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Mad House: Growing Up in the Shadow of Mentally Ill Siblings Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 1998
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You might be wondering about my "Dogs Don't Lie." Yup, it's got a dog in it, and many of the Pru Marlowe books feature other animals. But Pru, an animal psychic, couldn't function without her sidekick, an irascible tabby named Wallis. They both appear in "Cats Can't Shoot," "Parrots Prove Deadly," and the latest Pru "Panthers Play for Keeps," and "Kittens Can Kill." (Look for "When Bunnies Go Bad" in March 2016! All from Poisoned Pen Press) Meanwhile, I hope you are enjoying my Theda Krakow series - "Mew is for Murder," "Cattery Row," "Cries and Whiskers," or "Probable Claws" - and my Dulcie Schwartz series (think cats AND ghosts!) with "Shades of Grey," "Grey Matters," "Grey Zone," "Grey Expectations," "True Grey," "Grey Howl," "Stages of Grey," and "Code Grey" (all from Severn House). Or perhaps we share some family issues, and you're looking at "Mad House" or "Fatherless Women." Or maybe you just love cats and are interested in my "The Feline Mystique." At any rate, good to meet you! I'm a writer and journalist, an avid reader, and am looking forward to making this page lively and fun.
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Clea's sister Katherine/Althea appears to be the most unstable. She, too, started showing signs of the illness in late adolescence and was barely able to fight her psychosis and finish high school. She lived from hospital to halfway house, never really finding her niche. Her erratic behavior precluded her from staying at halfway houses and in one memorable account in the book, a landlady requested that her parents come and collect her after she defecated on a mattress. She remained a "living" casualty of mental illness; at the close of the book, Clea did not even know where she was.
Clea is a strong voice, a strong advocate for the families of the mentally ill. Her poignant book is yet another reminder that mental illness is often a family illness because of the tragic impact it has on non-mentally ill members.
Clea Simon does a terrific job portraying the stress and chaos mentally ill siblings can cause and the far-reaching effects this can have on well family members. In her case, she had a brother and sister with schizophrenia, and her sympathetic yet realistic depiction of life under such circumstances is fascinating, informative and clearly thoroughly researched. Her knowledge of the topic enables her to speak intelligently and cogently about very disturbing emotions, such as the overwhelming fear that she, too, would contract this dreaded disease.
Part of what is best about this book is that Simon speaks to a wide range of people who have also grown up or dealt with schizophrenic siblings, and the candid, personal and touching perspectives they provide complements Simon's own experience. It is truly fascinating how many of the 'healthy' siblings have found their way into the mental health profession, enabling them to 'help' their sick brothers and sisters in a variety of ways, however indirectly.
I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in family dynamics, mental illness or for anyone who grew up with someone who exhibited anti-social, destructive behavior. The wide array of response to such situations are well-documented and described, and it is quite a relief to find one's own experiences echoed in those of others. But there's a great deal here worthwhile for those simply interested in the topic, and in the heart-wrenching effects mental illness can have on those who care about and for those stricken with the disease.
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I turn to Clea Simon to understand my own family. I read “Fatherless Women” and as she wrote in that book about the women and the loss of our fathers, it hurt to remember the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by M.A. De Neve
So wonderful to realize how many others out there have the stress of dealing with a mentally ill sibling.
Very helpful book
I actually didn't even finish reading it. I thought it was a story not an actual biography. But that was my fault because i didn't read the description all the way through. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Sherri Nelson
helped me understand the experience of my other two offspring, living with a sibling with mental distress - gave each a copy after reading it myself.Published 15 months ago by Baobab
I thought this was a very good book about growing up with schizophrenic siblings and how it impacted the author's life. Read morePublished on January 23, 2014 by Karen Kelco
This well drawn memoir explores a topic underappreciated in both professional and general literature: what becomes of the brothers and sisters whose lives are touched by others'... Read morePublished on October 15, 2013 by letters2mary
I just read this book and I am dissapointed. While it tells a good story, it also jumps back n forth alot, using examples from other "siblings", therapists, etc. Read morePublished on September 19, 2013 by Drew
I could really relate to this book! I wish more like this had been written. So few people understand what it's like to have a mentally ill sibling. Read morePublished on August 21, 2013 by Alora E.
This book worked as therapy for me. Having not share anything to anyone about my bipolar sister's condition and effects it has on the family, this book provided an outlet for all... Read morePublished on August 10, 2012 by jbos