Living With Mental Illness: Mental Health Professionals Share Their Personal And Family Experiences by Stephen P. HinshawLiving With Mental Illness: Mental Health Professionals Share Their Personal And Family Experiences by Stephen P. Hinshaw

Living With Mental Illness: Mental Health Professionals Share Their Personal And Family Experiences

EditorStephen P. Hinshaw

Hardcover | January 15, 2008

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People with mental illness are often stigmatized, both in the U.S. and around the world. Paradoxically, many in the mental health professions are themselves the source of a great deal of such stigma. Theoretical models in psychology and psychiatry have often blamed family members for causingmental illness, and too many practitioners and scientists hold to "us versus them" attitudes, showing extreme reluctance to admit personal and family experiences of mental illness. In Living with Mental Illness, mental health professionals and scientists, ranging from newly trained individuals to seasoned clinicians and researchers, tell their own and their families' stories of mental disorder, providing an unprecedented level of honesty and disclosure. The volume presentsmoving and inspiring narratives of serious mental disorder in individuals who have decided to focus their careers on mental illness in others. The editor, who has previously disclosed his own family's struggles with his father's lifelong, misdiagnosed bipolar disorder, utilizes his own experiencesto integrate, synthesize, and provide perspective on these revealing contributions. Through both personal narratives and accounts of parents, siblings, or offspring, the contributors convey the serious impairments that can accrue to those with mental illness, the strength and courage that emanatefrom such experiences, and the ways in which these experiences have contributed to their own decisions to enter the mental health field. Providing a humanizing portrayal of mental disorder, this volume will be indispensable reading for those in the mental health professions, trainees across many related fields, family members, persons contending with mental illness, and all those who wish to know more about the effects of mentalillness on our society. Its stark stories of pain and impairment, and its clear messages of hope and courage, will inspire those working in the mental health professions, as well as their clients, for years to come.
Stephen P. Hinshaw is Professor and Chair in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. An international expert in the field of developmental psychopathology, he has authored over 175 articles and chapters in the scientific literature as well as three prior books. He is Associate Editor of the journal Dev...
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Title:Living With Mental Illness: Mental Health Professionals Share Their Personal And Family ExperiencesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 6.42 × 9.21 × 1.18 inPublished:January 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195320263

ISBN - 13:9780195320268

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Introduction. Stephen P. Hinshaw: 1. Laura B. Mason: My Story is one of Loss2. Ruth White: Finding my Mind3. Tara Peris: A Field Agent in our Midst4. Elizabeth B. Owens: Laura's Story: Making Sense of and Deriving Meaning from her Life with Mental Illness5. Jeffrey Liew: In My Voice: Speaking out about Mental Health and Stigma6. Kay S. Browne: Columbus Day, 1994: A New World7. Mark S. Atkins: The Meaning of Mental Health (and Other LessonsLearned)8. Theodore P. Beauchaine: Memories of Parental Decompensation9. Jarralynne Agee: Weeping Mother10. Jessica Borelli: The Game with No Rules: A Sibling Confronts Mental Illness11. Peter E. Nathan: Reverberations12. Esme A. Londahl-Shaller: "He Just Can't Help It": My Struggle with My Father's Struggle with Bipolar Disorder13. Janet Lucas: Performing Human14. Carolyn Zahn-Waxler: The Legacy of Loss: Depression as a Family AffairClosing Thoughts. Stephen Hinshaw: