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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. For a family schizophrenia is primarily a felt experience as if the foundation of the family is permanently tilted in the direction of the sick family member Even if just one child has schizophrenia everything about the internal logic of that family changes Few of us have been untouched by mental illness either in our own families or in one we know Most families with one mentally ill child struggles Having six is unfathomableBetween 1945 and 1965 Mimi and Don Galvin had 12 children 10 boys and two girls They were the picture of a successful and beautiful family but what was happening behind closed doors was anything but Eventually 6 of their 10 boys were affected by schizophrenia The average age of onset is late teensearly 20s so by the time the oldest son exhibited symptoms their family was complete The search for an explanation and a cure became all encompassing The lack of knowledge in the medical and psychological community and what this family endured especially the mother was heartbreaking and infuriating The prevailing wisdom at the time was nurture especially the mother s role trumped nature The children who were well were profoundly affected as well especially the girls Interspersed amid the personal story of this family the author takes us through the history of schizophrenia and the scientific advances that have been made and he does it in an accessible way The Gavin family with so many affected was instrumental into the study of the disease There is no happy ending for there is no cure and the treatment was often as devastating as the illness itself However the author treats the subject with compassion and understanding which sheds a light on mental illness and its devastating effects I m certain that every family so affected by mental illness has a different story to tell and it must be remembered that this is simply the Gavin family s story and not indicative of all families with a mentally ill member Each son s disease presented differently The Gavin family had extenuating circumstances with the sheer number of children affected and the veil of secrecy denial and dysfunction in the home But what family dealing with their circumstances wouldn t be dysfunctional We ve come a long way in the field of mental illness but not long enoughI applaud the family members who were incredibly brave in allowing the author access and allowing such a painful personal story to be told in the hope of furthering understanding and removing the veil of secrecy and shame that often accompanies mental illness

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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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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. 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 did the sick boys endure unbelievable hardships the well were left to take care of themselves Parents of one sick child ignore their healthy children but when there are so many this behaviour is a lot closer to neglect Time and time again reading this I grew angry at the parents The father was never home and the mother acted for the most part as if nothing was happening Both were able to put a positive spin on the horror happening at home and lots of secrets were keptAlong with the family s internal politics the author tells us the history of schizophrenia treatment and how the Galvin family was able to eventually help with learning why and how this terrible illness happens He also addressed how it can be treated in the future and about the many mistakes of the past


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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 details descriptions character development storytelling and facts It just seems so inconceivable that

  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 happy life After WWII Done work with the Air Force brought them to California where at first th

  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 did the sick boys endure unbelievable hardships the well were left to take care of themselves Parents of one sick child ignore their healthy children but when there are so many this behaviour is a

  4. says:

    “For a family schizophrenia is primarily a felt experience as if the foundation of the family is permanently tilted in the direction of the sick family member Even if just one child has schizophrenia everything about the internal logic of that family changes”Few of us have been untouched by mental illness

  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

  6. says:

    35 stars Fascinating readable and depressing as hell Unfortunately this fell a little short for me in a few waysAt first the hook of this book is enough to draw your attention Just one family with twelve children where half of them have diagnoses of schizophrenia When you hear it it's is such a strange and unusual thing that you d

  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 understood most of it w

  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 my gut and wish I could reach out and support every single one of the Galvin children parents toovia my blog 'Mary’s mother is wel

  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 be

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