Acquainted with the Night: A Parent's Quest to Understand Depression and Bipolar Disorder in His Children

Acquainted with the Night: A Parent's Quest to Understand Depression and Bipolar Disorder in His Children

Paul Raeburn


within the culture of Kay Redfield Jamison’s An Unquiet Mind, Acquainted with the Night is a strong memoir of 1 man’s fight to accommodate the adolescent melancholy and bipolar sickness of his son and his daughter.

Seven years in the past Paul Raeburn’s son, Alex, 11, was once admitted to a psychiatric health center after leaving his fifth-grade school room in an inexplicable rage. He used to be hospitalized 3 times over the subsequent 3 years until eventually he was once eventually clinically determined by way of a psychiatrist as an individual showing a uncomplicated case of bipolar disease. This ended a painful interval of misdiagnosis and irrelevant drug remedy. Then Raeburn’s more youthful daughter, Alicia, twelve, was once clinically determined as being affected by melancholy after episodes of self-mutilation and suicidal options. She too used to be many times admitted to psychiatric hospitals. All in this bad, painful time, Raeburn’s marriage used to be disintegrating, and he needed to ask what he and his spouse may have performed, unwittingly, to give a contribution to their children’s psychological affliction. And so, actually to avoid wasting his children’s lives, he used the entire assets to be had to him as a technology reporter and author to coach himself on their ailments and a number of the medications and treatments on hand to aid them go back from a land of internal torment.

In Paul Raeburn’s expert palms, this memoir of a relatives troubled with the soreness of melancholy and mania turns into a cathartic tale that any reader can proportion, at the same time mom and dad unfortunate sufficient to be in an identical place will locate it of immeasurable functional price of their personal struggles with the kid psychiatry institution.

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