The Refeathered Nest: Not So Empty. Not Just Us!

As we near the end of National Family Caregivers Month, I’ve been thinking about the less obvious form of caregiving: the fact that so many of our kids return to their old twin (or larger)  beds in the family home, long after we’d imagined we’d have a nest empty enough to turn their old bedrooms … Continue reading The Refeathered Nest: Not So Empty. Not Just Us!

Another Mom’s Story of Schizophrenia in Her Son – and Suicide

Book Review: Losing Aaron I keep thinking of the line in a Phil Ochs (google him:) ) song: There but for fortune go you or I… This book is a painful reminder of how fortunate we are to have gotten some extra time with Ben – and of how schizophrenia can happen to any family … Continue reading Another Mom’s Story of Schizophrenia in Her Son – and Suicide

One Reader Speaks: Siblings, Schizophrenia, Support, Strength

Sometimes I open an e-mail from a reader that not only touches me, but teaches me…and these words, from the sibling of a man with schizophrenia, are in my heart forever. The author has granted permission to reprint his words here, for which I am so grateful – and hope you will feel the same way. … Continue reading One Reader Speaks: Siblings, Schizophrenia, Support, Strength

“Socialization Over Isolation”: Jani, Ben and Community

I am a firm believer in the possibility of Recovery in Mental Illness. Does “recovery” mean “cure”? How I wish it did – but, at the present time, it means management of symptoms, and it means rebuilding  – of one’s life, and also of neural pathways. I have watched and guided my son Ben through … Continue reading “Socialization Over Isolation”: Jani, Ben and Community

Lost chapter: NAMI Family-to-Family, Experiment

Between the first draft of Ben Behind His Voices and the final one that went to publication, a few chapters (well, about 100 pages) were on the literary equivalent of  film’s “cutting room floor.”    Here is one of the “lost” segments, from a NAMI Family-to-Family class I was teaching at the time. May of … Continue reading Lost chapter: NAMI Family-to-Family, Experiment

January First Review: Yes, Childhood Schizophrenia is Real

January First: A Child’s Descent into Madness and Her Father’s Struggle to Save Her by Michael Schofield My rating: 5 of 5 stars It’s such a mirror reflection of the emotions I went through as the mother of a son with schizophrenia – only my child was in his mid-teens when symptoms began. Jani was … Continue reading January First Review: Yes, Childhood Schizophrenia is Real

Becoming a Best Seller: The Real Reward

Okay, so not quite a best-seller yet…unless you count being pretty consistently in the top ten in Amazon’s Best Seller list in the category of Health/Mental Health/Schizophrenia. Still, the news from my literary agent (Claire Gerus, who is amazing) today, about a year into the book’s published life, is a surprise: She actually has a … Continue reading Becoming a Best Seller: The Real Reward

Depression out of the Closet: The Boss too

Add Bruce Springsteen to the list of celebrities willing to talk about their mental issues. Springsteen talks about his lifelong battles with depression in a 16,000-word New Yorker profile hitting the stands this week. Every time someone in the public eye is willing to talk about mental illness, the door opens to acceptance just a … Continue reading Depression out of the Closet: The Boss too

Richard Dreyfuss on Living with Mental Illness

Bravo, Richard Dreyfuss. Not only one of the best actors of our time, but he is speaking openly about his experience with bipolar. As reported last week in the Herald Tribune in this article by Barbara Peters Smith, Richard recently appeared in Sarasota, FL  to speak on “Living With Mental Illness” for the Mental Health … Continue reading Richard Dreyfuss on Living with Mental Illness

Dear Readers: Thanks for your stories

One of the best gifts in any day is finding an unexpected letter or e-mail from someone who has just read Ben Behind His Voices . I treasure these words, and am grateful to you who take the time to share your reactions and stories. These are the best reviews an author can have, especially … Continue reading Dear Readers: Thanks for your stories