A Legacy of Madness: Recovering My Family from Generations

A Legacy of Madness: Recovering My Family from Generations of Mental Illness The story of a loving family coming to grips with its own fragilities, A Legacy of Madness relays the author s journey to uncover, and ultimately understand, the history of mental illness that led generations of his suburban American family to their demise Dede Davis had worried, fussed, and obsessed for the last time Her heart stopped beating in a fit of anxiety In the wake of his mother s death, Tom Davis knew one thing Helplessly self absorbed and severely obsessive compulsive, Dede led a tormented life She spent years bouncing around mental health facilities, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities, but what really caused her death A Legacy of Madness portrays Tom Davis s captivating discoveries of mental illness throughout generations of his family Investigating his mother s history led to that of Davis s grandfather, a top administrator at one of the largest psychiatric hospitals in the country his great grandfather who died of self inflicted gas asphyxiation during the Depression and his great great grandmother who, with her eldest son, completed suicide one tragic day Ultimately, four generations of family members showed clear signs of depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, and alcoholism often mistreated illnesses that test one s ability to copeThrough this intimate memoir, we join Davis on a personal odyssey to ensure that he and his siblings, the fifth generation, recover their family legacy by not only surviving their own mental health disorders but by getting the help they need to lead healthy, balanced lives In the end, we witness Davis s powerful transition as he makes peace with the past and heals through forgiveness and compassion for his family and himself [Reading] ➿ Fisica 1 - Principios y Problemas ➶ Paul W. 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Renee Hill ➚ – Lavons.co.uk and ultimately understand [Read] ➱ Games Rednecks Play By Jeff Foxworthy – Lavons.co.uk the history of mental illness that led generations of his suburban American family to their demise Dede Davis had worried [PDF / Epub] ✑ The Magic Cottage ☄ James Herbert – Lavons.co.uk fussed [KINDLE] ❀ Practical Object-Oriented Design in Ruby: An Agile Primer (Addison-Wesley Professional Ruby Series) 1, Sandi Metz, eBook - Amazon.com Auteur Sandi Metz – Lavons.co.uk and obsessed for the last time Her heart stopped beating in a fit of anxiety In the wake of his mother s death [Ebook] ➠ Eski Yunanca - Türkçe Sözlük Author Güler Çelgin – Lavons.co.uk Tom Davis knew one thing Helplessly self absorbed and severely obsessive compulsive ✭ [PDF] ✪ Dont Leave Me Alone By GG ✺ – Lavons.co.uk Dede led a tormented life She spent years bouncing around mental health facilities ❮PDF❯ ✭ I Won a Spaceship ✩ Author Harrison Park – Lavons.co.uk nursing homes ☆ [PDF / Epub] ★ The Black Mask Boys By William F. Nolan ✩ – Lavons.co.uk and assisted living facilities [Read] ➮ Born to Ride (Sons of Chaos MC, By Eva Grace – Lavons.co.uk but what really caused her death A Legacy of Madness portrays Tom Davis s captivating discoveries of mental illness throughout generations of his family Investigating his mother s history led to that of Davis s grandfather [Reading] ➿ Evangelical Hermeneutics And The New Testament Use Of The Old Testament ➶ Rynold D Dean – Lavons.co.uk a top administrator at one of the largest psychiatric hospitals in the country his great grandfather who died of self inflicted gas asphyxiation during the Depression and his great great grandmother who ➵ [Reading] ➷ May and Amy By Josceline Dimbleby ➪ – Lavons.co.uk with her eldest son [Read] ➳ The Tale of Miss Berta London Author Jihan Latimer – Lavons.co.uk completed suicide one tragic day Ultimately ☀ [PDF / Epub] ★ personality development By rajiv k mishra ✍ – Lavons.co.uk four generations of family members showed clear signs of depression [PDF] ✐ Interpretations of Calamity from the Viewpoint of Human Ecology Author Kenneth Hewitt – Lavons.co.uk obsessive compulsive disorder ➾ [Download] ➻ The Hot Flash Club Strikes Again By Nancy Thayer ➷ – Lavons.co.uk and alcoholism often mistreated illnesses that test one s ability to copeThrough this intimate memoir [PDF] ✪ Angel Landing Author Alice Hoffman – Lavons.co.uk we join Davis on a personal odyssey to ensure that he and his siblings ❴Ebook❵ ➨ Son of Avonar (The Bridge of DArnath, Author Carol Berg – Lavons.co.uk the fifth generation [PDF / Epub] ✅ Mouthing the Words Author Camilla Gibb – Lavons.co.uk recover their family legacy by not only surviving their own mental health disorders but by getting the help they need to lead healthy ❮Epub❯ ➝ Stingrays! 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About the Author: Tom Davis

Tom Davis is an award winning journalist and web producer who is the regional editor for Jersey Shore news at AOL s Patch.com His book, A Legacy of Madness Recovering My Family from Generations of Mental Illness, is scheduled to be released by Hazelden Publishing on Oct 3, 2011 The book is available at Barnes and Noble Wal Mart and many independent retailers The book was endorsed by former First Lady Rosalynn Carter.Until 2010, he was a multi media journalist with The Record of Bergen County, N.J., and also wrote articles that appeared in The Star Ledger He teaches journalism classes at Rutgers University, where he sits on the Digital Committee and is helping to developof a digital media presence in the Journalism and Media Studies Department Tom produces Rutgers Reporter, a weekly web newspaper with content produced by his classes.At The Record, he wrote Coping one of the nation s only mental health columns for five years In 2007, he was named Citizen of the Year by the American Psychiatric Association s New Jersey chapter Davis also received an ambassador award from the New Jersey Governor s Council on Stigma in 2008 Tom Davis was one of six people in the nation to win the Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellowship in 2004 He also writes a blog called Coping with Life which deals with life, family and mental health issues.To contact him, check out www.tom davis.net or www.tom davis.net rutgers.html or send an email to Tom Davis s Wikipedia page can be found here



10 thoughts on “A Legacy of Madness: Recovering My Family from Generations of Mental Illness

  1. says:

    So, I did enjoy this book, but I was left extremely frustrated I wanted to read the book in the first place because my family faces many of the same issues that are described in the blurb However, I am the spouse in this situation I married in to a family with severe anxiety disorders My Mother in law is OCD, her father was nearly incapacitated by agoraphobia, her sister has what I believe is turrets syndrome


  2. says:

    Full disclosure off the bat the author is a friend of mine That said, he s a good enough friend for me to be honest in my review Let it also be known that I do not make it a habit to read memoirs or books about mental illness In fact, I picked up the book to support the author with no intention of reading it It felt uncomfortable too voyeuristic A chat with the author allayed by hesitation and I m glad it did.This


  3. says:

    Wow That s my first impression This is an important book everyone needs to read Everyone is affected by mental illness Make no mistake about it, whether it s a family member, a friend, or co worker Davis crafts this page turner with such clarity and detail about his generations of family mental illness, starting with his great great grandparents who both committed suicide to the decade s long struggle of his mother befor


  4. says:

    This book is a true story about Tom Davis and his family s struggles with mental illness It contains many personal stories about his own experience with bulimia and how his family dealt with his mother and grandfather who suffered from depression, OCD, and were alcoholics He also investigates the circumstances around the suicides of his great grandfather and great great grandmother.I was impressed by the author s story and wil


  5. says:

    A must read to help understand mental illness and its devastating impact on families Tom writes with great clarity and detail about his mom s struggles with obsessive compulsive disorder and alcoholism He delves into his family s history and the tragedies of how failing mental health has cascaded through prior generations The author also recognizes his own issues, those of his siblings and the steps taken to protect his children s m


  6. says:

    Where we came from dictates where we are going, what we are attracted to and what we are afraid of I ve said it before and I will be redundant and say it again no one is normal That chick in your office who always looks perfect, the celebrity on television, the guy at the bank making a large depositeach of us has something What Mr Davis does here is not only recognize that, but embraces and learns from it in order to try to help himself a


  7. says:

    Coming from a family with a history of mental illness, suicide and simply odd behaviours, I couldn t wait to read this book At the end of the day however, I was disappointed The ultimate theme to educate about mental illness as a journalist lay a little flat because I did not feel that educated by his book I took from it that his main points were that mood, behaviour and psychiatric disorders have a a genetic component surprise The other big th


  8. says:

    This was an incredibly moving and very personal account of generations of mental illness deeply effecting the lives of everyone involved in Tom Davis s family line I m very impressed by his honesty and openness For people without experience with mental illness, I m sure this will be a very illuminating book As an added bonus, the author s career is writing, he has been a professional journalist for over 20 years Not only does he convey an honest and


  9. says:

    Tom Davis is so brave Despite advances in medical technology, our society still does not know the illnesses and causes of death for grandparents and great grandparents especially those family members who suffered from mental illnesses.When children are very young, they assume how their parents run the home is normal or like other homes As children age, they begin to see their parents might be different The author dove into his family history, confronted hi


  10. says:

    Review copy won on Goodreads.com on 3 13 12.Mr Davis shows amazing courage to discuss these issues in such a public forum Thank you for sharing this very personal matter so that others may learn from your family s experience Well done.


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