Despite all her best efforts to break the cycle of catastrophic, destructive patterns of mental illness, Anna Berry found herself at the end of her rope - unemployed, penniless, homeless, and in the throes of a psychotic episode that threatened to destroy her life. Alone and unwell, she manages to find her grip on life, seeks the help she needs, and embarks on a life and career that illustrate that mental illness does not have to be ruinous.
Unhinged: A Memoir of Enduring, Surviving, and Overcoming Family Mental Illness is a powerful memoir that chronicles Berry's life as both a casualty and survivor of family mental illness. From her point of rock-bottom to her own recovery, as well as her efforts to help her still-afflicted mother and brother find hope and healing, we see how she struggles to recognize her own illness while coping with the fallout from her family’s other victims. In telling her story, Berry uncovers the difficulties inherent in not only growing up with mental illness among family members, but also the frustrations of not being able to recognize or handle the trajectory of her own illness.
Yet, after successfully finding methods of treating her symptoms, Berry goes on to become a successful journalist and author, who now helps educate the public about mental health through her writing, while also serving as her mother’s court-appointed legal guardian. This story shows the devastating impact of mental illness on whole families, but offers listeners a message of hope and healing. Berry's story is sure to resonate with the many people who deal with the mental illness of family members, and their own struggles to cope with their own diagnoses.
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This book was interesting but I would not recommend it to anyone currently dealing with mental illness or with the illness of a loved one. The author has some valid criticism of the mental health system and pharmacology but fails to offer any constructive responsible suggestions. The author seems unclear on concepts of personal responsibly and that all traits in a persons personality cannot be directly attributed to their illness. Also just because someone may be over medicated does not mean that their quality of the life would not be improved by appropriate med management. This book is both judge mental and dangerously dismissive of some very important issues. Approach with caution this book does no offer hope or acceptance
Depends on what it is.
I realize that Anna Berry deserves to read her own story, but her performance came across as whiny. It was hard to feel much sympathy.
The book seemed very superficial and focused basically on how the mental illness in her family impacted her. A better understanding of her mother's story would have helped.
This is the only time I have bought a book because of the title, I was pleasantly surprised. The book is engaging and is written from the heart. It details the issues of mental illness and the ongoing struggle for sanity and a normal life. "Unhinged" is not a downer or weepy in it's story telling style, but gives an insight into the eternal struggle for people with mental illness trying to go about their day to day lives.
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