"What was the likelihood my adopted daughter would have my father's hazel eyes and my mother's mental illness?"
In this fiercely candid memoir, Dr. Pruchno, a scientist widely acclaimed for her research on mental illness and families, shows how mental illness threatened to destroy her own family. Not once, but twice.
As a child, she didn't understand her mother's episodes of crippling sadness or whirlwind activity. As a mother, she feared her daughter Sophie would follow in the footsteps of the grandmother Sophie never knew.
Unraveling the mysteries of her mother's and daughter's illnesses, Pruchno fought to preserve her marriage and protect her son. But it was not until she came to terms with her own secrets that she truly understood the destructive and pervasive effects mental illness has on families.
Surrounded By Madness is transforming. It will empower families to stop hiding and start talking when mental illness strikes.
A Must Read
The story within these pages is gripping, heartbreaking. You will be drawn into the author’s experience, unable to stop reading, and hoping, praying for some relief for all involved. This is a must read; for those with loved ones fighting mental illness, and for those lucky enough not to have this experience, so they can understand and support those who do.
Surrounded by madness
Excellent read. This helped me understand many aspects of my daughters illness. She is now 62, and it has been a struggle for both of us. Thank you!
Poignant & Compelling
A real page turner that is difficult to put down after just the first page. This beautifully written story reveals what serious mental illness looks like and the pain and havoc it wreaks upon the family as the disease presents itself and progresses. Very educational about ADHD, bipolar disorder, and borderline personality disorder. A must read. I don't understand how any thoughtful person who reads this could rate it less than 5 stars.