No Casseroles for Schizophrenia

If you are dealing with a mental illness in your family, this blog’s for you.
My memoir, Ben Behind His Voices:One Family’s Journey through Schizophrenia to a New Normal (formerly titled No Casseroles for Schizophrenia) is represented by Claire Gerus, I am a NAMI Family-to-Family teacher and trainer in Connecticut, and professional speaker. My son, Ben, is 26 years old and was diagnosed with a severe case of paranoid schizophrenia about 5 years ago, after many years of confusion for our family during the gradual onset phase. The purpose of the book is to (a) tell the story of Ben’s onset, crisis and recovery – especially recovery. All is not lost. Ben’s life is worth living, he is worth loving; (b) get the subject – and stigma – out of the closet and into the open air where it can be discussed and, eventually, accepted; (c) provide hope, and some guidelines, for families; (d) educate providers as to what the family experiences when mental illness strikes – increase empathy and respect for the family as well as the person who has the illness. Oh, yes, and attract the right publisher to my literary agent, who believes in this book as much as I do.
Randye Kaye, rep. by Claire Gerus,

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