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Surrounded By Madness: A Memoir of Mental Illness and Family Secrets

Rachel Pruchno, Ph.D.

Pages: 344
ISBN: 978-145752-559-9
List Price: 18.00
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Available: March 2014
Edition: Perfectbound

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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 fi ercely 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.

RACHEL PRUCHNO is Director of Research at the New Jersey Insti tute for Successful Aging and Endowed Chair, Professor of Medicine at Rowan University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine.
She earned her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State University. Dr. Pruchno has been the Principal Investi gator on numerous research grants funded by the Nati onal Insti tute of Mental Health, the Nati onal Insti tute of Aging, the Nati onal Insti tute of Nursing Research, the Nati onal Insti tute of Child Health and Human Development, the Reti rement Research Foundati on, and the Cleveland Foundati on. She has published more than 70 peer-reviewed arti cles in scienti fi c journals, authored 10 invited book chapters, and co-edited Challenges of an Aging Society: Ethical Dilemmas, Politi cal Issues. She has served as Editor-in-Chief of The Gerontologist, a leading scienti fi c journal, since 2011. She is married with four children, two of whom are dogs.“What was the likelihood my adopted daughter would have my father’s hazel eyes and my mother’s mental illness?” In this fi ercely 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.