Henry's Demons: Living with Schizophrenia, a Father and Son's Story

Patrick Cockburn and Henry Cockburn, Scribner, $25 (256p) ISBN 978-1-4391-5470-0
This sensitive story of a family's battle with schizophrenia looks at the ignorance and stigma that often accompany any mention of mental illness. When Cockburn, a foreign correspondent for the Independent on assignment in Afghanistan, learns his 20-year-old son, Henry, has been institutionalized after trying to drown himself, he tries to understand why his son has had a mental breakdown. The Cockburns, a tightly knit family, are severely tested by the pressures of a loved one undone by his mind and locked away for seven years in a mental hospital. Told in alternate views, both father and son write candidly of the illness, medications, and numerous hospitalizations, along with harrowing descriptions of visions and voices. This straightforward, unsentimental book, is a bold plea for more research and cutting-edge therapies to combat mental illness. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 11/08/2010
Release date: 02/01/2011
Genre: Nonfiction
Paperback - 256 pages - 978-1-84739-859-8
Ebook - 256 pages - 978-1-84737-711-1
Paperback - 256 pages - 978-1-4391-5471-7
Hardcover - 238 pages - 978-1-84737-703-6
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