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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. See my full review over on booktube

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Hidden Valley Road Inside the Mind of an American Family

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 youngest in 1965 In those years there was an established script for a family like the Galvins aspiration hard work upward mobility domestic h. 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 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 up years other families nearby had eight kidsmoving along yearsbreakdowns 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 recommendable

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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 e. 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


10 thoughts on “Hidden Valley Road Inside the Mind of an American Family

  1. says:

    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 deta

  2. says:

    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 happ

  3. says:

    The Scourge of Schizophrenia This frightening and seemingly unfathomable true story is about a family with 12 children in which 6 of the boys develop schizophrenia So much suffering is hard to take in For not only

  4. says:

    “For a family schizophrenia is primarily a felt experience as if the foundation of the family is permanently t

  5. says:

    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

  6. says:

    35 stars Fascinating readable and depressing as hell Unfortunately this fell a little short for me in a few waysA

  7. says:

    See my full review over on booktube

  8. says:

    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 un

  9. says:

    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 m

  10. says:

    WORST 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