These are just two of the questions that can haunt children who grow up with a mentally ill mother. The 25 women interviewed for this book talk about their love-and hate- for their mothers, their confusion and mistrust, their sense of loss and isolation. They also have much to say about compassion and healing. They were willing to tell these seldom-told stories in order to reach others with mentally ill parents who still struggle with shame, secrecy, and stigma. In Daughters of Madness, the labels come to life: schizophrenia, bipolar illness, multiple personality disorder, and others.
Most of the women interviewed have coped with, and cared for, their impaired mothers throughout their lives. They talk frankly about the tough decisions theyve made in order to keep their own lives in balance, while maintaining a caring, sometimes caretaking, role with the aging mothers.
This is the only book written specifically about mentally ill mothers and their daughters, and one of only a handful of books giving a voice to men and women who grew up in families with mentally ill parents.
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