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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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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
August 13, 2017
Interesting read. I really enjoyed learning about the author's family. His father and that side of the family intrigued me; not just because of the mental illness but because it seemed that they were all highly intelligent. I was also horrified at the mental health hospitals in earlier days (alth...
September 13, 2017
An intriguing story, this book was really well written, intermingling personal experiences with information regarding bipolar disorder and also schizophrenia, and how often it is misdiagnosed.
January 30, 2017
I won this book on good reads first reads. All I can say is WOW. I learned a lot about mental illness and the strength of family. It was interesting to learn that many people in the same family can suffer from a mental illness. I was under the impression that it only affected a few people. In the...