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Hidden Lives: Coming Out on Mental Illness [Paperback]

Gabor Maté , Lenore Rowntree , Andrew Boden
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Book Description

Sept. 4 2012

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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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


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


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


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


About the Author

Lenore Rowntree's writing has appeared in several Canadian literary journals, including Geist, The Tyee, The New Quarterly, Room Magazine, and Other Voices. Her play The Woods at Tender Creek was produced in 2010 as part of the Walking Fish Festival in Vancouver, and her poetry was included in the anthology Best Canadian Poetry 2010. She was shortlisted for a CBC Literary Award in 2009 for the essay "Flat Champagne," written about her sister's childhood schizophrenia. Lenore currently resides in Vancouver, BC. Please visit lenorerowntree.com.

Andrew Boden's articles on mental illness have appeared in Open Minds Quarterly and Other Voices. His stories and essays have appeared in The Journey Prize Stories: 22, Prairie Fire, Descant, Vancouver Review, and the anthology Nobody's Father: Life Without Kids. Andrew is vice-president and director of the Institute for Cross-Cultural Exchange, a Canadian children's literacy charity, and has helped build homes in Mexico. He enjoys cave exploration, especially on Vancouver Island and in the Chilliwack region. He currently resides in Burnaby, BC.

Born in Budapest, Gabor Maté immigrated to Canada at the age of twelve. He spent some time working as a teacher before returning to university to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a doctor. He ran a popular family practice for many years, and spent twelve years working in Vancouver's downtown eastside, caring for patients suffering from mental illness, drug addiction, and HIV. In the 1990s, Dr. Maté was a regular medical columnist for the Vancouver Sun and the Globe and Mail. He is also the author of four works of non-fiction. His most recent book, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction, won a Hubert Evans Award in 2010. In addition to being a physician and bestselling author, Dr. Maté is a highly sought after public speaker. He has three grown children and currently resides in Vancouver, BC, with his wife. Please visit drgabormate.com.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read! Nov. 9 2012
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This book is highly recommended reading for every parent of a child suffering with mental illness and should be mandatory reading for every individual who works in health care, education, corrections, police, fire, government, business, retail, recreation...

The contributors to this book should be applauded for their courage, their determination, their honesty and their incredible strength. Thank you for sharing your stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A REVELATION April 6 2013
By Alan T.
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With "Hidden Lives," Lenore Rowntree and Andrew Boden have produced a wonderful book, full of insight and sensitivity. The range of perspectives and experiences relating to what is commonly referred to as "mental illness" is truly amazing. Each new chapter brings out a new experience, from cover to cover. This book is bound to be enriching for every reader. A full 5 stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Coming out with compassion! April 15 2014
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Very personal, very interesting stories that span a variety of experience by patients and family members. From pre-diagnosis to recovery in hospital or out-patient therapy, this book provides a compassionate understanding of mental illness in a variety of forms.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Gives some good accounts but no depth Oct. 27 2013
By jwo
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Rowntree's book gives some good accounts of mental illness although not all chapters are well written. There is no flow between chapters which makes the book seem disjointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not written by Gabor Mate Oct. 1 2013
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I enjoyed reading this book. Lots of insightful stories but the book is not written by Gabor Mate. I purchased the book based on his name, his writing is powerful and thought provoking.
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