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Divided Minds

Twin Sisters and Their Journey Through Schizophrenia
Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
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Growing up in the '50s, Carolyn Spiro was always in the shadow of her more intellectually dominant and social outgoing twin, Pamela. But as the twins approached adolescence, Pamela began to succumb to schizophrenia, hearing disembodied voices and eventually suffering many breakdowns and hospitalizations. 

Divided Minds is a dual memoir of identical twins, one of whom faces a life sentence of schizophrenia and the other who becomes a psychiatrist after entering the spotlight that had for so long been focused on her sister. Told in the alternating voices of the sisters, Divided Minds is a heartbreaking account of the far reaches of madness as well as the depths of ambivalence and love between twins. It is a true and unusually frank story of identical twins with very different identities and wildly different experiences of the world around them.

©2005 Pamela Spiro Wagner and Carolyn S. Spiro (P)2018 Tantor

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intense!

I have seen the story of these two sisters, but I had not read the book. I could not stop reading I couldn't put it down and the narration was wonderful amazing, I cried with them I love with them I help my brother dumb I felt like I was completely there it is one of the best books on mental illness that I've ever read we need to spread more and more awareness of this disease and more importantly hope.

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An incredible memoir

Divided minds is a moving, captivating memoir. The only thing I wish was that the voice actresses sounded less alike. It was hard to distinguish between their voices, often causing me to forget who was the narrator of the chapter. Otherwise, incredible. A must read/listen for every psych student or anyone at all.