The Years of Silence are Past: My Father's Life with Bipolar Disorder by Stephen P. Hinshaw, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
The Years of Silence are Past: My Father's Life with Bipolar Disorder

The Years of Silence are Past: My Father's Life with Bipolar Disorder

by Stephen P. Hinshaw
     
 
This work presents the life history of a philosopher who experienced severe, recurrent, and misdiagnosed mental disorder. The compelling narrative portrays the father's seventy-five years: his childhood and adolescence, his high levels of achievement, intermixed with recurrent episodes and brutal hospitalizations, his marriage and family life, his tenderness as a

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This work presents the life history of a philosopher who experienced severe, recurrent, and misdiagnosed mental disorder. The compelling narrative portrays the father's seventy-five years: his childhood and adolescence, his high levels of achievement, intermixed with recurrent episodes and brutal hospitalizations, his marriage and family life, his tenderness as a father, and his gradual decline following years of maltreated bipolar disorder. Themes of self-image, resilience, causes of serious mental disorder, accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment, and linkages between social context and mental disturbance are intermixed with the narrative. Alternately harrowing and uplifting, this work captures the experience of growing up in a family with severe mental illness as well as the courage and dignity that can emanate from mental disorder. This poignant work will be of strong interest to the public at large and to those in the mental health fields.

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"Stephen P. Hinshaw has done a courageous thing in writing The Years of Silence are Past. By revealing his father's struggle with mental illness, he has created a kind of mirror in which many will be able to see their own lives and the lives of their loved ones." - Joe Taleroski
Publishers Weekly
Academic psychologist Hinshaw has skillfully woven both autobiography and biography into this moving and instructive account of his father's mental illness. The book opens with several endearing photographs of his father, from youth to parenthood. But the photos don't reveal the pain: while in the 12th grade in 1936, Hinshaw's father, Virgil (or Junior, as he's called), had jumped off his family's roof in a crazed attempt to save the world. After almost a year of starving himself in a county institution, Junior rebounded to attend Stanford, the University of Iowa and Princeton. Readers then see him living two lives, one full of achievements-meeting with Albert Einstein, working as a philosophy professor at Ohio State, forming a lasting marriage and fathering two children-and the other full of unexpected moments of profound depression and sometimes delusion, which lead him, misdiagnosed, to institutionalization. Sheltered from this family secret until his college days, Hinshaw explains how the silence from his father's absences hung in the air like a toxin. After his father finally shared his suffering with his son, they began years of healing talks about the disorder. Throughout this tender narrative, readers learn about the symptoms that distinguish bipolar disorder from schizophrenia, as well as its possible causes and treatments. Hinshaw's work offers an in-depth look at this illness while celebrating the resilience of a man facing a world of extremes. (Nov.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521817806
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/01/2002
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.29(h) x 0.87(d)

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