Every family has their own struggles. For the Schofields, it is getting their children mental health care. In Michael Schofieldâs book "January First," we followed their journey as their daughterâs mental illness worsened until she was diagnosed with schizophrenia at six. When "January First" ended, they were living in two apartments and their life was reasonably stable. "Born Schizophrenic: A Motherâs Search for Her Familyâs Sanity" is a semi-sequel to that story. "January First" focused on the familyâs realization that Jani was mentally ill and getting her the help she needed. "Born Schizophrenic" starts with Susan and Michael meeting each other and follows them from their marriage through divorce, up to both of them being happily engaged to other people, but it is all viewed through the lens of their children's struggles. "January First" describes Jani's early struggles. "Born Schizophrenic" picks up where that lets off and follows Bodhi's struggles with mental illness and getting the diagnosis and medication he needs. Bodhi is diagnosed with autism at two. In a twist of fate, Bodhi is now attacking the teachers and aides in his autism preschool while Jani improves enough to return to a special needs classroom in a regular school. It was a crushing blow because he was supposed to be Janiâs savior when their parents were no longer around and now Jani is helping Bodhi. Even worse, Susan and Michael disagree about Bodhiâs condition. Susan believes he is on the path toward schizophrenia and wants to stop it as soon as possible, while Michael believes he is severely autistic. Because Bodhi has an autism diagnosis, he receives benefits (therapies) Jani was never offered. Itâs great when his medication is working, but when it isnât, all the behaviors come back. By the time heâs six, heâs been hospitalized nearly as often as Jani but he isnât improving the way she did after she received Clozaril, a medication that is never tried on Bodhi. As Susan and Michael continue to clash over their childrenâs care, their marriage reaches a breaking point. Michael has an affair, then another, until they are forced to admit their marriage is over. Even then, they stay together while false allegations of child abuse, neglect, even rape, bringing the CPS and the Police banging on their door in the middle of the night. When Michael and his ex-girlfriend rekindle their relationship, divorce is inevitable. Susan must now conquer her greatest fear: raising two special needs kids, alone. Once she is confident in her new role, her true love finally walks into her life.
The war in Iraq has heightened interest in the military mindset and raised questions about whether itâs possible to be a mindful, moral fighter at a time when impersonal, technology based warfare reigns. In Search of the Warrior Spirit confronts this thorny issue with Richard Strozzi-Hecklerâs trademark personal, sympathetic style. In a top-secret U.S. military experiment, the author was asked to teach Eastern awareness disciplines ranging from aikido to meditation to a group of twenty-five Green Berets. This account chronicles his experiences in the training program and his attempts to revive traditional warriorship in a technological society. In Search of the Warrior Spirit explores the nature of war, the meaning of masculinity, and the need for moral values in the military. The book includes Hecklerâs response to 9/11, his experiences with the Pentagon and U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, and his poignant reflections on the movie Black Hawk Down, which depicts the deaths of two of his trainees. In this revised edition, the author talks movingly of his visits to Afghanistan with NATO and about the Trojan Warrior Project and Marine Warrior Project, relating the tragic events in a war zone and revelatory conversations with both ordinary soldiers and such leaders as the Supreme Allied Commander of Europe.
The fourth title from Sunday Times bestselling author Casey Watson.
Eight-year-old Spencer takes himself to social services and demands to be taken into care. Itâs a desperate act, a cry for help, but his parentâs reaction â good riddance â speaks volumes. Caseyâs hackles are immediately up for this poor child.
Spencer is the middle child of four siblings. His parents claim all their other kids are ânormalâ and that Spencer was born âvicious and evilâ. Casey and her family are disgusted â kids arenât born evil, they get damaged. Although when vigilante neighbours start to take action and their landlord threatens eviction, Casey is stretched to the limits, trying desperately to hold on to this boy who causes so much pain and destruction.
Casey is determined to try and understand what Spencer is going through and help him find the loving home he is so desperately searching for. But itâs only when Spencerâs mother gets in touch with social services for the first time that gradually everything starts to make sense.
Expanded Third Edition with Marine Martial Art Update.
In a top-secret U.S. military experiment, Richard Heckler was invited to teach Eastern awareness disciplines ranging from Aikido to meditation to a group of 25 Green Berets. This account chronicles his experiences in the training program and his attempts to revive traditional warriorship in a technological society. His book provides insight into the nature of war, the meaning of masculinity, and the need for moral values in the military. This new edition includes Heckler's response to 9/11, his connections to the Pentagon and U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, and his reflections on the movie Black Hawk Down, which depicts the deaths of two of his trainees. "The new Marine Corps martial art...is focused as much on the soul as it is on soldiering..." âThe Wall Street Journal
I am no longer a poet. I have lost all my words. Vibrant, intelligent, and active, nineteen-year-old college student Karla Smith embraces the future with unbridled enthusiasm. But when she suddenly loses interest in everything she always loved, her family is understandably alarmed. Where is the bubbly, optimistic Karla they all know and love? Weeks go by and Karla hides under her bedcovers, refuses to engage in any of her passions, and returns only a wall of silence to her family's pleading questions. Eventually diagnosed as bipolar, Karla experiences the illness's major symptoms of recurring depression and periodic mania. Her parents, Fran and Tom, and her twin brother, Kevin, endure her tragic lows and euphoric highs for seven long years before Karla loses the battle with her illness, committing suicide at the tender age of twenty-six. The Smith family weaves threads of pain, confusion, grief, and hope into a moving portrait of the challenge and tragedy of bipolar disorder. But it's Karla's own story-her brave fight against the debilitating disorder and her enduring struggle for balance, acceptance, and peace-that lies at the heart of this book, offering hope and strength for everyone who suffers from bipolar disorder and their loved ones.
On November 1, 1996, Charley Aurthur leapt to his death from a freeway overpass in Santa Monica, California. He was twenty-three years old. It was the culmination of five years of heartache for Charley and his family, as he struggled with severe mental illness, numerous hospitalizations and several other suicide attempts. Despite his family's love, intensive therapy and numerous medications, in the end, nothing could save Charley from his own encroaching sense of exhaustion and isolation.
Tragically, Charley's story could be anybody's story. In the United States, more than 30,000 people commit suicide every year; it is the eighth leading cause of death overall and the third among young people aged 15-24. But the effects of suicide are even more far-reaching: Its impact on the family is frequently devastating and lifelong.
Author Jonathan Aurthur knows this firsthand. His account of his son Charley's short life and death is both riveting and compelling. Charley's own letters, poems and journal entries demonstrate the terrible complexity and multidimensionality of mental illness and suicide. In the process, the author addresses his own search to understand mental illness and the inability of many medical treatments to help troubled people like Charley. He also offers an alternative treatment plan known as the "psychosocial rehab" model, which seeks to "treat the person, not the disease." This page-turner will stay with readers long after they've heard Charley's story.
In this fascinating volume Kenneth O Doyle provides a conceptual framework for understanding the social meanings of money and property, and the psychological, cultural, economic and political variables which contribute to these meanings.
The author advances the concept of money as talisman, by which individuals protect themselves from their individual fears: of incompetence, abandonment, disorganization and constraint - to mention but a few. Examples in support of this argument are drawn from many social systems, contemporary and historical.
This special issue of Visual Cognition collects some 30 articles on Visual Search and Attention by leading experts from a variety of disciplines, including experimental psychology, neuropsychology, neurophysiology and computational modelling. The articles are updated versions of papers presented at the 2003 Munich Visual Search Symposium. The symposiumâs goal, carried forward in this collection, was to foster an interdisciplinary dialogue, in order to identify important shared issues and consider ways of how these can be resolved using convergent methodologies. Reflecting the symposium discussions, the Special Issue is divided into four thematic sections: preattentive processing and role of memory in visual search, brain mechanisms and computational modelling of visual search.