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Another Kind of Madness: A Journey Through the Stigma and Hope of Mental Illness Hardcover – June 20, 2017
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"This heartfelt memoir shares insights into the effects of mental illness on all involved." ―Booklist
"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." ―Glenn Close, award-winning actor and founder of Bring Change 2 Mind
"Stephen Hinshaw’s insightful memoir chronicles the effect of his father's lifelong bipolar disorder on the whole family. But the real subject is the crippling impact of hiding the disorder ― even from the children ― for decades. Another Kind of Madness is a revealing, personal, and poignant look at the stigma surrounding mental illness that, even today, delays effective diagnosis and treatment, undermines research, creates misunderstanding, and imposes misery on millions." ―Harold S Koplewicz, MD, President, Child Mind Institute
"Smart, well-written and genuinely informative books that capture what it's like to love and live with a person with bipolar disorder are all but non-existent. Or were until now. Stephen Hinshaw's memoir of growing up in a home infused by the stresses -- and secrets -- of a father's long-misdiagnosed mental illness is alternately poignant and painful, yet always on the mark. With remarkable honesty and unflinching immediacy, he allows us to accompany him as he grows from a frightened child to a determined advocate and healer, taking on illness and stigma alike while wrestling with the residue of his complex family legacy. This book is a must-read for anyone grappling with serious mental illness and its fallout on families. Highly readable, yet informed by the latest science, it belongs in the waiting room of every family doctor and mental health practitioner -- and on the bookshelf of any reader who hopes to bring the hidden realities of mental illness into the light." ―Judith Warner, author of We've Got Issues: Children and Parents in the Age of Medication
"In Another Kind of Madness, Hinshaw blends a memoir of family silence and shame in the face of severe mental disorder with a research-based exploration of the stigmatization of mental illness. He does so with grace and candor, juxtaposing his father's lifelong. misdiagnosed bipolar illness with 20th century medical and political history." ―Ayelet Waldman, author of A Really Good Day
"Dr. Stephen Hinshaw has both the lived experience of being raised by a father with severe mental disorder and the psychological expertise to understand his father’s illness and its impact on the family. Hinshaw's writing is strong and his story compelling. His is also a narrative that needs to be heard―it will have a major impact on people with mental illness in the family, as well as on eradicating the pervasive stigma that still clings to mental illness." ―Elyn R. Saks, Professor, University of Southern California and author ofThe Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness
"Stephen Hinshaw writes with rare, courageous honesty about madness as a family affair. His engrossing portrait of life with his brilliant, bipolar father weaves together intimate scenes of his family's responses to the absences and terror with an expert's reflection on the destructive toll of society's stigma regarding mental illness. This is an immensely readable and relevant story." ―Katherine Ellison, Pulitzer-prize winning former foreign correspondent and author and co-author of three books about Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
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.
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I was especially impressed and moved by his courageous vulnerability, for he shares his honest truth about himself and his own struggles to become whole, just as his family did over the course of their lives.
Stigma brings shame, and shame brings secrets. Secrets are corrosive - they don’t just fester, they spread, with devastating consequences for all involved. Sunlight is the best disinfectant, and this book is ray of sunshine, illuminating the darkness for all who hide in the shadows.
Dr. Hinshaws beautiful book is a great integrative work of scientific and personal interest, a highly accessible work of art and understanding that needs to be read widely by everyone, from patients to their families, professionals and policy makers. There is hope, and it begins with this book!
This book will be loved by anyone who values a family story as it covers many generations and relationships. It will also be loved by those who want to better understand mental illness, as it reveals clearly and critically that mental illness is not something that need be hidden nor is it something that necessarily limits a life.
For anyone wanting to learn how mental health touches lives, I commend this book to you wholeheartedly.