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Breaking the Silence


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Introduction: Stephen P. Hinshaw: 1: Laura B. Mason: My Story is one of Loss 2: Ruth White: Finding my Mind 3: Tara Peris: A Field Agent in our Midst 4: Elizabeth B. Owens: Laura's Story: Making Sense of and Deriving Meaning from her Life with Mental Illness 5: Jeffrey Liew: In My Voice: Speaking out about Mental Health and Stigma 6: Kay S. Browne: Columbus Day, 1994: A New World 7: Mark S. Atkins: The Meaning of Mental Health (and Other LessonsLearned) 8: Theodore P. Beauchaine: Memories of Parental Decompensation 9: Jarralynne Agee: Weeping Mother 10: Jessica Borelli: The Game with No Rules: A Sibling Confronts Mental Illness 11: Peter E. Nathan: Reverberations 12: Esme A. Londahl-Shaller: "He Just Can't Help It": My Struggle with My Father's Struggle with Bipolar Disorder 13: Janet Lucas: Performing Human 14: Carolyn Zahn-Waxler: The Legacy of Loss: Depression as a Family Affair Closing Thoughts: Stephen Hinshaw:

About the Author

Stephen P. Hinshaw is Professor and Chair in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. An international expert in the field of developmental psychopathology, he has authored over 175 articles and chapters in the scientific literature as well as three prior books. He is Associate Editor of the journal Development and Psychopathology and is past president of the International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology and the Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Society, the American Psychological Association, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife, Kelly. They have three boys ranging in age from 4 through 20.


"Hinshaw's interesting and valuable collection of narratives will appeal to a variety of audiences, including academics who are interested in understanding the phenomenology of mental illness, its treatment, and its socio-institutional administration, government officials developing health care policy, and people who live close to mental illness."--Metapsychology Online Reviews "The sincere, personal accounts of mental illness disclosed in this book stand in stark contrast to the stereotypes so often depicted in other media, particularly the popular press. Told from the perspective of mental health professionals, who have had personal and family experiences with mental illness, these compelling stories shed light on the stigma that pervades our culture and shapes the attitudes of many, including some who work in the mental health field....This book carries with it the capacity for fostering a new culture of openness and disclosure in the mental health field, and should be read by veterans and newcomers alike."--Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal

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