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Acquainted with the Night: A Parent's Quest to Understand by Paul Raeburn

By Paul Raeburn

[b]In the culture of Kay Redfield Jamison’s An Unquiet Mind, Acquainted with the Night is a robust memoir of 1 man’s fight to accommodate the adolescent melancholy and bipolar sickness of his son and his daughter.
Seven years in the past Paul Raeburn’s son, Alex, 11, was once admitted to a psychiatric sanatorium after leaving his fifth-grade lecture room in an inexplicable rage. He was once hospitalized thrice over the subsequent 3 years till he used to be eventually clinically determined by means of a psychiatrist as an individual showing a straight forward case of bipolar disease. This ended a painful interval of misdiagnosis and beside the point drug remedy. Then Raeburn’s more youthful daughter, Alicia, twelve, was once clinically determined as struggling with melancholy after episodes of self-mutilation and suicidal techniques. She too was once time and again admitted to psychiatric hospitals. All in this negative, painful time, Raeburn’s marriage used to be disintegrating, and he needed to ask what he and his spouse may have performed, unwittingly, to give a contribution to their children’s psychological disease. And so, actually to avoid wasting his children’s lives, he used the entire assets on hand to him as a technology reporter and author to coach himself on their ailments and many of the medicinal drugs and cures on hand to aid them go back from a land of internal torment.

In Paul Raeburn’s expert palms, this memoir of a relatives bothered with the discomfort of melancholy and mania turns into a cathartic tale that any reader can proportion, whilst mom and dad unfortunate adequate to be in an analogous place will locate it of immeasurable sensible price of their personal struggles with the kid psychiatry institution.

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