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“A tightly woven, well-written story about mothers and daughters, highs and lows, ex-husbands and boyfriends, and how a ‘perfect’ life can be completely altered by something entirely beyond our control. . . . Universally touching.” –San Francisco Chronicle
“Stark, incisive and often harrowing, 72 Hour Hold wrenches open the closet door behind which mental illness has been hidden in communities of color. It’s no small task, but Campbell handles it with characteristic verve and aplomb.” –The Baltimore Sun
“I am grateful for Bebe Moore Campbell. . . . Campbell fearlessly unveils the pain of loss and the ecstasy of love. Add to that courage, and the graceful ability to write very, very well.” –Maya Angelou
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Trina suffers from bipolar disorder, making her paranoid, wild, and violent. Watching her child turn into a bizarre stranger, Keri searches for assistance through normal channels. She quickly learns that a seventy-two hour hold is the only help you can get when an adult child starts to spiral out of control. After three days, Trina can sign herself out of any program.
Fed up with the bureaucracy of the mental health community and determined to save her daughter by any means necessary, Keri signs on for an illegal intervention. The Program is a group of radicals who eschew the psychiatric system and model themselves after the Underground Railroad. When Keri puts her daughter's fate in their hands, she begins a journey that has her calling on the spirit of Harriet Tubman for courage. In the upheaval that follows, she is forced to confront a past that refuses to stay buried, even as she battles to secure a future for her child.
Bebe Moore Campbell's moving story is for anyone who has ever faced insurmountable obstacles and prayed for a happy ending, only to discover she'd have to reach deep within herself to fight for it. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- File Size : 805 KB
- Publication Date : December 18, 2007
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B000XUBFTM
- Print Length : 338 pages
- Publisher : Anchor; Reprint Edition (December 18, 2007)
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- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
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- Best Sellers Rank: #97,100 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The novel, 72 Hours, by Bebe Moore Campbell was not an enjoyable book to read. It detailed the numerous trails and blind determination of a black mother in her attempts to get her mentally ill daughter some help. The book opened with Trina, the daughter, in a docile state and the audience was rapidly introduced to the different side of her that comes out when she is in a manic state. The majority of the novel was Keri, the mother, being hell-bent on getting her daughter back to being the daughter she once knew, by any measures she deemed necessary. As she persists, her ex-husband and current boyfriend were not supporting her in the way she needed and instead of spending time taking care of herself, her every minute revolved around her daughter. Although, this might be a look behind the curtain of single mothers dealing with their children’s severe mental illness, it was disappointing to see her lack of support and her refusal to listen to others or receive help. This novel revealed that mental illness doesn’t just take a toll on the patient, but their caretakers as well; that therapy and monitoring should be for more than the patients but their families as well.
The book opened with Trina in a docile state, having been medication compliant for months and newly eighteen. Like many other individuals battling their mental illness, she began smoking marijuana, throwing her into a manic-depressive episode. Keri becomes frustrated with the system after Trina is put into a few 72 hour holds and is no better. With Trina being eighteen now, she is now in charge of her medical care even though she is medical care because of reasoning and behavior being out of normal range. It just didn’t make any sense to Keri and after having Trina spit out by the system over and over, Keri began to consider a conservationship, an involuntary stay at a locked facility. Keri felt this was the best solution and a way for her to get back on her medication regime. Keri’s ex-husband and Trina’s father, Clyde, was involved in this process, even though he was not involved in Trina’s life and did not even want to acknowledge that she had a mental illness. Frustrated with her attempts to extend Trina’s 72 hour hold to parlay that into an extended hold and then a conservationship, she considered an alternate way of getting Trina back on her medication. Briefly, Keri became involved with a program that sidestepped laws to make sure their loved ones were medication compliant and on the track to a better life. Ultimately, Keri withdrew Trina from the program after she landed herself in another 72 hour hold, after escaping from a window. In the last 30 pages, Keri began to make amends with her absentee alcoholic mother, she acknowledged and shared her pain of having to grieve a son alone, and got Trina in a extended hold before transitioning her into the facility. Miraculously the book ended with Trina having a bit of difficulty adjusting to being home, but over time, both Trina and adjusting well to the additional support in the household: Keri’s ex-husband, Keri’s boyfriend, and Keri’s mother.
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The most predominant issue I had with the book was that there was so little growth in the characters, all the way up until the last thirty pages of the book. The mother and main character, Keri, spent the majority of the book rejecting people’s advice, rejecting help with her daughter, and ferociously holding onto the idea that Trina would return to the daughter she was proud of. One thing that the author imparted was that mental illness leaks and runs onto anyone that is caring for someone that has a mental illness. Keri heard many testimonials of other parents of patients and the different ways in which their body reacted to all the stress their children were causing them. Instead of listening to them, she lumbered on with the perspective of: “I hadn’t brought Trina on this journey to accept the cards I’d been dealt. I was here to throw in that hand and pick up the one that I was supposed to have” (224).
I felt that Keri focused so much on Trina’s illness that she took responsibility for the disease instead of Trina, causing Trina to not feel it was her responsibility to remain medication compliant. Each time that Trina spun out of control, “Momme” was there to clean up the mess and convince her to be the little girl she wanted her return to being, just for the cycle to restart over and over.
I do understand that Keri’s protective nature is not uncommon of a parent, nor is it uncommon for a parent to want their child to be out of harm's way, especially one with a mental disorder. I disagree with her intense involvement in Trina, to the point where it was borderline codependent and exhausting. My opinion was that Keri was still grieving her son that had passed and instead of seeking help for this trauma, she became hyper focused on her daughter. She continued to have pointless fights with her ex-husband, just so she could get his attention. I think she was also still carrying around the trauma of her mother being an alcoholic and not being there for her. She might have internalized that as well, and felt that if she could not get the mothering she desired, she would give it to her daughter.
In one of the testimonials that Keri heard, an important sentiment was shared: “Patients rights often clash with what’s best for the mentally ill person” (223). Keri understood this and wanted badly to be in charge of Trina’s regimen and medical decisions, despite Trina attempting to keep physicians from sharing information. With Trina being eighteen, there was nothing that Keri could do, but she drove herself nuts trying to anticipate, care for, and protect herself from Trina. It was Trina that decided she wanted to become medication non compliant, to begin doing drugs, and landing herself in numerous 72 hour holds.
I am not saying at all that it is Trina’s fault that she has a mental disorder, but it is her responsibility to manage it and no one else, especially at the cusp of adulthood. No one can take medication for or see the importance of medication other than Trina. I think Keri’s intense involvement in Trina’s life is what stunted Trina from being able to take responsibility of her disease.
The book expressed to me that mental illness affects a much larger population than just the patients. The people that are actually caring for these individuals are doing their best to get the best care they can for their loved one, but that can prove difficult when the law is working against them. I think the novel also demonstrated the thin line between treating mentally ill patients like human beings with the freedom to do as they wish, but minimizing it because they are not a sane frame of mind and their choices reflect that. I think the book showed something realistic and it was depressing and therefore, not very enjoyable, to me.
As a side note, I really enjoyed that Trina’s black identity was acknowledged. Mental illness as a black woman is completely different experience than any other race and they tapped into that. Also, although Keri’s delivery was not great, I enjoyed that there was an acceptance of Keri’s boyfriend’s son coming out as gay to them, as that is not always the case in black families.
RIP BEBE CAMPBELL