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"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.

©2014 Rachel Pruchno, PhD (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Recommended for anyone raising a “difficult” child.

I went to school with the author’s husband so I thought I knew the family, but the story begins after graduation. As it turns out, I had no idea the hell they were going through. If you or someone you know is raising a “difficult” child this is a must read. It is billed as a memoir but it reads like a mystery. With every chapter I kept thinking surely they will figure this out! Pruchno exposes not only the difficulty of raising a child with mental health issues but the shortcomings of our system for supporting such families. It is raw, emotional and personal.