By Paul Raeburn
[b]In the culture of Kay Redfield Jamison’s An Unquiet Mind, Acquainted with the Night is a strong memoir of 1 man’s fight to house the adolescent melancholy and bipolar illness of his son and his daughter.
Seven years in the past Paul Raeburn’s son, Alex, 11, used to be admitted to a psychiatric medical institution after leaving his fifth-grade school room in an inexplicable rage. He used to be hospitalized thrice over the subsequent 3 years till he was once ultimately clinically determined by means of a psychiatrist as a person showing a straight forward case of bipolar ailment. 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 being affected by melancholy after episodes of self-mutilation and suicidal suggestions. She too used to be many times admitted to psychiatric hospitals. All in this poor, painful time, Raeburn’s marriage was once disintegrating, and he needed to ask what he and his spouse may have performed, unwittingly, to give a contribution to their children’s psychological ailment. And so, actually to save lots of his children’s lives, he used the entire assets to be had to him as a technology reporter and author to coach himself on their illnesses and many of the medicines and treatments on hand to aid them go back from a land of internal torment.
In Paul Raeburn’s expert fingers, this memoir of a relations with the discomfort of melancholy and mania turns into a cathartic tale that any reader can proportion, at the same time mom and dad unfortunate adequate to be in the same place will locate it of immeasurable useful price of their personal struggles with the kid psychiatry institution.
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Acquainted with the Night: A Parent's Quest to Understand Depression and Bipolar Disorder in His Children by Paul Raeburn