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Because I Come From A Crazy Family

When Dr. Hallowell was very young when he heard the call (quite literally, as he tells it) to become a psychiatrist. His childhood—spent in Cape Cod, Charleston, and Exeter—was spent surrounded by dysfunction, which he only later identified as mental illness. His father was manic-depressive, his mother was an alcoholic, and he had an abusive step-father. He also suffered from the learning disabilities ADD and dyslexia. Years later, when asked “Why do you want to want to become a psychiatrist?” he would answer, “Because I come from a crazy family.”
His desire to become a psychiatrist came from a place of love—he loved his family and wanted to help them, even if they were, as he has said, “certifiably crazy.” He credits his feeling of love and connection to his family, friends, and mentors as the thing that helped him beat the odds and build a happy, successful life, even if it was seasoned by many harrowing moments.
Because I Come from a Crazy Family is in many ways a paean to the mentally ill and those who love them. Dr. Hallowell is honest about these complicated relationships and the difficult years of his own life that accompanied them, and he hopes that this honesty will inspire others to destigmatize the “crazy” in their own families.
This is a book for fans of Dr. Hallowell’s distinguished work in ADHD treatment, fellow members of the psychiatric community, those who have experienced mental illness themselves or in those they love, and readers of all kinds interested in a memoir about finding love in a truly difficult family. A portion of the author’s proceeds will be going to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
It’s scheduled to be released June 12, 2018.
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