Two significant new chapters expand the successfull first edition of The Skipping Stone - one on parents of people with severe mental illnesses, the other on preparing families for when care-giving parents die. Many other updated and new topics - including spirituality's role in coping - round out this portrait of families struggling with ripple effects of mood disorders, the schizophrenias, or the dementias.
Mixing compassion and practicality in equal parts, Mona Wasow has created an out-standing book for families ... of great value to anyone who must live with or treat these diseases. - E. Fuller Torrey, M.D.
When someone has a severe mental illness (SMI), what's it like for the rest of the family? How can professionals benefit by working with relatives of their SMI clients?
With insight and poignancy, Mona Wasow explores experiences of the families of people with schizophrenia or a mood disorder. Her work includes the first information on how grandparents feel and react to the ripples. It is also among the first to talk about the rest of the extended family, as well as parents, siblings, children, and spouses.
Wasow's clinical recommendations and vignettes draw from in-depth interviews with 100 family members, with various professionals, and from available literature. This book creates more room for people of different convictions to work together with respect and compassion.
Mona Wasow, LCSW, is a legendary clinical professor of social work at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her first book, Coping with Schizophrenia, was especially popular with families and within the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, where she continues to be a valued member and speaker.
... a compassionate but stirring wake-up call to professionals to hear and to address the concerns of all types of family members, e.g. children, siblings, spouses, grandparents, aunts, and uncles ... - Mary Ann Test, Ph.D., Professor, School of Social Work, Univ. of Wisconsin at Madison
... her conversational style gives the impression that you have entered into a heart-to-heart talk with the author as she shares her extensive research-based knowledge, personal advice, and information from a wide range of up-to-date sources ... a strong message of compassion for self and others - Marilyn Wedenoia, for the NAMI Literature Committee
... shows that mental illness is indeed a family affair, because no family is left untouched by its anguish. These are stories of grieving and loss, of wanting distance from the source of pain, and also of resilience, loyalty, and hope. - Harriet Lefley, Professor of Psychiatry, Univ. of Miami School of Medicine
... immensely wise and lovingly written. Its original research illuminates with its humanity and reminds us of the power of story ... inspiring in its message that families, educators, and clinicians need to work together - Ann Deveson, Australian filmmaker and author of Tell Me I'm Here