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To Walk on Eggshells: ...is to Care for a Mental Illness Paperback – 1 Mar 2005
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A priceless and refreshingly sensible account from a carer. -- Professor Angus Mackay, OBE, FRCPsych, Director of Mental Health, Lomond and Argyll.
Jean Johnston's reassuring words provide comfort and guidance to all carers and will be an indispensable ally. -- Doug Huskey, care giver, California, USA
Priceless and refreshingly sensible. Easy to read, clearly sincere it is an uncontrived and altogether memorable acount. -- Professor Angus Mackay, OBE, FRCPsych, Director of Mental Health, Lomond and Argyll.
Reassuring words that provide carers with an indispensable ally. -- D. Huskey, NAMI, USA
Refreshingly, her emphasis on the hope, 'the light' that she inspires to rather than the self-destruction caused by her illness. -- The List
The book is worth its weight in gold. -- Murial Gray, Writer and Broadcaster
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Facing the challenge of looking after mental illness is frightening and isolating. I hope this account of my experiences and how I felt, along with what I learnt, will help to alleviate the loneliness of their situation as they face the challenge of being 'The Carer' of mental illness with the book perhaps offering some reassurance.See all Product description
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So says Jean Johnston whose book of that title tells of her role as mental ill health hit her daughter Suzy.
Eggshells are easily shattered and Jean tells of how you can meet eggshells in unexpected places. The wrong remark can trigger events and a spiralling deterioration of symptoms.
And you never know when this may happen.
Jean's story is touching and gripping. She tells of how she no longer has blonde highlights in her hair because, at a particularly challenging moment, she said to God ' if you make her get better and she is never so ill again, I will never do anything to my hair colour again. ' So now Suzy is well and mainly stable and Jean's hair remains non-blonde streaked!
She paints a picture of a ' normal ' family which has been visited by mental ill health. She tells of how Suzy told her she was to go into a psychiatric unit and how Jean burst into tears and felt a total failure. But she is resilient and she rallied and dealt with things. She and her family became a practical and emotional rock for Suzy. She tells of the long duration of mental illness, a cycle of hospital, discharge, recovery, good health, then wham, more illness and the cycle continues. But then hope as the correct medication was found. Now there are still ' wobbles ' as Jean Johnston calls them, but Suzy now can recognise the signs and deal with the situation. And Suzy is a successful writer and a young, popular woman with loyal friends and many interests.
A mother's love shines through this book, but there is something else, a mother's recognition and admiration for her daughter's strength and determination.
Having seen what happened to Suzy, Jean is now aware that many others are not getting the care their condition demands. She has become a strong voice for better care for everyone with a mental health problem.
Eggshells may crack but Jean, Suzy and the family survive. This book is an inspiration to others who find themselves engulfed by mental illness in their family and it is a ' must read ' experience.
You feel you are not alone and although you have to admit that Mental Illness is always going to be looking over your shoulder you can still live your life,
If you are a Carer of any sort remember to look after yourself first and foremost,
One of the many remarkable features of this account is Jean's appreciation of the irreplaceable role of in-patient care, when sanctuary is needed, and the oft repeated affection of specialist staff. She bucks the fashionable trend of demanding a right to be involved in the detail of her daughter's care, recognising the dangers of over involvement and seeing her daughter's relationship with her teams as her own business.
Her relationship with the ward cleaner is a great comfort and is a useful reminder of the totality of a service which is discounted by planners and managers.
Altogether this is a refreshingly sensible and emotionally riveting account from an intelligent lady who is blessed with the unusual combination of modesty, insight and the energetic desire to do something to ease the plight of those afflicted with mental illness.
Her positive approach and support to her daughter is an inspiration to those who's emotions have been through the shredder. For me it was such a comfort to know that I wasn't alone in having a short wobbler or having a good sob at 3 o'clock in the morning.
The companion book is The Naked Bird Watcher by Suzy Johnston and is the daughter's story.
Together with the book by Mrs Johnston's daughter that describes her own experience of mental illness, "The Naked Birdwatcher", it will prove a very useful educational resource.
It is also a jolly good read - and short enough to be read by busy people. Strongly recommended.
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