As a child she was confused and embarrassed by her parents' behavior. As an adult, she fears she may inherit their devastating mental disorders. This gripping novel follows her life as she struggles to cope with her chaotic childhood, come to terms with mental illness and the toll it has had on her family, and discovers ways to thrive and start a family of her own.
Poignant, serious, and at times full of wit and humor, the novel shines a light on mental illness, and dispels many of the myths about schizophrenia—a disease that affects one out of every 100 people worldwide.
Meticulously researched, this novel accurately depicts how schizophrenia impacts mental health consumers and the people who love them. Written by a long time journalist, this engaging novel will have you rooting for this strong and brave young woman from the first page.
* Formerly titled "Playing the Genetic Lottery." Why a new edition? I trimmed down the novel (and the name) and added a descriptive subtitle and links for more info on schizophrenia to make the book more relevant to people who want or need to learn more about mental illness. The new version will also appeal to readers who love to read about interesting characters as they grow and evolve.
Here's what readers are saying about this true to life novel
“This book saved my life when my youngest was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia less than a year after I read it.” -Dawn M.
“Thank you Terri Morgan for this special touching novel. I stayed up all night and read it, and I loved every word.” -Liz Vadset Olver
"I recommended it to my Board and to others who have an interest in gaining insight into the life of a child living with schizophrenic parents." -Carol Kozlovich
President, NAMI Hawaii
"I have treated many schizophrenic patients and their families and found this fictional
narrative very touching and illuminating," Heather B. Cattell. Ph.D, clinical psychologist and author of The 16: Personality in Depth.
"Thank you for writing about this subject. It is important because it touches so many families I know," Vicki Muse.
"Playing the Genetic Lottery offers a glimpse into a part of the world that is all two often ignored," Joseph Maldonado, MS, PsychCentral.com
"This author really gets it." Ashley Smith, the founder of Embracing my Mind.
Go to the Reviews page to read more about what Reviewers have written about Playing the Genetic Lottery
Webpage last updated May 29, 2015