A Hidden Madness

A Hidden Madness

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by James T.R. Jones
     
 

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'A Hidden Madness' tells the story of an accomplished individual who has reached the pinnacle of his profession despite suffering for over thirty years from the severe mental illness bipolar disorder. He has done so mostly in silence because of fear of stigma. Extreme childhood bullying helped cause his condition, which has seen him hospitalized five times in…  See more details below

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'A Hidden Madness' tells the story of an accomplished individual who has reached the pinnacle of his profession despite suffering for over thirty years from the severe mental illness bipolar disorder. He has done so mostly in silence because of fear of stigma. Extreme childhood bullying helped cause his condition, which has seen him hospitalized five times in psychiatric facilities for periods as long as six months. It is an eye-opening voyage through the little-understood realm of severe mental illness featuring its powerful medications, periodic hospitalizations, often rocky relationships, and light as well as dark moments.

The story offers both real hope for those afflicted by serious mental illness and deep insight into their many symptoms, numerous drugs, periodic crises, and potential triumphs. It shows that by being compliant with a medical regimen of therapy and medication, getting help and support from others with the same illness, benefiting from a loving family, discovering coping mechanisms to get through every day, having caring and understanding friends, and being too stubborn to let a disease ruin his life one can enjoy a successful and fulfilling professional and personal life.

As a member of the faculty of the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville, he wrote a series of seven articles about using tort law to force law enforcement officials and medical professionals to report domestic violence to the appropriate authorities and has been recognized as a national expert on this important social issue. In 2008 he ended twenty-two years of secrecy about his disease at the Brandeis School of Law and twenty-eight years overall when he wrote the article “Walking the Tightrope of Bipolar Disorder: The Secret Life of a Law Professor” that was published in the leading peer-reviewed journal in legal education. The article generated an enormous positive response, as did pieces that appeared in public media in the Louisville area. Since 2008 he has spoken extensively about “Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment” and is widely recognized for his award-winning mental health advocacy efforts. He now serves on the Boards of four local and national groups that focus on mental health and the way society treats those with serious mental illness. He has been happily married to attorney Kathleen Murphy Jones since 1997 and has two wonderful daughters.

'A Hidden Madness' includes a foreword by Elyn R. Saks, author of the acclaimed New York Times bestseller 'The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness' and winner of a 2009 MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant." Saks, who is a professor at the Gould School of Law at the University of Southern California and suffers from schizophrenia, is the only other law professor in the United States publicly to acknowledge having a severe mental illness.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940014334730
Publisher:
Quid Pro, LLC
Publication date:
03/11/2012
Series:
Journeys & Memoirs Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
361,740
File size:
323 KB

Meet the Author

James T. R. Jones earned an undergraduate degree with highest distinction from the University of Virginia and a law degree with honors from Duke University School of Law, where he served on the Editorial Board of the Duke Law Journal and graduated second in his class. He worked for an elite law firm on Wall Street, clerked for a judge on the United States Court of Appeals, and was a finalist for a clerkship with the then-Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. He taught for a year at the Law School of the University of Chicago, and since 1986 has taught at the University of Louisville.

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A Hidden Madness 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Grady1GH More than 1 year ago
'One is who one is.' James T.R. Jones has taken that step that hopefully will provide an example of courage for many. Born into a situation of having a bipolar disorder that was not diagnosed until much later in his life, he endure the isolation of being `different' form his peers, a condition that encouraged him to achieve academically - he not only made it through grade school and highschool but went on to earn an undergraduate degree with highest distinction from the University of Virginia and a law degree with honors from Duke University School of Law, where he served on the Editorial Board of the Duke Law Journal and graduated second in his class. After years of psychotherapy and medication that more or less allowed him to live as `normal' a life as one who is essentially broken, Jones elected to end his secrecy and to come out as a man afflicted with bipolar disorder, a statement made in law journals that he knew just may end his career as a lawyer. In 2008 he ended twenty-two years of secrecy about his disease at the Brandeis School of Law and twenty-eight years overall when he wrote the article "Walking the Tightrope of Bipolar Disorder: The Secret Life of a Law Professor" that was published in the leading peer-reviewed journal in legal education. All of this is history. What Jones brings to this compelling book is the personal response he felt throughout his years as a secret bipolar personality. The pain, the humiliation, the embarrassment, the constant treat of `losing it' among his acquaintances - all of this he is able to relate with a surprising amount of well-rounded perspective. There are passages in A HIDDEN MADNESS where Jones explains his manic episodes in the classroom as a teacher that would make a fine cinematic comedy! He is just that fine a writer: take moments of behavior controlled by his illness and place them in a setting where they become exceedingly entertaining reading. But there are equal pages where Jones allows us to feel the angst of being without friends, with aborted attempts to have relationships, with the painful struggles of living a life on the tightrope, wondering when the opposite ends of the pole of his illness would manifest. There is more information in this book about the treatment and the inner workings of Bipolar Disorder than in medical texts delivered in a familiar yet elegant prose style that endears the author to us. For example, `In summary, Dr. Hartman anticipated a number of the issues in my life including my bouts with depression and its impact on my ability to work, my difficulty getting along with people, my dependence on others, my powerlessness to deal realistically with real-world issues, my inability to handle criticism appropriately, my ruminating over problems, and above all my physiological reaction to life's stressors.' That about sums up the life Jones led until his strength of character to `go public' with his malady and in doing so provide a path down which others with Bipolar Disorder could more comfortably walk. James T.R. Jones is now widely recognized for his award-winning mental health advocacy efforts. He now serves on the Boards of four local and national groups that focus on mental health and the way society treats those with serious mental illness. He is a pioneer and he is also a wonderful writer! Grady Harp
Anonymous More than 1 year ago