Someone in my family has a mental illness.
What are the symptoms?
What is a guardianship?
How do we navigate the waters of Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid, and involuntary commitment?
Where do we turn?
How can we help?
If you've been looking for one book that contains well-organized answers to these and many more questions, for both people diagnosed with mental illness and for those who want to be a part of recovery, then this is for you. Authors Paul Komarek and Andrea Schroer pool their expertise as professionals who have navigated these waters to create a wonderful resource for families looking for concrete, accessible information.
They state, in the introduction, that the goal was to write "a book that is not too technical, and suitable for community outreach work." This they have accomplished - and more.
Many who have written to me after reading "Ben Behind His Voices" have expressed gratitude for the way we share our story, and for the resources included as the drama unfolds; many have also asked for more. For them, I think this book is an excellent companion. It is well-researched, well-written, and clear. My congratulations and thanks to the authors for providing an accessible manual that I can recommend as a concrete resource to anyone needing clear guidelines about mental illness, its effect on the family, and the recovery process.Randye Kaye, author of Ben Behind His Voices: One Family's Journey from the Chaos of Schizophrenia to Hope
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)