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Surrounded by Madness

A Memoir of Mental Illness and Family Secrets
Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
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"What was the likelihood my adopted daughter would have my father's hazel eyes and my mother's mental illness?" In this fiercely candid memoir, Dr. Pruchno, a scientist widely acclaimed for her research on mental illness and families, shows how mental illness threatened to destroy her own family. Not once, but twice. As a child, she didn't understand her mother's episodes of crippling sadness or whirlwind activity. As a mother, she feared her daughter Sophie would follow in the footsteps of the grandmother Sophie never knew. Unraveling the mysteries of her mother's and daughter's illnesses, Pruchno fought to preserve her marriage and protect her son. But it was not until she came to terms with her own secrets that she truly understood the destructive and pervasive effects mental illness has on families. Surrounded by Madness is transforming. It will empower families to stop hiding and start talking when mental illness strikes.

©2014 Rachel Pruchno, PhD (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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  • Deborah
  • 25-06-19

Staring at the truth

As I hunted for a book for support, for explanations, I stumbled on this book. Every word of what life is like with mental diseases and substance abuse is very true in this book and I feel that I found a connection with the author, as I struggle with my own children, two with bipolar disorder. Thank you Dr.Pruchno for the courage to write such a well written book. As a mother of 6, two whom have bipolar disorder, this was well worth my time and I find the collections of my thoughts similar to Dr. Pruchno. The narrator is excellent!

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  • yelena
  • 06-11-18

surprisingly good!

It was as if
my story with my daughter had been told. Very well written and the delivery of narration was a bit robotic at first, was also quite good.

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  • Lizette Rivas
  • 24-10-18

great read. I would definitely recommend it.

I loved this book. it was hard to put it down and would recommend to anyone that is looking for a good read regarding memtal illness

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  • Animal House
  • 17-02-19

Couldn’t turn it off

I don’t usually read the descriptions of books before I purchase one, if the audio sample interests me I go from that so I can end up surprised. That being said I thought I was about to listen to something about life with a adhd child, I got so much more!! This was a incredible listen I didn’t want it to end...

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  • C. P. Rolston
  • 07-10-18

Recommended for anyone raising a “difficult” child.

I went to school with the author’s husband so I thought I knew the family, but the story begins after graduation. As it turns out, I had no idea the hell they were going through. If you or someone you know is raising a “difficult” child this is a must read. It is billed as a memoir but it reads like a mystery. With every chapter I kept thinking surely they will figure this out! Pruchno exposes not only the difficulty of raising a child with mental health issues but the shortcomings of our system for supporting such families. It is raw, emotional and personal.