Breaking the Silence: Mental Health Professionals Disclose Their Personal and Family Experiences of Mental Illness

Breaking the Silence: Mental Health Professionals Disclose Their Personal and Family Experiences of Mental Illness

by Stephen P. Hinshaw
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195320263

ISBN-13: 9780195320268

Pub. Date: 01/08/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

People with mental illness are far too often subjected to discrimination and unfair treatment. It is particularly unfortunate that much of this stigmatization comes from the very people they depend upon for help—those in the mental health professions. Too many practitioners and scientists maintain "us-versus-them" attitudes and are extremely

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People with mental illness are far too often subjected to discrimination and unfair treatment. It is particularly unfortunate that much of this stigmatization comes from the very people they depend upon for help—those in the mental health professions. Too many practitioners and scientists maintain "us-versus-them" attitudes and are extremely reluctant to admit any personal or family experiences of mental illness. This culture of concealment must change, and this book will change it. A groundbreaking collection of moving and inspiring stories of serious mental disorder from trainees, clinicians, and scientists in the mental-health professionals, Breaking the Silence is the first book to reveal the deep commonalities between patients and professionals. With an unprecedented level of honesty and disclosure, the contributors tell their own and their families' stories of mental disorder. Renowned psychologist Steve Hinshaw—who previously disclosed his own family's struggles with misdiagnosed bipolar disorder and who has synthesized the world literature on the stigma of mental illness—integrates, synthesizes, and provides perspective on these revealing stories. As they relate their personal and family histories, the contributors also describe the serious impairments that can accrue, the strength and courage that can be derived, and the influence these experiences have had on their own decisions to enter the mental health field. Moving in its honesty, frank in its disclosures, and sensitive in its portrayals, Breaking the Silence will be a beacon for those in the mental health professions, trainees across the many related fields, family members, and anyone who is dealing with mental illness. Its stark stories of pain, denial, and impairment, along with its clear messages of hope, courage, and resilience, will inspire for years to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195320268
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/08/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
701,464
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.40(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction. Stephen P. Hinshaw
1. My Story is one of Loss, Laura B. Mason
2. Finding my Mind, Ruth White
3. A Field Agent in our Midst, Tara Peris
4. Laura's Story: Making Sense of and Deriving Meaning from her Life with Mental Illness, Elizabeth B. Owens
5. In My Voice: Speaking out about Mental Health and Stigma, Jeffrey Liew
6. Columbus Day, 1994: A New World, Kay S. Browne
7. The Meaning of Mental Health (and Other LessonsLearned), Mark S. Atkins
8. Memories of Parental Decompensation, Theodore P. Beauchaine
9. Weeping Mother, Jarralynne Agee
10. The Game with No Rules: A Sibling Confronts Mental Illness, Jessica Borelli
11. Reverberations, Peter E. Nathan
12. "He Just Can't Help It": My Struggle with My Father's Struggle with Bipolar Disorder, Esme A. Londahl-Shaller
13. Performing Human, Janet Lucas
14. The Legacy of Loss: Depression as a Family Affair, Carolyn Zahn-Waxler
Closing Thoughts. Stephen Hinshaw

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