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Ben Behind His Voices One Family s Journey from the Chaos of Schizophrenia to Hope When readers first meet Ben he is a sweet intelligent seemingly well adjusted youngster Fast forward to his teenage years though and Ben s life has spun out of control Ben is swept along by an il

  • Title: Ben Behind His Voices: One Family's Journey from the Chaos of Schizophrenia to Hope
  • Author: Randye Kaye
  • ISBN: 9781442210899
  • Page: 331
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Ben Behind His Voices: One Family's Journey from the Chaos of Schizophrenia to Hope By Randye Kaye, When readers first meet Ben, he is a sweet, intelligent, seemingly well adjusted youngster Fast forward to his teenage years, though, and Ben s life has spun out of control Ben is swept along by an illness over which he has no control one that results in runaway episodes, periods of homelessness, seven psychotic breaks, seven hospitalizations, and finally a diagnosis andWhen readers first meet Ben, he is a sweet, intelligent, seemingly well adjusted youngster Fast forward to his teenage years, though, and Ben s life has spun out of control Ben is swept along by an illness over which he has no control one that results in runaway episodes, periods of homelessness, seven psychotic breaks, seven hospitalizations, and finally a diagnosis and treatment plan that begins to work Schizophrenia strikes an estimated one in a hundred people worldwide by some estimates, and yet understanding of the illness is lacking Through Ben s experiences, and those of his mother and sister, who supported Ben through every stage of his illness and treatment, readers gain a better understanding of schizophrenia, as well as mental illness in general, and the way it affects individuals and families Here, Kaye encourages families to stay together and find strength while accepting the reality of a loved one s illness she illustrates, through her experiences as Ben s mother, the delicate balance between letting go and staying involved She honors the courage of anyone who suffers with mental illness and is trying to improve his life and participate in his own recovery Ben Behind His Voices also reminds professionals in the psychiatric field that every patient who comes through their doors has a life, one that he has lost through no fault of his own It shows what goes right when professionals treat the family as part of the recovery process and help them find support, education, and acceptance And it reminds readers that those who suffer from mental illness, and their families, deserve respect, concern, and dignity.

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    1. Let me begin by saying that this is one of the best books I ve read this year It touched me deep inside both as a parent and as a professional I m a Special Care Counsellor, and I have encountered mental illness both in my extended family and in my field I quickly realized as I began reading that this is an important book, which is one of the reasons I made a request to the author to review it I had no idea what to expect when I received it, but I didn t think it would be so good, so well writte [...]

    2. Horrifying Read A Testament to Abuse of Power and Parental Authority With the interest I have in getting an insight into the living circumstances of people suffering from schizophrenia and perhaps a glimpse of their unique way of seeing things, Randye Kaye s book did catch my eye, So I went ahead and read it It was even lauded as inspirational in the description, but to me it was anything but What I really got out of the book was an insight into how parental power and medical authority trumped c [...]

    3. Another book read in my quest to learn about mental health issues, particularly as they pertain to adolescents This first person report from the mother of a young man who was finally diagnosed with schizophrenia after many years of struggle is outstanding Rather than just telling her story, the author includes in every chapter lessons that she hopes others can take from her experience As a result of her son s illness, she is involved with parent to parent education through NAMI National Allianc [...]

    4. So I read this book to get informed as a friend of someone who may be facing these issues It is aimed at families who are But I would recommend it to anyone who simply wants to get educated about the experiences of others and rid themselves of stereotypes in any area.The book is a true account of a young man s heartbreaking descent into schizophrenia, written by his mother First of all, let me applaud the absolute bravery of this woman,especially dealing with this issue as a single parent She ad [...]

    5. I m not sure if enjoy is the right word to use about this book but I could hardly put it down It was so heartbreaking to read about Ben s slow deterioration and all the angst Randye had about his behavior It was also heartbreaking to read about all the misdiagnoses that happened before they finally figured things out.It was all too real Randye has gathered a really good list of resources for people dealing with schizophrenia or the families members dealing with some with mental illness I admire [...]

    6. This book isn t a great work of literature, but it s solidly written and has just so much to it It s not only readable but enjoyable and eye opening.In it, author Randye Kaye candidly recounts her son s descent into schizophrenia and the gradual, two steps forward, one step back progress towards what she terms recovery She addresses the fear and doubt she felt as a parent as she tried to reason through what was happening to her son, tried to get him the appropriate help, and at the same time wre [...]

    7. I enjoyed reading a perspective of a family member of someone with Schizophrenia, as well as a perspective of a family member who has sent their child to a group home, as I worked at one once Good perspective.

    8. 3.5 I have read quite a bit on mental illness and had been wanting to read this book for a while I found it educational overall and my heart went out to Ben and his family as his illness tore them apart There were a few things that struck me as odd in the book and they don t even really bear mentioning, other than after I read them I was like what view spoiler One of the sections was when she was struggling with his gf being a vegan and then him becoming a vegan and I thought it was strange that [...]

    9. When Randye s teenage son Ben first started acting out, she assumed he was just being a teenager When his grades slipped and he started running away, she had him checked for ADD When he dropped out of school, she wondered if he was depressed But when he sat in the garden all night talking to a tree, thoughts of mental illness started to loom.This was an interesting and frightening account of one family s experience when a loved member of that family slowly starts to go mad Since I had seen the t [...]

    10. What an up close and personal look into this family s battle with a mental illness I originally received this book as a gift from a supervisor and I wasn t disappointed with the content This book is about getting help It isn t some fluffy story that tells you that everything is going to be okay once your family is hit with mental illness It is a story about realistically adjusting what your family sees as normal, it s about survival, it s about locating resources and most importantly it is about [...]

    11. The other book I am working on is Ben Behind His Voices which is the story of a family working through the challenges of schizophrenia Now with the fact that I deal with mental illness already, you can see why I would be drawn to this book Thankfully this is not one of the issues I have to deal with But oh how I can see the way it would pull a family apart It is so hard to explain to others what is going on in my head And why my emotions do not match others But to have to explain that what I hea [...]

    12. What an amazing book Very informative, but above all, the love the author has for her son, Ben, shines through even when Ben is feeling his worst How this woman was able to handle this pretty much by herself is beyond me I think there were days when she only had 2 hours of sleep She had to find out what was wrong with Ben, then try to find someone who could help him, go through all kinds of red tape, still work, raise a daughter, Ben was not always cooperative I highly recommend this book to any [...]

    13. Having a relative with this illness, I was particularly interested in this story Written by Ben s mother, Randye Kaye, she places the reader in the midst of her family s turmoil She doesn t pull any punches in the feelings she has over time as she and Ben, along with her daughter Ali, battle this disease At times it is heart wrenching and extremely frustrating as there appears to be progress one moment, then chaos The book speaks to a variety of issues related to the illness itself including the [...]

    14. While there was plenty to learn from this account, I found it to be tedious and laborious A much concise account would have been preferable The details were far too many and over explained, and often unnecessary I do, however, commend Randye Kaye for her persistence in the face of enormous difficulties, for her strength and perseverance in the midst of great trial I read this book because I ve wanted to see what other families have gone through when schizophrenia entered their lives, as it did [...]

    15. What can you say about a book that chronicles the descent of a sweet child into mental illness This is an excellent book, which everyone should read Mental illness and especially schizophrenia is so stigmatized that people are afraid of those who are ill It is sad to watch, with the author, as her sweet, bright son deteriorates before her eyes, and the years of seeking it took before someone correctly diagnosed his disease And her reactions not wanting to be with him, but wanting to protect him [...]

    16. I wasn t planning to read this while on a trip to London, but it was so gripping I had to take it with me Randye Kaye s story of her son s gradual descent into schizophrenia,had me hoping and despairing by turns, but rooting for Ben all the way I know this story is true, because it so exactly mirrors my own, and it could only have been written by someone who s been there The style is polished and fast paced, with helpful sidebars giving practical information I highly recommend this to anyone fac [...]

    17. Ben was an average teenager until his world began to crumble Unable to focus and diagnosed with ADD, he dropped out of school at the age of 16 He spent the next few years jumping from job to job and misdiagnosis to misdiagnosis It was finally in his early twenties that Ben was diagnosed with schizophrenia and he and his family began to get the help they desperately needed to heal.Author Randye Kaye, Ben s mother and a radio personality, writes honestly and with hope of her family s journey throu [...]

    18. Kaye has written a book valuable in two ways as a beacon of hope for families with members afflicted by schizophrenia and as a wake up call to to society to rethink prejudices against mental illness and the lack of a safety net for these vulnerable members Tracing the journey of Ben s childhood and teen years to the moment in young adulthood when he was finally diagnosed albeit incorrectly at first as ill, Kaye creates a moving portrait of a her and her son s struggle to understand what was so v [...]

    19. OK, it s a bit heartbreaking autobiography biography My mom had schizophrenia, which was diagnosed after I left for college mania depressive disorder, bipolar, etc before finally schizophrenia She drank and popped pills like candies, so I really don t remember the positive and negative symptoms of her schizophrenia But the bottom line is that her feelings or less mirror my feelings as a mom of a child with severe mental illness not schizophrenia though It calls for patience, courage, love and h [...]

    20. The harrowing story of a parent s progress through life with a mentally ill child is again documented, this time most helpfully with chapter guideposts provided Though I thankfully don t have a child with this devastating illness, I would think that this book could be helpful than most It is not just an adrenalin rush through the chaos such a personality unraveling brings it provides step by step suggestions to help a parent s progession through each stage of the disease.

    21. A New PerspectiveAs a person with schizophrenia, I have never seen the journey through mental illness from the viewpoint of a parent This book made me think, laugh, cry, and many other emotions I related in many ways to Ben and saw my own mother in Randye More people, in varying situations, need to read this eye opening book.

    22. This book was crazy good The things sam s mother had to go through were beyond crazy Very entertaining informational for those wondering what it would be like to live with someone with a mental illness.

    23. Told by a family member this memoir gives an important perspective on how the love and commitment of family members plays an important role in recovery Listening to the audiobook gave an all too real glimpse into the lives of all family members.

    24. This book has been one of the most meaningful books to my life It is my story, almost to a tee I so related to her experiences with her son because they are so similar to my story And I learned so much.

    25. Excellent booka unique hybrid between a memoir with an emphasis on a mother s heartbreaking and incredibly brave experience in coping with her son s ongoing schizophrenia and an educational tool for all families dealing with mental illness.

    26. Think you know what happens to someone experiencing Schizophrenia Think again This book was heart wrenching and hopeful at the same time.

    27. This book was very compelling I felt like I got an insight into what it would be like to have a child who developed schizophrenia Very scary stuff Well told by the author.

    28. Wow So humane So moving This is going to be the first book I recommend to therapy patients and families dealing with schizophrenia.

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