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Hurry Down Sunshine: A Father's Story of Love and Madness Paperback – September 8, 2009
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This could have been a story about the hopelessness of psyche patients and the ineptness of psychiatrists, therapists and others inevitably encountered when one reluctantly enters a mental health facility, but it wasn't that at all. The Greenberg's were lucky to find a doctor who used both therapy and pharmacology to treat their daughter's disease, and a positive outcome was had. The author went to unusual lengths himself to learn more about the drugs his daughter was prescribed, and you have to applaud him for that also. I enjoyed the book and recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about Bipolar Disorder, or someone looking for a good weekend read.
But how deep would the bottomless abyss of your very soul fall to... if your child's entire persona... including their temperament... and mental acuity... was snatched away... like a thief in the night... in a blink of an eye? What type of inner fortitude would it take for the parent to not only have the strength to climb out of the abyss... but what kind of faith would be necessary to see the light at the end of the pitch black tunnel?
On July 5, 1996 author Michael Greenberg's fifteen-year-old daughter Sally "was struck mad". There was now a chasm between Sally and the rest of the world. How bad was this sudden psychotic crack in the mental health of Michael's teenage daughter? How bad do the "new" mental mannerisms have to be for a Father to continually hope that his daughter has a drug problem? The author writes powerfully in the style of a street poet that is writing words with the pain of his guts. In describing his daughter's outbursts he says: "AND SHE IS TALKING, OR RATHER PUSHING WORDS FROM HER MOUTH THE WAY A SHOPKEEPER PUSHES DUST OUT THE DOOR OF HER SHOP WITH A BROOM.Read more ›
What Michael Greenberg has to say as he describes his family's experience is somewhat terrifying and comforting at the same time. On the one hand, he and his daughter, Sally, were lucky that they stumbled onto caring professionals from the beginning, starting with the policeman who recognized Sally's irrational behavior on the street and brought her home, on to those who manned the mental health facility itself, and ending with the woman who treated Sally after her release from that hospital. Sally's best interests were always foremost in the minds of these people. On the other hand, Greenberg was a self-employed writer with very little in the way of cash or other assets that could be earmarked to pay for Sally's treatment. Consider his shock, for instance, when he went to the pharmacy to pick up her prescription drugs for the first time and was told that they would cost him $750 since he had no medical insurance.
Sally was slow to get better and, as Greenberg and his wife faced mental, physical and emotional exhaustion, they found indications that Sally was making any progress hard to detect.Read more ›
The book contains a cast of deftly defined characters, including a brother with mental health issues, a supportive ex-wife, the new wife, as well as the afflicted daughter. These authentically rendered individuals give the narrative depth and free it from the plodding self-absorption that mars many memoirs. The book reads more like a novel and better than most fiction I've read recently.
Once I started Hurry Down Sunshine I raced to finish it to its complex, powerful, yet satisfying ending.
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The author of this book is a professional writer and sometimes I found it too flowery and wordy, however I learned A LOT from this book. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Minzi Taylor
Stunningly well written account of the trails of living with and discovering Bipolar in among a close family member. Read morePublished 18 months ago by yo
This is a well-written, first-hand account of a teenage girl's mental breakdown and painful recovery, as seen through the eyes of her father. Read morePublished 20 months ago by khanretty
Hurry Down Sunshine is the true story of Michael Greenberg's family when his teenager daughter started to have mental problems and especially after she was interned in a... Read morePublished on August 29, 2014 by Crenshaw
Compassionate father tells the story of his 15 YO daughter's manic breakdown. This is very much a family's story. Read morePublished on June 4, 2014 by Cedric's Mom
This is a moving, loving story by a parent of a mentally ill child, presented in real time. It brings understanding to so those who lived through it. Read morePublished on May 22, 2014 by DMA