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Because I Come From A Crazy Family The Making Of A PsychiatristI’m excited to tell you about a book I’ve been working on for the past two years. It’s unlike any book I’ve written before. I love my previous books, all 19 of them, but this one is completely different. It’s not about ADHD or any other psychological topic. It’s a memoir. It’s about my own funny, off-beat, and sometimes crazy life starting with my pretty unusual childhood.
It’s entitled “Because I Come from a Crazy Family: The Making of a Psychiatrist”. I tell stories of my growing up and my early training in psychiatry. Everything in the book is true, it all really happened, and it’s written straight from my heart.
I never would have dared to write it, let alone allow it to be published, had not my wife, Sue, pretty much demanded that I do it. She insisted that people would be interested in it, that my story was so poignant that it would give other people hope and encouragement. She urged me just to write about what happened when I was a little boy, and then through college and med school and residency. She told me that readers would welcome my story with open arms and feel uplifted and entertained by reading it
Since Sue never steers me wrong, I took a deep breath, hoped for the best, and wrote the memoir. I laughed and I cried as I wrote it, I amazed myself at how clearly I remembered what happened so long ago (dispelling any fears I might have harbored about having Alzheimer’s!), and how funny, eccentric, unpredictable, and road-less-taken my family truly was.
Mine was certainly a family of originals. Some crazy, some just odd, some pretty tragic, but all full of life, which I render as vividly as I can in the book.
If you’re interested in crazy families—and what family isn’t a bit crazy—and if you wonder what training in psychiatry actually entails, I hope you’ll read my memoir. It comes out June 12, but you can pre-order it on:
It will help me if you do that, as it will show there is advance interest in the book, and that Sue was correct, people actually will want to read it! Thank you.

FREE Download Chapter 1 Because I Come From A Crazy Family

Edward Hallowell, MD
A portion of the author’s proceeds will be going to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

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