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Surrounded by Madness: A Memoir of Mental Illness and Family Secrets Paperback – March 24, 2014
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The fragmentation that pervades the system, the long wait times, the lack of focused support for individuals and families has left so many in the same situation that Rachel describes. This book should be a wake up call for those in the profession but, more importantly, for society at large that something must be done. The suffering will continue and the tragedies that ensue will continue until we face the fact that there needs to be change. This book should prompt us to change the laws that preclude parental involvement after the age of 18 when the child cannot make decisions for themselves. Access to qualified psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, and hospitals needs to improve and they need to talk with each other. This book is a must read for students, mental health providers, families of individuals with mental illness and anyone with compassion. You will not think about mental illness the same after reading this book.