Broken Glass: A Family's Journey Through Mental Illness

Broken Glass: A Family's Journey Through Mental Illness

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by Robert V. Hine
     
 

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When Robert Hine's daughter, Elene, first showed signs of unhappiness as a little girl, no one dreamed she would grow up to have a serious personality disorder. As an early 'baby boomer', Elene reached adolescence and young womanhood in the midst of the counterculture years. Her father, a respected professor of American history at the University of California,

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When Robert Hine's daughter, Elene, first showed signs of unhappiness as a little girl, no one dreamed she would grow up to have a serious personality disorder. As an early 'baby boomer', Elene reached adolescence and young womanhood in the midst of the counterculture years. Her father, a respected professor of American history at the University of California, shares the story of his family's struggle to keep Elene on track and functional, to see her through her troubles with delusions, medication, and eventually to help her raise her own children.

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Reviewer: Susan Richardson, MA, PsyD (Private Practice)
Description: This is a candid account of a daughter's mental illness told by her father, Robert Hines, a university professor.
Purpose: The book seeks to share the story of the Hines family and how they battled mental illness as it entered their lives. The survival of the family and the relationship between this particular father and daughter is the heart of the story.
Audience: It has a wide audience: students, practitioners, and educators would all benefit from this book, but it is most likely to be appreciated by the lay readers, those with similar heartbreak who seek inspiration. The author's story is difficult to tell and no one else could have presented this story as personally as he did.
Features: The story is heartbreaking at times, as the family struggles to understand and cope with their daughter's difficulties and bizarre behaviors. Getting proper diagnoses and treatments are frustrating for them, and others with similar experiences are sure to feel these words jumping off the pages at them.
Assessment: This well written book shows the courage of the author as he candidly shares his painful experiences and explores his own shortcomings in handling a highly difficult disorder in his only child. Other family memoirs are available for the interested reader with similar backgrounds, such as Berger's We Heard the Angels of Madness (Harper, 1992) and Danielle Steel's tribute to her late son, His Bright Light (Delta, 2000). The Hines family story is a well written addition to this collection.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826339973
Publisher:
University of New Mexico Press
Publication date:
09/28/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
214
Sales rank:
945,232
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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