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Book details
  • SubGenre:General
  • Language:English
  • Pages:276
  • eBook ISBN:9781667882529
  • Paperback ISBN:9781667882512

Raging Currents

Mental Illness and Family

by Nanette J. Davis Ph.D.

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Raging Currents is a powerful, important book. It's a "must read" not only for families and people struggling with these issues but also for health professionals, mental health workers, and all who care about mental health issues in our society. Dr. Davis offers how-to-strategies for navigating the health care system and coping with two mentally ill loved ones, as well as criticisms of our current mental health programs.
A surprise sink-or-swim lesson at the tender age of nine opens this gripping memoir of love, mental illness, and care giving. A swirling narrative carries readers from pre-WWII Illinois to the infamous Oregon State Mental Hospital of the 80s and forward along a harrowing chasm carved by dysfunctional parents, inhumane social systems, and driven by Dr. Nanette Davis's powerful love for her mentally-ill sister and son. Raging Currents spans mental health therapies from sedation and isolation, to twelve-step programs, tough love, and modern neuroscience-driven treatments. From the childhood of a strong-willed, fiercely independent, and curious girl to the roles of supportive sister, wife, and mother, Davis shares her life's foundation, development, and endless devotion to those she loves. Expertly weaving social norms in compelling prose, Davis offers the wisdom and reflection of age through the clear-eyed recollections of a trained sociologist. Her ever-increasing understanding of compassion is the bedrock of this insightful and vulnerable telling. Raging Currents offers more than an inspiring memoir: it provides practical advice and solace for modern caregivers, friends, family, and people living with mental illness. Keywords: bipolar disorder; compassion; family caregiving; memoir; mental illness; schizophrenia; dual diagnosis
About the author
Nanette J. Davis received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Michigan State University, completed a post-doctorate degree at Stanford University, and has three decades of experience as an author, educator, advocate and researcher. Her scholarly work includes eight books and more than 100 articles, encyclopedia contributions, research reports, book chapters and reviews. Nanette was granted the prestigious Fulbright Senior Scholar Award, among other accolades, and taught at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington.