The Things I Couldnt Say: A daughter searches for the truth about her mothers mental illness and the father who abandoned her. Catherine McIntire

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The Things I Couldnt Say: A daughter searches for the truth about her mothers mental illness and the father who abandoned her.  by  Catherine McIntire

The Things I Couldnt Say: A daughter searches for the truth about her mothers mental illness and the father who abandoned her. by Catherine McIntire
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When my mother gave 12-year-old me a secret box of letters and poems which had been written by my father, the father who abandoned us both many years before, I began to question what I had been told: that my father caused my mothers mental illness.MoreWhen my mother gave 12-year-old me a secret box of letters and poems which had been written by my father, the father who abandoned us both many years before, I began to question what I had been told: that my father caused my mothers mental illness.THE THINGS I COULDN’T SAY is the true story of a courageous, loving mother struggling to hide the torment within her and a little girl growing to womanhood in the midst of family myths, secrets and lies.

My story recounts my mother’s horror when she was placed behind bars in a mental institution, given ice water baths and electro-convulsive shock therapy. Despite being surrounded by loving relatives, I faced my mothers illness alone, due to a wall of silence regarding her disease. Did my mother truly have schizophrenia, or were the episodes simply nervous breakdowns caused by my father, as I had been told?

Did my father try to strangle my mother? Was it true that my mother was raped as a child? Did that cause her illness? Could my mothers recollections be trusted or did shock treatments forever damage her memory?

I found my father after not seeing him for 26 years, but in the process, my mother disowned me. Finding my way back to her led me to revelations about my mother, my father, my step-father and myself as I learned that few people, doctors included, truly understand schizophrenia.Woven into this story is a brief history of the treatment of mental illness, including bizarre interventions from earlier centuries, such as boring holes into the skull, bloodletting, and exorcisms. The book also includes a brief section with current information on possible causes of schizophrenia and promising new treatments.



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