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Surrounded by Madness

Surrounded by Madness: A Memoir of Mental Illness and Family Secrets - Rachel Pruchno Ph. D.

So as most people know, I’ve basically stopped reading for a long time due to a bad relapse of my depression. I tried once to get back to it but the books didn’t do it for me so I stopped. Maybe I just wasn’t ready yet. Now I’m trying to get back to it again, this time trying for a book that I can relate to right now which is mental illness (written before i really got deep into the book).

I like how there is no long drawn out wait for the big horrific moment the book is about. I like how the chapters are short which is good for trying to get back into reading. What amazes me about this author is how long it takes her to get her child into therapy. I'm not trying to be judgmental but seriously, the child needed help. I understand the money issues all too well because of my own mental health issues but I don't think that is what that kept the mother from seeking help earlier.

overall this is a good book. There's a bit too much psychobabble and history of the mother. The ending is a bit of a let down because there is no ending. I'm dying to know what happens to Sophie but I guess there is no ending yet. A good book on mental illness. Makes me want to go back and reread Prozac Nation and others and review them.