“An important, poignant voice rooted in one family’s experience.  Will help move communities beyond dialogue to action.”

Michael J. Fitzpatrick, M.S.W.
Executive Director
National Alliance on Mental Illness


“A heart rendering but honest story … [that] will help others avoid the self-blame and diminish the heartbreak that severe mental illness can impose.”

Peter V. Rabins, M.D., M.P.H.
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Co-author of The 36 Hour Day


“Reading Surrounded By Madness is like watching the inevit-able train crash that you can’t stop from happening. Poignant, vivid, tragic, yet ultimately resilient.”

Stephen P. Hinshaw, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Psychology
University of California at Berkeley
Vice-Chair for Psychology, Department of Psychiatry
University of California at San Francisco


“Dramatic insights into the plight of families. Humanizes a difficult problem. A must read.”

Gerald N. Grob, Ph.D.
Henry E. Sigerist Professor of the History of Medicine Emeritus
Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research
Rutgers University


“A report from the front lines of the daily battles of mental illness and a first-hand account of loss, this is a compelling book for clinicians, scholars, and family members trying to understand chronic mental illness.”

Michael A. Smyer, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology & Provost
Bucknell University


“Honest and heartbreaking and sure to initiate important conversations about mental illness – the first step toward reducing stigma.”

Christine Ferri, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

A Memoir of Mental Illness and Family Secrets