Another Kind of Madness: A Journey Through the Stigma and Hope of Mental Illness by Stephen P. Hinshaw

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Read Another Kind of Madness: A Journey Through the Stigma and Hope of Mental Illness Online Free - Glenn Close says: "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."

A deeply personal memoir calling for an end to the dark shaming of mental illness

Families are riddled with untold secrets. But Stephen Hinshaw never imagined that a profound secret was kept under lock and key for 18 years within his family--that his father's mysterious absences, for months at a time, resulted from serious mental illness and involuntary hospitalizations. From the moment his father revealed the truth, during Hinshaw's first spring break from college, he knew his life would change forever.

Hinshaw calls this revelation his "psychological birth." After years of experiencing the ups and downs of his father's illness without knowing it existed, Hinshaw began to piece together the silent, often terrifying history of his father's life--in great contrast to his father's presence and love during periods of wellness. This exploration led to larger discoveries about the family saga, to Hinshaw's correctly diagnosing his father with bipolar disorder, and to his full-fledged career as a clinical and developmental psychologist and professor.

In Another Kind of Madness, Hinshaw explores the burden of living in a family "loaded" with mental illness and debunks the stigma behind it. He explains that in today's society, mental health problems still receive utter castigation--too often resulting in the loss of fundamental rights, including the inability to vote or run for office or automatic relinquishment of child custody. Through a poignant and moving family narrative, interlaced with shocking facts about how America and the world still view mental health conditions well into in the 21st century, Another Kind of Madness is a passionate call to arms regarding the importance of destigmatizing mental illness.

Title : Another Kind of Madness: A Journey Through the Stigma and Hope of Mental Illness
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ISBN : 1250113369
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 288 pages


Jeanette rated it ★★★☆☆

July 24, 2017

Most have rated this much higher than I did. Most gave it 5 stars. The title is 5 stars. This is core- the definition of "the stigma" and the deep connotations for its practice during the 1950's until the end of the century, for that time particularly. It's 6 stars for conveying what fall outs an...

Debbie rated it ★★★★★

March 22, 2017

I received an advanced reader's uncorrected proof of this book. Thank you, Goodreads. I was mesmerized by the story of the extended Hinshaw family and the revelations which son, Stephen, unearthed which shaped his life and unleashed his career. Stephen has spent his academic and professional life...

Krystle rated it ★★★★★

June 26, 2017

Wow..... I really don't know where to start with this book. This book explains Mental Illness better than most medical journals because it makes it real, it gives you a face/family. This book also explains how mental illness affects families and not just in a "my child/dad/brother is sick" sense....

Emily Just Emily*~* rated it ★★★★☆

November 10, 2017

Imagine being a child, and wondering where your father is randomly throughout your childhood. He's there.....then he's not.....then he's back and no one say anything. ? This is a great informational book/memoir on mental illness and the importance of doing away with stigma. It was lengthy in some pl...

Linda rated it ★★★★★

June 25, 2017

An outstanding book; exceptionally hard to put down!  Tells the sad story of the Hinshaw family's secret struggle with mental illness over many decades, while shedding very badly needed light on the searing pain of stigma and the silence that surrounds many families touched by mental illness.  I...

Carol rated it ★★★★★

July 04, 2017

Steven Hinshaw never thought that in his family a secret has been kept in the family for 18 years. His father had revealed his long history with mental illness and involuntary hospitalizations. Hinshaw knew his life would change forever. Hinshaw explores the burden of living in a family loaded wi...

Mary rated it ★★★★★

July 14, 2017

Mental illness affects all of us There are so many parts to this book that touch on my life: secrecy in families over mental illness (or any other issue), mishandling of mental illness, the stigma of mental illness and how it imprints so profoundly on the person struggling with mental illness. I c...

Nicky rated it ★★★☆☆

September 02, 2017

This was a little all over the place. It wasn't completely about his father's life, and it wasn't completely about his own. It was a weird mixture of back and forth that was confusing at times to keep up with. The information was insightful and thought provoking, but he would give technical infor...

Diane rated it ★★★☆☆

October 08, 2017

"People who remember court madness through pain, the pain of the perpetually recurring death of their innocence; people who forget court another kind of madness, the madness of the denial of pain and the hatred of innocence; and the world is mostly divided between madmen who remember and madmen w...

Dhartridge rated it ★★★☆☆

October 25, 2017

This worked as a well written and heart rending personal story of the effects of stigma of mental illness on the author's family. His mother and other family members never spoke about his father's bipolar illness, which affected all their lives in profound ways. Because Hinshaw is a professor of...

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