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Hidden Lives

True Stories from People Who Live with Mental Illness

edited by Lenore Rowntree & Andrew Boden
foreword by Gabor Maté

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mental health, essays
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category: Medical
published: 2017
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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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A revised and updated edition of a collection of personal essays that illuminate what life is like for those who live with mental illness, and how it impacts their family members.

More than 4 million Canadians and 57 million Americans suffer from a diagnosable mental illness, and yet there are still considerable stigmas and a great deal of misunderstanding surrounding even the most common diagnoses—schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism, obsessive-compulsive disorder, clinical depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and dissociative identity disorder.

Rather than analyze the diagnoses and symptoms, these first-hand accounts focus on the very essence of a psycho-emotional breakdown, and respond to the mental, physical, and emotional turmoil it inevitably causes. What does a mother do when her teenage son's personality suddenly fractures? How does a police officer cope when his employer refuses to provide adequate care until he can prove his PTSD is work-related? How do children grow up under the care of a manic father whose illness lands him in and out of medical and social incarceration?

Raw, honest, and painful, these essays communicate disappointment and despair, but also courage and compassion. They offer a lifeline for sufferers and support for their friends and family, and promote new and improved attitudes toward those with mental illness.

With a foreword by respected physician, bestselling author, and renowned speaker Dr. Gabor Maté, Hidden Lives gives readers a place to turn, and provides a platform to share their struggle.

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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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