Nine years of experimenting with pharmaceuticals... hospitalizations, bad advice, and improper care finally culminated in a stable life... On the way, Susan became an activist for families affected by schizophrenia-
(PRWEB) March 21, 2010
Released earlier this month, After Her Brain Broke: Helping My Daughter Recover Her Sanity by Susan Inman is quickly gaining praise from reviewers and interest from the media and those involved with serious mental illness.
On Wednesday March 23 at 3:00 PM Central Time, the author will be appearing on HealthyplaceTV to discuss her book.
Ms Bob Etier in her review on Blog Critics said "After Her Brain Broke should be required reading for the mental health field or Psychology 101 students".
Political commentator, Raif Mair, wrote in "It's a book I urge you to read" in The Tyee
Susan Inman's daughter had one of the most severe cases of schizoaffective disorder that psychiatrists in Vancouver had ever seen. After a two year psychotic episode, she had a grim prognosis. Some psychiatrists predicted she would have to be institutionalized for life.
Fortunately, Susan's ability to take unpaid leaves of absence and to teach part time enabled her to assume responsibility for her daughter's recovery. Eventually, a new medication strategy freed her daughter, Molly, from a psychosis that she described as a living hell.
Susan said that "I could not find the stories from other parents that would likely have provided some comfort when I was the most overwhelmed. In my memoir, I share the complicated story of helping my daughter get her life back in the hope that it will help others in a similar situation and give them some comfort."
No parent ever wants to see their child develop a chronic medical disability. But, when it is one that is so misunderstood by society as is schizophrenia and the other serious mental illnesses like bipolar disorder or schizoaffective disorder, it is even more traumatic. Imagine how any parent would feel if faced with this situation described in the book:
" We are driving down Main Street to the grocery store when Molly's attention is caught by a
homeless man in the corner of the parking lot who's rearranging the clutter in his shopping cart.
'Will I be getting a shopping cart?'
I park the car and will my voice to be convincingly certain as I take on this assumption that is said with a heartbreaking naivete.
'No, these are sick people who don't have a family to help them'.”
Dr. E Fuller Torrey, a former advisor to the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, the Executive Director of the Stanley Medical Research Foundation and the best selling author of Surviving Schizophrenia said "this is one of the best accounts I have read of serious mental illness as told by a mother." He went on to say that her "attempts to educate herself and her support of her daughter as they wend their way through the schizoaffective maze provide a model for other families. Highly recommended"
Dr. Stephanie Engel, a Harvard psychiatrist stated that this is "a much needed book about her experience as a mother..."
Dr. P Jane Milliken at the University of Victoria in BC states that "Susan's story is inspirational"
Dr. Jehannnine C.S. Austin of the Department of Psychiatry and Medical Genetics at the University of British Columbia adds that this book is "important reading for both family members and mental health professionals alike".
A review byMs Bob Etier on Blog Critics stated that "After Her Brain Broke is critical of “traditional,” blame-the-parents psychotherapy which is surprisingly still practiced, and sensitive to how that approach can hurt the mentally ill, as well as their families"
Well known Canadian political commentator Raif Mair wrote in his review on The Tyee that this is "a story of great courage by each member of the family, very much including Molly. It's a book I urge you to read."
After Her Brain Broke: Helping My Daughter Recover Her Sanity, is published by Bridgeross Communications. ISBN 978-0-9810037-8-8 and is distributed by Ingram Books. The book is available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Chapters/Indigo and in a Kindle format.