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After Schizophrenia: The Story of My Sister's Reawakening After 30 Years

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Schizophrenia affects more than 3 million American adults. Despite being classified as a severe mental illness, a brain disease that can be treated, it remains misunderstood. Schizophrenia still carries a stigma that too often devastates and silences families.

For 30 years, Margaret Hawkins' sister Barb lived cloistered in her family home in suburban Chicago, a prisoner of undiagnosed schizophrenia. Hearing voices and paralyzed with fear, she was never evaluated, never treated, and refused to leave the house.

After Schizophrenia is the story of Barb's descent into severe mental illness and the healing that has come only in recent years: after her parents' death when Margaret became her guardian. With uncanny grace and humor, Margaret chronicles her family's struggle with Barb's mental illness, the love that carried them through, and the virtual army of healthcare angels willing to come to Barb's aid. This is an extraordinary story of severe mental illness and the healing that is possible with prompt diagnosis, good drugs, good care, and a fierce belief in the power to get well.

About the Author

Margaret Hawkins is a writer, critic, curator and educator whose reviews and essays have appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, ARTNews, and many other publications. She teaches writing at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago and is the author of A Year of Cats and Dogs and How to Survive a National Disaster. Carolyn S. Spiro is the author of Divided Minds.

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ISBN:
9781573245357
Author:
Hawkins, Margaret
Publisher:
Conari Press
Author:
Carolyn S. Spiro MD
Author:
Spiro MD, Carolyn S.
Author:
Hawkins, Renna
Subject:
schizophrenia, mental illness, biography, family, mental health
Subject:
General-General
Subject:
Biography-Women
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20111031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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