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How and Why I Came to Write A Lethal Inheritance...
I began this book project with the premise that the world didn't need another memoir of mental illness -- unless I could find a novel and useful reason for sharing the intimate details of what had been the worst decade of my life.
After dealing in 1998 with the diagnosis of my eldest son Alex at age seventeen with paranoid schizophrenia, I then confronted my own lifelong depression followed rapidly by my youngest son's depression and anxiety disorder -- while navigating the emotional and practical fallout. Nothing prepares you for such an unraveling -- particularly when you come from a family steeped in denial, addiction, and hidden mental illness, as mine was. Eventually I would see that these historical family dysfunctions and secrets were as central to the story I had to tell as were the present-day diagnoses, and treatment decisions I was encountering.
This is how I came to the decision to use my own family going back three generations as a case study on how mental illness and addiction traverse families.
From the book:
I've learned three important lessons on my journey through mental illness. First, that I've done things in the wrong order. If we, as parents, get treatment for our own psychological or addiction issues, our children will suffer far less mental illness. If they're already struggling with a mental health challenge, we'll be of much greater help to them. That leads to my second discovery: intervening sooner for a mental health problem is better than picking up the pieces later -- for everyone. Lastly, I've learned that although we're each born with inherited liabilities and assets, throughout our lives our minds become largely what we make of them. Put simply, nurture can trump nature.
Once we get these three things, the game has changed, and we're living in the prevention model of mental wellness where healthy minds rule.
To read an excerpt: alethalinheritance.com/about-the-book/excerpt/
This book is a combination memoir and compilation on medical studies on mental illness. I did not enjoy the way it was organized and hoped for more memoir and less clinical... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kindle Customer
Beware if all you want is a good story. This is more than that. Costello has done an amazing amount of research into the genetics, expression, diagnosis, and treatment of the... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Janice Kvale
Close to finishing this book. Story of my life on many levels. More often than not severely mentally ill persons are unable to avail themselves of treatment. Read morePublished 10 months ago by fiona craig
A great read of a parent and her children in the mind field of mental illness. Book is an easy read. Is worth the purchase and I will read the book over and over again.Published 12 months ago by grace
Recommended for anyone and everyone who has experienced addiction and or mental illness in their family. For some, it may be too close to the heart, reading this woman's story. Read morePublished 15 months ago by maria miriam
This book is most informative about a mother's journey of discovery about her ancestors and their illnesses and how that inheritance has affected her own health and that of her two... Read morePublished 21 months ago by C. J. Everett
The author tells her story with love and compassion. I found it especially comforting, having lived for years with someone in the family with mental illness. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Caroline McGirr
I'll need to read this book again to grasp all the information there is to consider. However as a family member
who is watching others go through addiction and depression... Read more