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Hidden Lives

Coming Out on Mental Illness

edited by Lenore Rowntree & Andrew Boden
foreword by Gabor Maté

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essays, mental health
list price: $24.95
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published: 2012
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Hidden Lives: Coming Out on Mental Illness

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2013-2014.

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In this groundbreaking collection, well-known and cutting-edge authors bring to light life with mental illness. These evocative essays, by writers who either suffer from or have close family members diagnosed with mental illness or a developmental disorder, aim to break down the stigma that surrounds one of the most devastating of human tribulations. The writers recount their experiences with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism, obsessive-compulsive disorder, clinical depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and dissociative identity disorder. What does it feel like to be psychotic? What sorts of thoughts go through your mind while you are killing yourself? How does a mother go on after her schizophrenic son throws himself into an unfinished construction site? The anthology drills to the core of compassion and disappointment—transcending hope and sometimes finding beauty in insanity.

With a foreword by physician and bestselling author Gabor Maté, MD, Hidden Lives gives readers a place to turn and communicates not despair but courage.

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Editorial Reviews

Shows the immense courage of the writers to speak out . . . A useful book for sufferers & carers. —Royal College of Psychiatrists

Richly packed with stories...Editors Lenore Rowntree and Andrew Boden have brought together a compelling collection of essays, mostly from people who are dealing with various psychotic illnesses. —The Huffington Post

I was keenly aware of the privilege I was being afforded, each page allowing me to regard the details, the emotional pain that mental illness brings to otherwise everyday lives. The tribulations are sorrowful. The courage shines through... Each reader will understand in their own way, and will learn from this book. —The Coastal Spectator

We’d all benefit from reading this book and gaining some insight and understanding into the lives of those who are experiencing it firsthand. —The Vancouver Sun

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About the Authors

Lenore Rowntree

Lenore Rowntree is the author of Cluck (Thistledown Press), and Dovetail Joint and Other Stories (Quadra Books). Her writing and poetry has appeared in several journals and anthologies including The Best of the Best of Canadian Poetry (Tightrope Books). She was shortlisted for a CBC Literary Award in 2009 for the essay "Flat Champagne," written about her sister's childhood schizophrenia, which was published in Hidden Lives, a collection of essays that she co-edited. Lenore currently resides in Vancouver, BC. Please visit lenorerowntree.com.

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Andrew Boden

Andrew Boden's fiction and non-fiction have been published in numerous anthologies and magazines across Canada and the US, including the Journey Prize anthology, and he has been a finalist in the Malahat Review's 2016 and 2018 novella contests. He is co-editor of Hidden Lives: Coming Out on Mental Illness, an anthology of personal essays. Boden grew up in Cranbrook, BC, and now lives in Burnaby.
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Gabor Maté

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