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Behind the Wall: The True Story of Mental Illness as Told by Parents by [Widdifield, Mary, Widdifield MA, Elin]
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In this unique perspective on mental illness, parents tell the dramatic true stories of grief, hope, and recovery.

Mental illness profoundly impacts family and loved ones. These seven true stories told by nine parents were selected from interviews conducted by sisters, Mary and Elin Widdifield, and interwoven with one sister’s own experiences. Told with remarkable candor, these stories offer more insight than any single story or academic analysis. Behind the Wall provides a shared voice for millions of people who advocate for a child or loved one who lives with mental illness, fosters a better understanding for society at-large, and delivers a compelling and ultimately hopeful read for anyone fascinated by the human condition.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, nearly twenty million Americans ages eighteen and older suffer from a serious mental illness. Sixty million — about one in four adults — suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. Factor in the family members profoundly affected by a loved one’s disorder and mental illness touches virtually all of us.

Yet it remains a subject that is often misunderstood, rarely talked about, and frequently stigmatizing. When mental illness enters the national discussion, it typically comes in the wake of a violent tragedy, attracting temporary attention and further misunderstanding. Behind the Wall posits that while mental health professionals and policy makers provide invaluable perspectives, the true story of mental illness can be told most accurately by the people in the trenches: the parents who watched it all unfold with their child in harrowing and heartfelt detail.

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Behind The Wall is a collection of seven true stories of adult children who live with serious mental illness told with remarkable candor by parents who witnessed the often harrowing and other times hopeful events along their challenging journey. Parents introduce children through memories of early childhood and any first symptoms. Chapters 2 - 8 are single narratives about each child. Chapters 9-10 interweave discussions on grief, coping, expectations, acceptance, recovery, and hope. Behind The Wall resists a scholarly approach, but through the power of story illustrates real struggles of caring and advocating for a mentally ill person. Professionals know research, but many do not live with a mentally ill person. Perspectives presented are valuable to any parent but critically so to those whose child is newly diagnosed. Parents living similar experiences will feel less alone. Supporters of caregivers gain empathy; professionals learn the truth about what goes on behind the wall.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1561 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Langdon Street Press (March 2 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00U7ZFLL6
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #452,850 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Congratulations to these two authors for this most needed and excellent work!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally Someone Who Understands Sept. 29 2015
By NanaM - Published on Amazon.com
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As parents of a 37 year old daughter with mental illness, we have finally found someone who truly understands how it is to raise a child with mental problems. I have cried and cried reading this book. My husband and I are both counselors and knew something was different when our child turned five. I had taught "Good Touch, Bad Touch" in the kindergarten classes as a school counselor. I had practiced with our daughter. Believe me, children do not talk to adults when molestation has occurred because of the threats against them. At age 13 she had a complete breakdown, but no professional diagnosed her. She was again in the psychiatric hospital at 14, 15, and 17 and then 2 wilderness camps. One counselor even said to put her on the streets because we had done everything. Many doctors, many meds and $350,000 later (with insurance and living costs), she is still up and down. Thank goodness we didn't quit or she would be dead, but when I read "Behind the Wall" I realized many other parents had gone thru the same thing. Like the first mother who talks, I was angry when I finally discovered what BPD was and now bipolar. With our daughter 37 years old, we have been traveling this road for 24 and at least once a week have to deal with a crisis. We always wanted to talk to other parents, we could even have led the group, but because of HIPPA we had no one to talk to. If you haven't walked in our shoes, you don't really understand. I have bought 6 copies on Amazon to give to other suffering parents I know as well as the pediatrician and the school counselors. Professionals-please give this title to parents of your clients so they can order one. Make a copy of the Amazon page and put it in your office. Thank you Elin and Mary Widdifield for understanding and helping us.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Family-centered focus needed May 21 2016
By KJ - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this book to be a difficult read because the parents' stories were painfully accurate about the lack of adequate, accessible, appropriate mental health care for our young and adult children. Like the parents in the book, I've been frustrated by the misinterpretation of the HIPAA rules about involving family in discussing the plan of care for an adult with mental disorders. We must realize that person-centered care includes the supportive persons involved. This is an excellent book for personal insight and for professionals who may need reminding that the "patient" is more than the individual person.
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5.0 out of 5 stars NAMI Omaha Endorses This Wonderful Book June 6 2015
By Dove - Published on Amazon.com
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As a board member of a NAMI Affiliate Group, ( The National Alliance on Mental Illness ) I cannot say enough about how helpful this book is for family members. It portrays our trials honestly without reservation. I recommend this book for use in NAMI's Family-to-Family education classes.
The book often mention's NAMI's support groups and the life changing Family-to-Family experience for care takers. We, who experience these challenges of care taking in our homes, are desperate to make connection to those with similar experiences. This book is one way to connect.
We are awaiting Mary to arrive in our city to give readings from this very important book, and we thank her for writing this.
I have gifted it to our community mental health services library at Community Alliance. Many thanks, Carolyn
https://www.nami.org/
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource for any family struggling with mental illness April 13 2015
By Michael Hayes - Published on Amazon.com
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As a mental health professional, I highly recommend this book as a guide for parents struggling with a child's mental illness and tough decisions. It is both heartbreaking and hopeful. It is also a stark reminder for professionals that our duty is to see the real people in their struggles, not just the treatment plan that we generate. The personal accounts in this book are told with careful insight, respect, and true compassion for the families.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very insightful Oct. 5 2015
By Barry Ferrell - Published on Amazon.com
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There are so many things and people in this book that I can relate to. I never want anyone to go through the things that My family and I are going through, however, it is encouraging to know that other people are going through very similar situation. Not only are hey going through them, they are surviving them. I am sincerely grateful for every person that shared their stories in this book!