Ben Behind His Voices: A Review
I was on vacation last week and I found this to be a great opportunity to read a book that’s been on my reading list for quite a while. It’s called by Ben Behind His Voices: One Family’s Journey From Schizophrenia to Hope by Randye Kaye.
I heard Randye speak at a local NAMI annual dinner and was captivated by her story.
The book profiles Randye’s son Ben from his childhood years into adulthood and the progression of his mental illness. She vividly describes the frustrating experience of trying to get Ben the help he needed while still maintaining her career and family.
This book is a must read for anyone who has a loved one who is living with a severe and persistent mental illness and is struggling to cope. Along with her first-person account, Randye also provides “Chapter Guideposts” that offer practical suggestions on everything from signs and symptoms of Schizophrenia to resources that can be used to help a significant other to learn the “ins and outs” of the mental health system.
While this book deals primarily with Ben’s struggles with Schizophrenia, it also describes the process that many people go through to receive an accurate diagnosis and the treatment that accompanies it.
I’ve read a lot of books on mental health-related topics over the years and I have to say that this was one of the best. Randye is a great storyteller. While the book begins and ends in the present, it is open-ended with the future of Ben still to unfold.
I highly recommend this book and give it five stars.
What books have you read on mental illness that you’ve appreciated?