Ben Behind His Voices: One Family's Journey from the Chaos of Schizophrenia to Hope by Randye KayeBen Behind His Voices: One Family's Journey from the Chaos of Schizophrenia to Hope by Randye Kaye

Ben Behind His Voices: One Family's Journey from the Chaos of Schizophrenia to Hope

byRandye Kaye

Hardcover | August 16, 2011

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When readers first meet Ben, he is a sweet, intelligent, seemingly well-adjusted youngster. Fast forward to his teenage years, though, and Ben's life has spun out of control. Ben is swept along by an illness over which he has no control-one that results in runaway episodes, periods of homelessness, seven psychotic breaks, seven hospitalizations, and finally a diagnosis and treatment plan that begins to work. Schizophrenia strikes an estimated one in a hundred people worldwide by some estimates, and yet understanding of the illness is lacking. Through Ben's experiences, and those of his mother and sister, who supported Ben through every stage of his illness and treatment, readers gain a better understanding of schizophrenia, as well as mental illness in general, and the way it affects individuals and families. Here, Kaye encourages families to stay together and find strength while accepting the reality of a loved one's illness; she illustrates, through her experiences as Ben's mother, the delicate balance between letting go and staying involved. She honors the courage of anyone who suffers with mental illness and is trying to improve his life and participate in his own recovery. Ben Behind His Voices also reminds professionals in the psychiatric field that every patient who comes through their doors has a life, one that he has lost through no fault of his own. It shows what goes right when professionals treat the family as part of the recovery process and help them find support, education, and acceptance. And it reminds readers that those who suffer from mental illness, and their families, deserve respect, concern, and dignity.
Randye Kaye is an actress, broadcaster, voice talent, and speaker. She served more than twenty years as a major radio personality in Connecticut, and continues to work in theater, TV, film, commercials, industrials, and audiobooks. She is also the Connecticut trainer of Family-to-Family Educators for the National Alliance of Mental Ill...
Title:Ben Behind His Voices: One Family's Journey from the Chaos of Schizophrenia to HopeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.55 × 6.4 × 1.14 inPublished:August 16, 2011Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1442210893

ISBN - 13:9781442210899

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Table of Contents

ForewordIntroduction: 2010Snapshot: The Turning PointPart One: Warning SignsReflections1. Beginnings2. Ben Drops Out3. There Must Be a Reasonable Explanation4. The Wailing Wall5. The Black EyePart Two: Chaos, Trial and ErrorReflections6. Frightening Thoughts7. Almost Arrested8. The Last Resort9. Psychic Vampires10. Diagnosis RoulettePart Three: Dealing with Catastrophic EventsReflections11. Almost Hospitalized12. Finally, Sick Enough13. Frozen: Hospitalization Number Three14. Hospitalizations Four and FivePart Four: Recovery and AcceptanceReflections15. He's Still in There16. Baby Steps to Normal: Realistic Expectations17. Ordinary Miracles18. The Drum Circle19. Relapse and the Road Back20. You Can't Reason With Mental Illness21. Love: the Positive "Second Hit"22. No Secrets: Fighting Stigma23. Never Give Up HopeResources

Editorial Reviews

The book I wish I would have had. Randye Kaye's skillfully written memoir of the extraordinary challenges her family has endured in coping with her son's schizophrenia is filled with hard-won knowledge and inspiring wisdom. This book should be required reading in programs that train mental health professionals; not only would students learn crucial basic information about psychotic disorders that will make them much more competent clinicians, but they'll see the chaos that is created for families when clinicians don't have the educational background they need. Randye's strong connection to NAMI lets readers understand the life saving support that this organization offers families. I wish I would have had access to this much needed book when my daughter had her first psychotic break. The journey of parents whose children develop schizophrenia is too often overwhelming and Randye's warm, insightful, informative book provides a guide about how to survive in the best ways possible.