READ Hidden Valley Road Inside the Mind of an American Family Author Robert Kolker


Hidden Valley Road Inside the Mind of an American FamilyWORST PARENTS EVERThis book was a bit of a chaotic hot mess at the beginning and I almost gave up on it a couple of times The author meanders through long descriptions of sewing shut the eyes of birds for falconry then into tangents about the history of studying mental illness and a whole bunch of other stuff I ve forgotten I stuck with it because I wanted to know about the family and it did get coherent after awhile It s not the done thing here in America to tell people how many children they should have But if ou have seven or eight of them and Representation Cultural Representations and Signifying Practices Culture Media and Identities Series you are leaving the older ones home to care for and terrorize theounger ones whilst Five fags a day you go off trying to be part of the jet setou should probably not crank out any chubby cherubs Of course it s not the fault of the parents that so many of their sons had schizophrenia and other mental illnesses but the neglect is their fault If Wicked Affairs p 2 you have grown sons with serious mental illness it s just plain bad parenting to let them be alone with their defenseless little sisters What happened to those girls seems like it should be unforgivable but theoungest daughter has found it in her heart to forgive So blessings upon her She s a better woman than I am Before my review I just want to say this book left a lump in my throat it was an emotional journey I felt it in my gut and wish I could reach out and support every single one of the Galvin children parents toovia my blog Mary s mother is well practiced at laughing off moments like these behaving as if nothing is strange To do anything else would be the same as admitting that she lacks any real control over the situation that she cannot understand what is happening in her house much less how to stop it Hidden Valley Road is the story of a family created by Don and Mimi Galvin ten boys and See my full review over on booktube This was I think my first book tackling one of the most mysterious diseases schizophrenia Mr Kolker explains the ways it was treated in the past in a most accessible way at least I not belonging to a medical profession understood most of it which does not mean I remembered everything as there is a lot of information including names of the doctors and those of the medicamentsMr Kolker took a sad history of one American family the Galvins living in Colorado as the background for his informative non fiction Mimi and Don Galvin had twelve children and six of them boys developed schizophrenia as they grew up These unusual cases six male siblings suffering from this medical condition allowed doctors to do research into the reasons behind schizophrenia which provided a better understanding of itWhat made this story sad for me was not only the cases of this terrible disease but also other forms of abuse and neglect which were hard to read about All in all this is not a book that puts a reader in an upbeat mood but it is definitely #Worth The Read It #the read It written clearly and gives a broad picture of ways to define and cure a disease which terrifies us PS The Gavins seem to be a big family but last Jane of Gowlands year I watched some news on a Polish family consisting of 21 children 2018 plus parents 35 stars Fascinating readable and depressing as hell Unfortunately this fell a little short for me in a few waysAt first the hook of this book is enough to drawour attention Just one family with twelve children where half of them have diagnoses of schizophrenia When The Piper in the Wind you hear it it s is such a strange and unusual thing thatou do not see it as real experiences Kolker s main goal here is to change that to make The Proposal you see the real impact the illness has on people how it affects them over days andears He intersperses their story with the history of the scientific research into schizophrenia Both stories are interesting and well written but for me both were flawedThe family s story is hampered in ways Kolker cannot really help While there are 14 members of the Galvin family it s uite clear that only 3 spent considerable time with Kolker Many have died And it s absolutely understandable why many of the siblings who are not schizophrenic would have had enough of the whole thing and not want to be extensively interviewed but as a reader I kept expecting the story to open up outside of the three women in it except it rarely did An even bigger obstacle that Kolker cannot help is that the schizophrenic siblings are not generally capable of providing their own point of view as they are suffering not only from their illness but from the serious toll the treatments have taken on them But it is a badly needed counterpoint It is hard to see a story about mental illness that does not include any voices from the mentally ill I think it could have benefited from of an effort to present to the reader what their experiences were like through research and interviews with other schizophrenic people I certainly would have appreciated it the ill siblings often feel like objects to be managed than people and it often left a bad taste in my mouthI also found that the emphasis on the mother and two daughters was sometimes too bogged down with their history and grudges Again these are all entirely understandable but much of the end of the book is made up Again these are all entirely understandable but much of the end of the book is made up entirely of the daughters attempts to work through their anger from their. The heartrending story of a midcentury American family with twelve children six of them diagnosed with schizophrenia that became science's great hope in the uest to understand the diseaseDon and Mimi Galvin seemed to be living the American dream After World War II Don's work with the Air Force brought them to Colorado where their twelve children perfectly spanned the baby boom the oldest born in 1945 the Prey youngest in 1965 In thoseears there was an established script for a family like the Galvins aspiration hard work upward mobility domestic Childhood They have suffered immensely and I am full of sympathy for them but when we dive into their specific ways of coping with these old traumas the book can lose focus It also made me feel weird about the mother Mimi who is seen by the daughters as having prioritized their ill brothers over their own needs and this is generally presented as the factual account We find later that Mimi is rather determined not to present her own point of view but it does make it feel lopsided I cannot imagine what kind of choices she was presented with and choosing to continue to care for her ill sons was certainly a choice that had conseuences but it s unclear what other options this family had Every choice was a difficult one and relying so heavily on the daughters accounts pulls us out of that impossible situationAnd for the last of my nitpicks it is again no fault of Kolker s but the science part of the narrative is uite interesting but we find ourselves in the sad state at the end of the book where while significant changes in approach and thinking have been made the way we treat schizophrenia has hardly changed at all and it will likely be decades before those changes come about I think maybe it was my fault as a reader expecting there to be some big shift around the next corner but it could also be the way the book is structured and presented Yes I know this has been one of those reviews that is mostly negative even though my feelings on the book are mostly positive but I am confident this book has enough people singing its praises that I feel its important to say them I d also like to note that Kolker often refers to those with schizophrenia as mad or insane and those who do not have it as sane which was not my favorite There is also a really really really significant amount of domestic violence and child molestation in this book if those are difficult topics for ou I suspect this book will be Too Much This is a harrowing and intricate nonfiction account of an all American family of twelve ten boys and two girls born between 1945 and 1965 I can t begin to imagine having a family of this size much less cope with the onset and aftermath of six of the boys schizophrenia There is abuse among family members as well as what is now considered to be abusive treatment of the afflicted The Galvin family was instrumental in the research of brain disease given the number of diagnoses and misdiagnoses within the family Each of the ill boys symptoms presented differently So this book chronicles not only the experiences of the ill and healthy members but also the ongoing research into brain diseases and their treatment The author treats the family with respect and as individuals who love hurt and hope For a family schizophrenia is primarily a felt experience as if the foundation of the Family Is Permanently Tilted In The Direction is permanently tilted in the direction the sick family member Even if just one child has schizophrenia everything about the internal logic of that family changes Few of us have been untouched by mental illness either in our own families or in one we know Most families with one mentally ill child struggles Having six is unfathomableBetween 1945 and 1965 Mimi and Don Galvin had 12 children 10 boys and two girls They were the picture of a successful and beautiful and Don Galvin had 12 children 10 boys and two girls They were the picture of a successful and beautiful but what was happening behind closed doors was #ANYTHING BUT EVENTUALLY 6 OF THEIR 10 BOYS WERE #but Eventually 6 of their 10 boys were by schizophrenia The average age of onset is late teensearly 20s so by the time the oldest son exhibited symptoms their family was complete The search for an explanation and a cure became all encompassing The lack of knowledge in the medical and psychological community and what this family endured especially the mother was heartbreaking and infuriating The prevailing wisdom at the time was nurture especially the mother s role trumped nature The children who were well were profoundly affected as well especially the girls Interspersed amid the personal story of this family the author takes us through the history of schizophrenia and the scientific advances that have been made and he does it in an accessible way The Gavin family with so many affected was instrumental into the study of the disease There is no happy ending for there is no cure and the treatment was often as devastating as the illness itself However the author treats the subject with compassion and understanding which sheds a light on mental illness and its devastating effects I m certain that every family so affected by mental illness has a different story to tell and it must be remembered that this is simply the Gavin family s story and not indicative of all families with a mentally ill member Each son s disease presented differently The Gavin family had extenuating circumstances with the sheer number of children affected and the veil of secrecy denial and dysfunction in the home But what family dealing with their circumstances wouldn t be dysfunctional We ve come a long way in the field of mental illness but not long enoughI applaud the family members who were incredibly brave in allowing the author access and allowing such a painful personal story to be told in the hope of furthering understanding and removing the veil of secrecy and shame that often accompanies mental illness. Armony and they worked hard to play their parts But behind the scenes was a different story psychological breakdown sudden shocking violence hidden abuse By the mid 1970s six of the ten Galvin boys one after another were diagnosed as schizophrenic How could all this happen to one family What took place inside the house on Hidden Valley Road was so extraordinary that the Galvins became one of the first families to be studied by the National Institute of Mental Health Their story offers a shadow history of the science of schizophrenia from the

free read Hidden Valley Road Inside the Mind of an American Family

The Scourge of Schizophrenia This frightening AND SEEMINGLY UNFATHOMABLE TRUE STORY IS seemingly Unfathomable True Story Is true story is family with 12 children in which 6 of the boys develop schizophrenia So much suffering is hard to take in For not only did the sick boys endure unbelievable hardships the well were left to take care of themselves Parents of one sick child ignore their healthy children but when there are so many this behaviour is a lot closer to neglect Time and time again reading this I grew angry at the parents The father was never home and the mother acted for the most part as if nothing was happening Both were able to put a positive spin on the horror #happening at home and lots of secrets were keptAlong with the family s internal politics the author #at home and lots of secrets were keptAlong with the family s internal politics the author us the history of schizophrenia treatment and how the Galvin family was able to eventually help with learning why and how this terrible illness happens He also addressed how it can be treated in the future and about the many mistakes of the past The odds of reading two books at the same time where both families have twelve children has to be high That though is there only commanality I ve never read anything like this it was both hard to read because if subject matter and well done Mimi and Don Kohler wanted the American dream a large family happy marriage happy life After WWII Done work with the Air Force brought them to California where at first the family prospered Ten boys were born in succession followed finally by two girls As the children grew Mimi was a strict organizer priding herself on keeping her family in line or so it appeared Six of the boys would in time develop mental illnesses and schizophrenia the main offenderCannot even begin to imagine how one copes with this kind of challenge With great compassion Kolker tells the story of this belegured family The hospitalazations medication violence fear hidden abuse as I m said hard to read The family story alternates with the scientific investigations theories that changed from ear to Batman: Arkham Asylum - A Serious House on Serious Earth year this family of particular interest to researchers How the other family members copes or didn t reuiringears if therapy in some cases One can t help but feel for them all this insidious mental illness causing havoc sadness and tragedy for allARC from Edelweiss Meet the Galvin familyTHIS IS A MIND BLOWING STORYFASCINATING UNBELIEVABLE RIVETING INFORMATIVE HEARTBREAKING This is one of those non fiction books that often reads like fiction It s incredibly intimatein details descriptions character development storytelling and facts It just seems so inconceivable that this much mental illness could hit one nuclear family By the end of this book I felt I knew each of the fourteen family members well by name their interests struggles and personal temperaments We also get an experience of the family interacting competitive dynamics The most basic every day routines for a family of 14from eating to grocery shopping cooking household chores clothes washing folding of diapers studying piano lessons educational and cultural aspirations sports other friends neighbors socializing work the parents as individuals and as a couple and the siblings constant companions who were and were not diagnosed with any mental illness made this book unputdownable Both family and medical history was examined extensively Something was very wrongwith the first born son then the next nextnextand nextI kept thinking Oh my god I d die if I was the mother of this family so much tragedyblame shame guiltsuffering mother monster accusations Heaven help me Yikes and why so many children After 10 boys came 2 girls followed MomMimi was 40 Once is Never Enough years old when her last child was born Even though the girls weren t diagnosed with mental illness it was painful to read their stories as well The house in Hidden Valley in Colorado Springs was vividly describeda 1960s home with large pine trees surrounding with lots of room for playing football kickball Simon Says etc Surreal reading Interesting kids parents growing upears other families nearby had eight kidsmoving along earsbreakdowns fightsparties Rock n roll music church military service fundraisers public relation talks the Vietnam war era troubled fantasy thoughtssuicide attempts education college degrees marriage divorcesfrightening behaviors emotional devastation manipulations within the family avoidance of the family anger and self care needsbrutal institutions shock therapy treatments and testings mental health stigmas loss death memorial services birthsloveDSM American psychiatric association understanding two different doctors making different studiesThe resilience of this family was as extraordinary as the horrors I was as transfixed by the science study and the doctors who studied schizophrenia agreed and disagreed the research testing analyzing ongoing studies today with eually as much interest as much as I was taking in my own experience of each of the family members Twelve children six diagnosed with schizophrenia and or Bipolar disorder Nature or Nurture Incredible extraordinary thought provoking phenomenally researched addictive page turning educational personal storyWritten with upmost empathy and compassion Not a book I d give to mom for Mother s Daybuthighly readable and recommendabl. Ra of institutionalization lobotomy and the schizophrenogenic mother to the search for genetic markers for the disease always amid profound disagreements about the nature of the illness itself And unbeknownst to the Galvins samples of their DNA informed decades of genetic research that continues today offering paths to treatment prediction and even eradication of the disease for future generations With clarity and compassion bestselling and award winning author Robert Kolker uncovers one family's unforgettable legacy of suffering love and hope.