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The Years of Silence are Past
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  • 16 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 252 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.5 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 616.89/5/0092 B
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: RC516.H54 H54 2002
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Hinshaw, Virgil,--1919-1995
    • Manic-depressive persons--United States--Biography
    • Depressed persons--United States--Biography
    • Manic-depressive illness
    • Hinshaw, Stephen P

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521817806 | ISBN-10: 0521817803)

This work presents the life history of a philosopher who experienced severe, recurrent, and misdiagnosed mental disorder. The compelling narrative portrays the father's seventy-five years: his childhood and adolescence, his high levels of achievement, intermixed with recurrent episodes and brutal hospitalizations, his marriage and family life, his tenderness as a father, and his gradual decline following years of maltreated bipolar disorder. Themes of self-image, resilience, causes of serious mental disorder, accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment, and linkages between social context and mental disturbance are intermixed with the narrative. Alternately harrowing and uplifting, this work captures the experience of growing up in a family with severe mental illness as well as the courage and dignity that can emanate from mental disorder. This poignant work will be of strong interest to the public at large and to those in the mental health fields.

• Author is well-known child psychologist • Conveys experience of growing up in silence about family mental disorder • Follows on heels of important public recognition of impact of mental illness (e.g. Surgeon General's Report on Mental Disorder and White House Conference on Mental Health, both in 1999)


1. Beginnings; 2. Childhood and adolescence; 3. Breakdown and recovery; 4. Professorship and family; 5. The 50's; an uphill battle; 6. The 60's; vanished and returned; 7. Diagnosis and misdiagnosis; 8. Disclosure and new diagnosis; 9. Waning powers; 10. Final years; 11. Causes and treatments; 12. Resilience and social context; 13. A son's perspective.

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