Mad House: Growing Up in the Shadow of Mentally Ill Siblings



[EPUB] ✷ Mad House: Growing Up in the Shadow of Mentally Ill Siblings ✼ Clea Simon – E17streets4all.co.uk In classic books such as Girl, Interrupted and When Rabbit Howls, the mentally ill depict their own harrowing worlds In Mad House we have an account of the devastating effects of mental illness on the Growing Up Epub á In classic books such as Girl, Interrupted and When Rabbit Howls, the mentally ill depict their own harrowing worlds In Mad House we have an account of the devastating effects of mental illness on the lives of those who share their world the healthy siblings of those afflicted Clea Simon was shattered when her older brother, Daniel, a freshman at Harvard, began hearing voices, making it impossible for Mad House: eBook Ý him to function He later committed suicide Schizophrenia next claimed her sister, Katherine, who has moved from one institution to another after refusing any help from her family Simon, who spoke with hundreds of other siblings of the mentally ill and with experts in the field, confronts the issues healthy siblings face, from guilt Why do I deserve to be okay to fear Will illness claim me or my House: Growing Up ePUB ´ children next to anger at being neglected by parents overwhelmed by the needs of the mad child Part memoir, part practical guide, Mad House is a compelling and compassionate book destined to help many people come to terms, as Simon has, with the unique pain of living with a sibling s mental illness.Mad House: Growing Up in the Shadow of Mentally Ill Siblings

Growing Up Epub á Clea Simon is the author of the upcoming A Spell of Murder, the first in her new Witch Cats of Cambridge series She is also the author of World Enough, a rock n roll noir, as well as the Blackie and Care series most recently Cross My Path chronicling the adventures of the pink haired Care and the black feral cat who loves her In addition to these Mad House: eBook Ý darker books, she is also the author of the Dulcie Schwartz feline mysteries, the Pru Marlowe pet noir mysteries, and the Theda Krakow mysteries, as well as three nonfiction books, including The Feline Mystique On the Mysterious Connection Between Women and Cats The recipient of multiple honors, including the Cat Writers Associations Presidents Award, she lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, with her husband, Jon Garelick, and their cat, Musetta.

Mad House: Growing Up in the Shadow of Mentally Ill
    If you re looking for a CBR and CBZ reader afflicted Clea Simon was shattered when her older brother, Daniel, a freshman at Harvard, began hearing voices, making it impossible for Mad House: eBook Ý him to function He later committed suicide Schizophrenia next claimed her sister, Katherine, who has moved from one institution to another after refusing any help from her family Simon, who spoke with hundreds of other siblings of the mentally ill and with experts in the field, confronts the issues healthy siblings face, from guilt Why do I deserve to be okay to fear Will illness claim me or my House: Growing Up ePUB ´ children next to anger at being neglected by parents overwhelmed by the needs of the mad child Part memoir, part practical guide, Mad House is a compelling and compassionate book destined to help many people come to terms, as Simon has, with the unique pain of living with a sibling s mental illness."/>
  • Paperback
  • 224 pages
  • Mad House: Growing Up in the Shadow of Mentally Ill Siblings
  • Clea Simon
  • English
  • 12 December 2018
  • 0140274340

10 thoughts on “Mad House: Growing Up in the Shadow of Mentally Ill Siblings

  1. says:

    My father s sister is schizophrenic and this book taught me a lot about how that affected him growing up and it gave me a lot of insights into his life, how and why he makes decisions, and how this has impacted our whole family.

  2. says:

    I turn to Clea Simon to understand my own family I read Fatherless Women and as she wrote in that book about the women and the loss of our fathers, it hurt to remember the circumstances under which I lost my own dad But I read it for strength It is important that others that traversed the most difficult roads before us Mad House again put me in touch with hurting memories My mother had episodes in which she would scream hateful things She was bipolar I was a difficult daughter who was I turn to Clea Simon to understand my own family I read Fatherless Women and as she wrote in that book about the women and the loss of our fathers, it hurt to remember the circumstances under which I lost my own dad But I read it for strength It is important that others that traversed the most difficult roads before us Mad House again put me in touch with hurting memories My mother had episodes in which she would scream hateful things She was bipolar I was a difficult daughter who was often the victim of her mood swings All families have losses and problems, but not all families have mental illnesses We seemed so alone and isolated back in the days when I was growing up.I can t say that after reading Clea Simon s books that I understand better either the losses or the illnesses But I am glad for her books I know now that we who suffered through these chaotic episodes are not alone Clea Simon is a good guide and friend It s important and comforting to read the words of those who have suffered some of what we have suffered I kept stopping as I read this book to record memories and feelings in my journal The section in last chapter about her decision to possibly reconnect with her sister is too long and unsatisfying She did not come to a clear decision I too have struggled with decisions about weather to reconnect with a lost sister We go around in circles the decision does not get made

  3. says:

    Clea recounts her real life memories of her not one but two ill older siblings She reflects on how her early childhood trauma molded her approach to life, distorted her sense of what s considered normal in friendships and romantic relationships, sense of trust, the future, geneticsAll of these are thoughts, questions, obstacles with which I ve obsessively harassed my early mid twenties mind and self, having recently become yet another sibling of the mentally ill SOTMI It is very comfort Clea recounts her real life memories of her not one but two ill older siblings She reflects on how her early childhood trauma molded her approach to life, distorted her sense of what s considered normal in friendships and romantic relationships, sense of trust, the future, geneticsAll of these are thoughts, questions, obstacles with which I ve obsessively harassed my early mid twenties mind and self, having recently become yet another sibling of the mentally ill SOTMI It is very comforting to have Clea tell me, through her book, You are not alone in these thoughts and struggles Very few can relate to our experiences, as younger siblings in particular, and the social stigma surrounding mental illness further ostracizes us so that weoften than not try to bottle up our debilitating grief while trying to learn how to embrace it It was a tremendous relief for me to come upon Ms Simon s work, to have connected with someone who knew exactly what ran through my mind because she s been through it herself.This book was written to help those who have found themselves in a unique position like Clea Simon a SOTMI There are existing reviews that give this book a lower rating, but they are from readers who not necessarily the target audience, so they wouldn t be able to directly benefit from the wisdom Clea has to offer to other well yet suffering siblings Still, if you re someone who loves and cares about the wellbeing of an individual who happens to be a SOTMI, I think you would be able to gain some insight and better understand what we siblings struggle with, things that we may be too hesitant to share which, I must emphasize, is not a reflection on you.I m sure and so hope this book has aided the author in working through her struggles The product is something that benefits and will continue to benefit many family members.Thank you, Clea I will be revisiting this often to help me through the dark times

  4. says:

    As someone who has an older sister who was diagnosed with schizophrenia and later on bi polar disorder I would recommend this book to anyone who has grown up in a household with a mentally ill sibling Even though it was a bit of a challenge to get past the psycho babble at the beginning of the book, the somewhat archaic writing style and the fact that the narrative gets dragged down by the over emphasis and development on the author s relationship with her boyfriends In spite of what I found As someone who has an older sister who was diagnosed with schizophrenia and later on bi polar disorder I would recommend this book to anyone who has grown up in a household with a mentally ill sibling Even though it was a bit of a challenge to get past the psycho babble at the beginning of the book, the somewhat archaic writing style and the fact that the narrative gets dragged down by the over emphasis and development on the author s relationship with her boyfriends In spite of what I found to be a bit of a disorganized presentation, the author still manages to illustrate some of the important features of growing up in this kind of environment as well as pointing out some of the issues that may arise in adulthood from what is basically a form of post traumatic stress disorder I think this book would be an especially good read for a person in their late teens or early twenties as they move into adulthood because it can help them be aware of how their childhood experiences will become manifest in their thoughts, feelings and behaviors as they begin to make their place in the world Some of these include Denial as a coping mechanism the fear that we may ourselves go crazy entering into close relationships with people resembling our siblings survivor guilt not wanting to have children because of the concern that they may develop mental illnessThe author also does not give us a lot of insight into how she was able to overcome these obstacles other than to talk about her need for psychotherapy which, probably, for people having grown up under this shadow, would not be a bad idea

  5. says:

    This book changed my life, for the better and only a few months ago at my age 42 ok now you know shhhh Clea Simon writes a haunting and intense story about growing up with not one, but two, mentally ill silblings The shit hit the fan at age 5 for her, when her older brother and sister starting acting strange What makes this bookimportant than a piece of gold is that she interviewed hundreds of siblings, doctors, and other mental health professionals to come to terms with her This book changed my life, for the better and only a few months ago at my age 42 ok now you know shhhh Clea Simon writes a haunting and intense story about growing up with not one, but two, mentally ill silblings The shit hit the fan at age 5 for her, when her older brother and sister starting acting strange What makes this bookimportant than a piece of gold is that she interviewed hundreds of siblings, doctors, and other mental health professionals to come to terms with her life, and write a story that reflects the bigger world of siblings out there She s straight and I m not so she had something to fall back on and at the end of the day, narratively, this might save her The writing is clear, wise, bouyant, and sober She remembers even when she wishes she would not, and her editor helped her for the most part work through wordy guilt in all but the last 5 pages or so Excellent book

  6. says:

    I appreciate so much this author s willingness to share her experiences and insights regarding mental illness in families Reading it, I felt so deeply empathetic for everyone in this family the parents, her ill siblings, and most of all, the author One can t help reflecting on one s own childhood experiences and family dynamics Few of us emerge from completely healthy beginnings I liked the book s format the author s chronological personal experiences overlaid by similar stories of others I appreciate so much this author s willingness to share her experiences and insights regarding mental illness in families Reading it, I felt so deeply empathetic for everyone in this family the parents, her ill siblings, and most of all, the author One can t help reflecting on one s own childhood experiences and family dynamics Few of us emerge from completely healthy beginnings I liked the book s format the author s chronological personal experiences overlaid by similar stories of others at the conclusion of each chapter I found this author incredibly insightful and the book was helpful to me in my own life

  7. says:

    FIrst third of the book was very well done in explaining what it was like growing up with two seriously ill siblings After that, it becomes a treatise on therapy for the well siblings Useful, I m sure, for those in that position, but very dry for the rest of the public I m glad, however, that she got this book out of her system first so she could go on to write the delightful animal themed mysteries she s know for.

  8. says:

    Gave me an understanding of how others around a mentally ill person are affected So sad to think that mental illness is a problem for everyone.

  9. says:

    Good account of ones account of growing up mentally ill siblings and the effects on her as the youngest child raised amongst the chaos and the short and long term effects it had on the entire family.

  10. says:

    I thought it would dealwith the schizophrenic siblings, and not just the author using their illness as the cause for her own problems in life.

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