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Acquainted with the Night : A Parent's Quest to Understand Depression and Bipolar Disorder in His Children
by Paul Raeburn


Overview - In the tradition of Kay Redfield Jamison s An Unquiet Mind , Acquainted with the Night is a powerful memoir of one man s struggle to deal with the adolescent depression and bipolar disorder of his son and his daughter.

Seven years ago Paul Raeburn s son, Alex, eleven, was admitted to a psychiatric hospital after leaving his fifth-grade classroom in an inexplicable rage.
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Overview
In the tradition of Kay Redfield Jamison s An Unquiet Mind, Acquainted with the Night is a powerful memoir of one man s struggle to deal with the adolescent depression and bipolar disorder of his son and his daughter.

Seven years ago Paul Raeburn s son, Alex, eleven, was admitted to a psychiatric hospital after leaving his fifth-grade classroom in an inexplicable rage. He was hospitalized three times over the next three years until he was finally diagnosed by a psychiatrist as someone exhibiting a clear-cut case of bipolar disorder. This ended a painful period of misdiagnosis and inappropriate drug therapy. Then Raeburn s younger daughter, Alicia, twelve, was diagnosed as suffering from depression after episodes of self-mutilation and suicidal thoughts. She too was repeatedly admitted to psychiatric hospitals. All during this terrible, painful time, Raeburn s marriage was disintegrating, and he had to ask what he and his wife might have done, unwittingly, to contribute to their children s mental illness. And so, literally to save his children s lives, he used all the resources available to him as a science reporter and writer to educate himself on their diseases and the various drugs and therapies available to help them return from a land of inner torment.
In Paul Raeburn s skilled hands, this memoir of a family stricken with the pain of depression and mania becomes a cathartic story that any reader can share, even as parents unlucky enough to be in a similar position will find it of immeasurable practical value in their own struggles with the child psychiatry establishment."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780767914383
  • ISBN-10: 0767914384
  • Publisher: Broadway Books
  • Publish Date: June 2005
  • Page Count: 320


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