Another Kind of Madness: A Journey Through the Stigma and Hope of Mental Illness

Another Kind of Madness: A Journey Through the Stigma and Hope of Mental Illness


Glenn Close says: "Another Kind of Madness is one of the best books I've read about the cost of stigma and silence in a family touched by mental illness. I was profoundly moved by Stephen Hinshaw's story, written beautifully, from the inside-out. It's a masterpiece."

A deeply personal memoir calling for an end to the dark shaming of mental illness

Families are riddled with untold secrets. But Stephen Hinshaw never imagined that a profound secret was kept under lock and key for 18 years within his family--that his father's mysterious absences, for months at a time, resulted from serious mental illness and involuntary hospitalizations. From the moment his father revealed the truth, during Hinshaw's first spring break from college, he knew his life would change forever.

Hinshaw calls this revelation his "psychological birth." After years of experiencing the ups and downs of his father's illness without knowing it existed, Hinshaw began to piece together the silent, often terrifying history of his father's life--in great contrast to his father's presence and love during periods of wellness. This exploration led to larger discoveries about the family saga, to Hinshaw's correctly diagnosing his father with bipolar disorder, and to his full-fledged career as a clinical and developmental psychologist and professor.

In Another Kind of Madness, Hinshaw explores the burden of living in a family "loaded" with mental illness and debunks the stigma behind it. He explains that in today's society, mental health problems still receive utter castigation--too often resulting in the loss of fundamental rights, including the inability to vote or run for office or automatic relinquishment of child custody. Through a poignant and moving family narrative, interlaced with shocking facts about how America and the world still view mental health conditions well into in the 21st century, Another Kind of Madness is a passionate call to arms regarding the importance of destigmatizing mental illness.

Title:Another Kind of Madness: A Journey Through the Stigma and Hope of Mental Illness
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Number of Pages:288 pages

    Another Kind of Madness: A Journey Through the Stigma and Hope of Mental Illness Reviews

  • Jeanette

    Most have rated this much higher than I did. Most gave it 5 stars. The title is 5 stars. This is core- the definition of "the stigma" and the deep connotations for its practice during the 1950's until...

  • Debbie Berris

    I received an advanced reader's uncorrected proof of this book. Thank you, Goodreads. I was mesmerized by the story of the extended Hinshaw family and the revelations which son, Stephen, unearthed whi...

  • Krystle

    Wow..... I really don't know where to start with this book. This book explains Mental Illness better than most medical journals because it makes it real, it gives you a face/family. This book also exp...

  • Linda Isbell

    An outstanding book; exceptionally hard to put down!  Tells the sad story of the Hinshaw family's secret struggle with mental illness over many decades, while shedding very badly needed light on the ...

  • Carol

    Steven Hinshaw never thought that in his family a secret has been kept in the family for 18 years. His father had revealed his long history with mental illness and involuntary hospitalizations. Hinsha...

  • Mary Lautner

    Mental illness affects all of usThere are so many parts to this book that touch on my life: secrecy in families over mental illness (or any other issue), mishandling of mental illness, the stigma of m...

  • Leslie Burke

    Interesting read. I really enjoyed learning about the author's family. His father and that side of the family intrigued me; not just because of the mental illness but because it seemed that they were ...

  • Melissa Todt

    I won this book on good reads first reads. All I can say is WOW. I learned a lot about mental illness and the strength of family. It was interesting to learn that many people in the same family can su...

  • Kyla

    Riveting, moving, heartbreaking, powerful, and triumphant. You must read this memoir. There is something we can all relate to here, and we have much to learn and empathize from Hinshaw's account....