Another Kind of Madness: A Journey Through the Stigma and Hope of Mental Illness

Another Kind of Madness: A Journey Through the Stigma and Hope of Mental Illness

by Stephen Hinshaw
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Another Kind of Madness: A Journey Through the Stigma and Hope of Mental Illness by Stephen Hinshaw

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 family—that 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 life—in 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 castigation—too 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250113368
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 06/20/2017
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 20,877
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.

Table of Contents

Prefac ix

Introduction 1

1 Sunday Dinner at the Willard 9

2 Out in California 26

3 The Midnight Drive 44

4 The View from Right Field 65

5 Miracles of Modern Medicine 81

6 The CBS Evening News 99

7 New England 123

8 The Iron Suit 141

9 Dawn 155

10 The Thought Experiment 177

11 A Deeper Layer 196

12 Progressive Decline 209

13 The End and the Beginning 228

14 The Rest of My Life 243

Epilogue 259

Acknowledgments 265

Index of Medical Terms 269

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
SIA More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can very much relate to Dr. Hinshaw's experience because a number of my friends and family have struggled with with various forms of mental illness. Some have been reluctant to seek help due to embarrassment, thinking they should handle it all on their own, wariness regarding the available treatment options, or other reasons. Personal narratives--such as Dr. Hinshaw's book--help to put a human face on mental illness, and will hopefully help to improve understanding and reduce stigma.