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Flight from Reason: A Mother's Story of Schizophrenia, Recovery and Hope [Kindle Edition]

Karen S. Yeiser

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The insidious symptoms of schizophrenia quietly transformed Karen's devoted and intelligent daughter Bethany into a dirty, despondent, homeless stranger, living on the streets of a West Coast city. After dropping out of college and refusing all contact with family and friends, her daughter pursued an obsession to travel alone to three continents in an effort to help alleviate worldwide human suffering and poverty.

Throughout an agonizing five year period of estrangement, not realizing her daughter's personality changes were the direct result of emerging schizophrenia, there were times when Karen did not know if her daughter was dead or alive. Every attempt to make contact with Bethany resulted in deeper estrangement as schizophrenia twisted her sense of reality and ravaged her mind.

One day Karen and her husband were notified by police that Bethany was being held on a 72-hour psychiatric hold in a hospital emergency room two thousand miles away. Little did they know that the reunion with their daughter would plunge all three of them into an even broader dimension of suffering generated by Bethany's severe illness and her awakened desire to reclaim her life. Through a series of events, and despite overwhelming odds, Bethany made an unexpected and complete recovery from schizophrenia.

Seen through Karen's eyes, and with raw honesty, she brings the reader directly into her own world of confusion and heartbreak. She offers an intimate perspective on the agony families endure while watching mental illness assault the mind of a loved one, and navigating the frustrating obstacle course of the mental health system.

FLIGHT FROM REASON parallels the timeline, and is the companion book to MIND ESTRANGED: My Journey from Schizophrenia and Homelessness to Recovery, written by Karen's daughter, Bethany Yeiser. Both books complement each other to present an in-depth view of severe mental illness and recovery.

"Karen's book is an inspiring message for all families, parents and their adult children."

"It is an amazing story of determination and persistence, fueled by parental love for a daughter who vanished from their lives."

"Mental health professionals such as counselors, social workers, psychologists, nurses, psychiatrists and all their trainees would find the emotional rollercoaster of Karen's experiences as a vivid example of what parents of their patients go through."

Henry A. Nasrallah, M.D.
Professor and Chairman
Department of Neurology and Psychiatry
Saint Louis University School of Medicine

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About the Author

Karen S. Yeiser is a registered nurse, and the mother of two adult children. During the span of her nursing career she devoted twenty-two years to the care of adults with developmental disabilities. While living through the crisis in her daughter’s life, she gained a deeper understanding of mental illness. She hopes to enlighten people about the devastating effects untreated mental illness can exert on individuals and family members, and stimulate new interest toward the possibility of recovery. She lives in Ohio with her husband, David. Flight from Reason is her first book.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 587 KB
  • Print Length: 217 pages
  • Publisher: Karen S. Yeiser; First edition (23 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00M2B5K1E
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5.0 out of 5 stars You should read both 30 Dec. 2014
By Randy Bruins - Published on
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"Flight from Reason," by Karen Yeiser, is a companion volume to "Mind Estranged," wrtitten by Karen's daughter Bethany. "Mind Estranged" is Bethany's first-hand account of her frightening descent into mental illness - an illness so debilitating and disorienting that Bethany became homeless, and for several years was completely cut off from her family. If you have read "Mind Estranged" (as I had before picking up "Flight from Reason"), and have walked through the agony of that experience from Bethany's perspective, you might wonder whether her mom's telling has much to add. Unless, that is, you are a parent yourself! If you are, you will open this book with fear and trembling, knowing that whatever Bethany's experience, Karen's had to have been far worse. Indeed it was worse, but also surprisingly different! "Flight from Reason" presents a wholly new and complementary set of experiences. If you are at all interested in the challenge of living with mental illness, think of these as completely different and equally rewarding volumes that converge to reveal a single case in surprising depth.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable Mental Health Resource 16 Feb. 2015
By Gayle A. - Published on
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We were overwhelmed by the presumptive and unjustified judgment and blame that came our way as parents when our daughter's illness presented. I imagine that some people subconsciously blame in order to put a barrier between their immediate families and severe mental illness. Thank you for gently giving parents who have been battered by stigma, judgment and blame a voice. Thank you for giving us a place to rest, reflect and encourage each other. And thank you for providing an honest, responsible and hopeful memoir. This is a remarkable roadmap to recovery for loved ones living with severe mental illness and their families. This book is a tremendous gift to the mental health community.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 9 Jan. 2015
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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I understood exactly where Karen Yeiser was coming from. I have a son with schizophrenia who was homeless for four years. When we finally got him back we had to fight the system to get him help. He's doing well now, not totally independent but so much better. The writer does an excellent job expressing the emotions and feelings a parent with a seriously mentally ill child goes through.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Worth reading 28 Sept. 2014
By Michelle - Published on
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This book provides a point of view from a mother. In addition to Bethany's Mind Estranged, I found this book very helpful to call for awareness to parents who might have a child going through the early stage of schizophrenia. It also give important observation from a mother's point of view, that Bethany herself might not even realize. Great book. Worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars First class information 24 Aug. 2014
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A great insight into the struggles that a parent faces in the onset of mental illness. Gives encouragement to continue on when you feel all has failed. Has given me the hope to see family through their struggles.
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