Another Kind of Madness
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 illnessFamilies 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.

Another Kind of Madness Details

TitleAnother Kind of Madness
Author
FormatHardcover
ReleaseJun 20th, 2017
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
ISBN1250113369
ISBN-139781250113368
Number of pages288 pages
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Health, Mental Health, Autobiography, Memoir, Psychology, Mental Illness

Another Kind of Madness Review

  • Debbie Berris
    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 trying to understand how it is possible that society has failed to overcome the stigma of mental illness and other conditions that we classify as "the others". He has reached out to children and adults 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 trying to understand how it is possible that society has failed to overcome the stigma of mental illness and other conditions that we classify as "the others". He has reached out to children and adults through speaking, studying, writing, and directing programs for those who suffer. His work is guided through stages in which the veil of silence which shrouded his father's life becomes transparent. I was horrified to learn more about the inhumane treatment of mentally ill patients and misdiagnosed patients in history. And yet, knowing that so many of society's failings persist with no plan for a compassionate, knowledgeable, selfless or respectful response, makes obvious how far we have to go. We are really not an advanced civilization if we can treat those who suffer so unjustly. This heartbreaking memoir/autobiography exposes the truth of 'us' and 'them' and is an eloquent call to action.
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  • Krystle
    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. If you were ever curious or just want to learn more about Mental illness, read this book.
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  • Linda Isbell
    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 was deeply affected by this book.  This is a must read for so many individuals and families, as well as psychology, nursing, and medical students and professionals.  If you or someone you love has been a 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 was deeply affected by this book.  This is a must read for so many individuals and families, as well as psychology, nursing, and medical students and professionals.  If you or someone you love has been affected by a mental illness, you will find much here to connect with, and if you haven't, you will come to a much greater understanding of those who have been affected.  Very sadly, stigma is very much alive in our country, and the time to end it is long overdue.  Hinshaw's beautifully-written book and courageously-shared story is a solid step in the right direction.
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  • Melissa Todt
    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 Hinshaw family there was a bunch.This is a must read if you are interested in Mental illness, the stigma it carries, or how a family sticks together through it all.
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  • Kyla
    April 25, 2017
    Riveting, moving, heartbreaking, powerful, and triumphant. You must read this memoir. There is something we can all relate to here, and we have much to learn and empathize from Hinshaw's account.
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