : 0275990427
Genre : Psychology
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Including interviews with women from a variety of backgrounds who grew up with mentally ill mothers, this book explains how the experience can thwart a daughter's needed developmental milestones, and includes steps that such daughters or the ones who love them can take to heal that damage and protect their own mental health.

My Mother S Keeper

Author : Tara E. Holley
ISBN : 0380723026
Genre : Psychology
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Separated from her mother at an early age, Tara Elgin Holley became her mother's legal guardian at age 16 and set about trying to rescue the blonde fairy princess she remembered from the shambling street person her mother had become. An inspiring story of one woman's struggle to struggle through the pain to reach a better understanding of her mother, herself and a devastating mental illness.

Rescuing Patty Hearst

Author : Virginia Holman
ISBN : 9780743258456
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In 1975, one year after Patty Hearst and her captors robbed Hibernia National Bank, a second kidnapping took place far from the glare of the headlines. Virginia Holman's mother, in the thrall of psychosis, spirited her two daughters to a cottage on the Virginia Peninsula, painted the windows black, and set up the house as a MASH unit for a secret war. A war that never came. The family -- captive to her mother's schizophrenia and a legal system that refused to intervene -- remained there for more than three years. "What sets this book apart," the Hartford Courant observed, "is Virginia's voice...brave, smart, tough." Reviewers nationwide have praised Holman's "riveting," "endearing," and "wryly humorous" story of a young girl caught in the whirlwind of madness -- a girl who chooses a brainwashed heiress as her role model. Holman's memoir vividly and brilliantly evokes the interior worlds of the sane and the insane and the delicate membrane in between. An essential exploration of identity, captivity, and love, Rescuing Patty Hearst will inspire readers' faith in the resilience of one family's spirit to survive and thrive even in the direst of circumstances.

My Parent S Keeper

Author : Eva Marian Brown
ISBN : UOM:39015055824091
Genre : Family & Relationships
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This is a comforting, supportive guide to creating safety and confidence in one's adult life--warmly and affirmingly written by a therapist who has devoted her life to helping others who had a childhood as chaotic as her own.

The Memory Palace

Author : Mira Bartok
ISBN : 1439183333
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In the tradition of The Glass Castle, two sisters confront schizophrenia in this poignant literary memoir about family and mental illness. Through stunning prose and original art, The Memory Palace captures the love between mother and daughter, the complex meaning of truth, and family’s capacity for forgiveness “People have abandoned their loved ones for much less than you’ve been through,” Mira Bartók is told at her mother’s memorial service. It is a poignant observation about the relationship between Mira, her sister, and their mentally ill mother. Before she was struck with schizophrenia at the age of nineteen, beautiful piano protégé Norma Herr had been the most vibrant personality in the room. She loved her daughters and did her best to raise them well, but as her mental state deteriorated, Norma spoke less about Chopin and more about Nazis and her fear that her daughters would be kidnapped, murdered, or raped. When the girls left for college, the harassment escalated—Norma called them obsessively, appeared at their apartments or jobs, threatened to kill herself if they did not return home. After a traumatic encounter, Mira and her sister were left with no choice but to change their names and sever all contact with Norma in order to stay safe. But while Mira pursued her career as an artist—exploring the ancient romance of Florence, the eerie mysticism of northern Norway, and the raw desert of Israel—the haunting memories of her mother were never far away. Then one day, a debilitating car accident changes Mira’s life forever. Struggling to recover from a traumatic brain injury, she was confronted with a need to recontextualize her life—she had to relearn how to paint, read, and interact with the outside world. In her search for a way back to her lost self, Mira reached out to the homeless shelter where she believed her mother was living and discovered that Norma was dying. Mira and her sister traveled to Cleveland, where they shared an extraordinary reconciliation with their mother that none of them had thought possible. At the hospital, Mira discovered a set of keys that opened a storage unit Norma had been keeping for seventeen years. Filled with family photos, childhood toys, and ephemera from Norma’s life, the storage unit brought back a flood of previous memories that Mira had thought were lost to her forever.

Mad House

Author : Clea Simon
ISBN : UOM:39015041044648
Genre : Psychology
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A woman with two schizophrenic siblings combines her story with the stories of other people who have grown up with mentally ill siblings and discusses such topics as guilt, fear, and caring for a sibling. National ad/promo. Tour.

This Mean Disease

Author : Daniel Becker
ISBN : 9780936077505
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The author recalls his mother's struggle with anorexia and her eventual death from the disease, recalling a childhood filled with memories of trips to the hospital, bizarre behavior, and a crippling obsession with food. Original.

Saving Millie

Author : Tina Kotulski
ISBN : 0977911519
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The daughter of a woman diagnosed with schizophrenia recounts her childhood with a mentally ill mother and her efforts to understand her mother's condition.

A Gift Of Grace

Author : Bea Weatherly
ISBN : 9781456885649
Genre : Psychology
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Imagine this: There's a family of three beautiful, gifted children, enjoying life to its fullest. Suddenly... schizophrenia: a mental disorder characterized by an inability to separate real from unreal experiences... slowly takes residence and shatters the home. Years of darkness descend, bringing torrential pain and anguish. The family struggles to convince son and brother to take prescription meds, not the street drugs. He complies haphazardly, continually being led by his voices, making a plethora of dark choices. Personal inner strength battles for him. The love of family catapult him, time after time, after time... into the light...until...with the passage of seasons, his spirit is uplifted! He seizes control of his own destiny and today...he confronts the challenge of building a healthy life, multi-tasking the strife of mental illness, addictions and his true heart’s desire to use his gifts and live out loud! A Gift of Grace: A Mother’s Journey Through Her Son’s Schizophrenia will boost optimism and support for people affected by mental illness and/or addictions, share pain and triumph with parents, while enlightening other readers with insight and comfort as they grapple with their own set of challenges.

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