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Glenn Close says: "Another Kind of Madness is one of the best books I’ve read about the cost of stigma and silence in a family touched by mental illness. I was profoundly moved by Stephen Hinshaw’s story, written beautifully, from the inside-out. It’s a masterpiece."
A deeply personal memoir calling for an end to the dark shaming of mental illness
Families are riddled with untold secrets. But Stephen Hinshaw never imagined that a profound secret was kept under lock and key for 18 years within his familythat his father’s mysterious absences, for months at a time, resulted from serious mental illness and involuntary hospitalizations. From the moment his father revealed the truth, during Hinshaw’s first spring break from college, he knew his life would change forever.
Hinshaw calls this revelation his “psychological birth.” After years of experiencing the ups and downs of his father’s illness without knowing it existed, Hinshaw began to piece together the silent, often terrifying history of his father’s lifein great contrast to his father’s presence and love during periods of wellness. This exploration led to larger discoveries about the family saga, to Hinshaw’s correctly diagnosing his father with bipolar disorder, and to his full-fledged career as a clinical and developmental psychologist and professor.
In Another Kind of Madness, Hinshaw explores the burden of living in a family “loaded” with mental illness and debunks the stigma behind it. He explains that in today’s society, mental health problems still receive utter castigationtoo often resulting in the loss of fundamental rights, including the inability to vote or run for office or automatic relinquishment of child custody. Through a poignant and moving family narrative, interlaced with shocking facts about how America and the world still view mental health conditions well into in the 21st century, Another Kind of Madness is a passionate call to arms regarding the importance of destigmatizing mental illness.
|Publisher:||St. Martin's Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Stephen Hinshaw is a professor of psychology at UC Berkeley and the Vice-Chair of Psychology at UC San Francisco. Hinshaw is the author of The Mark of Shame: Stigma of Mental Illness and an Agenda for Change (Oxford, 2007), the first book in the U.S. on mental illness stigma. His research has been covered in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, among others. He lives in Berkeley, CA.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Well-written and poignant! This is a powerful and immensely courageous account about the impact of mental illness not only on individuals but on so many family members, friends, and colleagues. With so much of the population affected by mental disorders, voices like these allow us to share in this common experience. It is this kind of vulnerability that will help us heal individually and socially.
A thoughtful, timely, and moving book regarding mental illness and stigma. After I read it, the very first thought that came to mind was: had this book come out a few years earlier, I would have been motivated to start a much needed conversation with my father before he passed away. Stephen Hinshaw touches on a topic that affects more of us than most people might know, and so many are ashamed to have these conversations or seek help. Hinshaw's story is personal and powerful. In looking at news/media, sports, and entertainment, it seems like this tide is starting to turn, with more and more people opening up with their own stories. Hopefully others will read Hinshaw's story and will be more willing to talk with loved ones, seek treatment, and help reduce this horrible stigma.