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The Price of Silence: A Mom's Perspective on Mental Illness Paperback – August 4, 2015
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Winner of The Books for a Better Life Award
“In this courageous, determined, radical book, Liza Long exposes the dearth of alternatives for parents of kids with mental illnesses, the shame that attends their perceived failures, and the hope that such families may find their collective voice and demand better options. I hope her passionate cry is heard far and wide.”
—Andrew Solomon, PhD, author of The Noonday Demon and Far from the Tree
“Not only is Liza Long’s The Price of Silence an honest and inspiring memoir, but it’s an incisive indictment of what passes for a mental-health-care system in America—and what’s too often the result, mental illness leading to prison, not treatment. But The Price of Silence doesn’t only illuminate the crisis, it offers solutions—ones that can lead to healing.”
—David Sheff, author of Beautiful Boy
“Liza Long offers a lucid description of the myriad of problems that confound and perplex the average parent who struggles mightily to find answers and relief for their child. In the process, she charts a course that will provide an excellent guide for others on this difficult journey as they make their way through the maze of our current mental health care system.”
—Demitri Papolos, M.D., Co-Author, The Bipolar Child
“The most excruciatingly honest, portrayal of what it's like to be the mom of a child with serious mental illness and how the mental "health" system gets in the way.”
—DJ Jaffe, Executive Director, Mental Illness Policy Org
"A parent can only be as happy as her unhappiest child. Liza Long's heartfelt, brainy, and gutsy book eloquently describes the great pain, but also the unexpected joys, of having a child who suffers from severe mental illness. I applaud her crusade against silence, stigma, and shunning."--Allen Frances, M.D., author of Saving Normal
“Liza Long deals a powerful and devastating blow-by-blow indictment of how our mental health system has failed us. Her courageous voice is an important call to action for a nation that has for too long ignored the true situation. A must-read for anyone who wants to understand the mental health crisis facing our nation."
—Matthew Lysiak, author of Newtown
“The Price of Silence goes deep into the civil rights issues that parents face in getting appropriate care and education for their children. Liza's ability to share the truth about her family's experiences is changing history, making it possible for others to step out of the darkness of isolation. Courage personified, she is our Flawless heroine.”
—Janine Francolini, Founder and Board Chair of The Flawless Foundation: Seeing the Perfection in Every Child
About the Author
Liza Long is an author, educator, erstwhile classicist, and mother of four children based in Boise, Idaho. She has written and edited extensively for regional publications, including Eagle Magazine, Greenbelt Magazine, and The Blue Review. Since her essay “I Am Adam Lanza’s Mother” went viral, she has appeared on theToday Show, Good Morning America, Erin Burnett Out Front, and Anderson Cooper 360, among others. She presented a talk on stigma at TEDx San Antonio in October 2013, and in 2016 she completed her Ed.D with a dissertation with research focused on mental health advocates and leadership.
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Long's blog post "I am Adam Lanza's mother" went viral virtually overnight. I had not read anything so up-to-the-minute gut-wrenching as her post about coping with her own son's mental illness. I cannot imagine the courage it took for her to write that and then to reveal to the world, her name.
Now Long has written a definitive book about mental illness in this country. Although she centers on mental illness in children and youth, it's by no stretch of the imagination that the reader can see that all mentally ill in this country are treated like second-class citizens.
Personally it took years before I could admit that I'd been diagnosed with clinical depression and required medication and the help of a mental health professional. It's time these diseases come out of the shadow. Liza Long is shining a long-overdue light on the problems.
We owe these children and their families so much more than we're giving them now.
Liza's section on "stigma" alone is worth the read.
Randye Kaye, author
"Ben Behind His Voices: One family's Journey From the Chaos of Schizophrenia to Hope"
I'm still reading through the book, as the subject is I find myself needing to give myself a break from reading it occasionally, so my only complaint about the book may very well be addressed in later chapters. The author makes several assertions about the current drugs commonly prescribed to treat bipolar disorder in kids, and which ones are better than others, but her assertions are based on her anecdotal experience, not on research or data. Even with research or data to back up her assertions, every case is different, and different children (and adults) respond differently to the same drugs, some with violent and terrible consequences. The sad truth is, as far as we have come in understanding brain science, we still know very very little about how brain chemistry actually works, and even the best doctors are still only making guesses.