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Book Title: A Lethal Inheritance: A Mother Uncovers the Science behind Three Generations of Mental Illness|
The author of the book: Victoria Costello
Edition: Prometheus Books
Date of issue: January 10th 2012
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Every family has secrets; only some secrets are lethal. In Victoria Costello’s family mental illness had been given many names over at least four generations until this inherited conspiracy of silence finally endangered the youngest members of the family, her children. In this riveting story—part memoir, detective story, and scientific investigation—the author recounts how the mental unraveling of her seventeen-year-old son Alex compelled her to look back into family history for clues to his condition. Eventually she tied Alex’s descent into hallucinations and months of shoeless wandering on the streets of Los Angeles to his great grandfather’s suicide on a New York City railroad track in 1913. But this insight brought no quick relief. Within two years of Alex’s diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia, both she and her youngest son succumbed to two different mental disorders: major depression and anxiety disorder. Costello depicts her struggle to get the best possible mental health care for her sons and herself, treatment that ultimately brings each of them to full recovery. In the process, she discovers new science that explains how clusters of mental illness traverse family generations. Artfully weaving the scientific into the personal, Costello takes a journey to the far reaches of neuroscience and reports back on the startling findings it is yielding about the complex interplay between genes and environment that drives mental illness, and what it now tells us about how parents can trump a lethal inheritance. She shares the results of long-term U.K. and European family studies identifying the earliest signs of mental illnesses that can be passed on from grandparents to parents and grandchildren. She tracks ongoing clinical trials to reverse the courses of these diseases through early intervention with the latest evidence-based treatments and offers brain-healthy choices individuals and families can make to prevent mental illness—freeing future generations to live healthier, happier lives.
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Read information about the authorI'm a science and parenting writer with two recent books that I'm excited to share with my Goodreads friends. I tell the deeply personal story of my ten-year journey from despair to recovery and joy for myself and my two sons in my upcoming memoir, A LETHAL INHERITANCE, A MOTHER UNCOVERS THE SCIENCE BEHIND THREE GENERATIONS OF MENTAL ILLNESS.I'm thrilled with some of my early reviews...Andrew Solomon called the book "lucid" and "invaluable." Ayelet Waldman said: "Costello elegantly weaves personal history and scientific research into a compelling and profoundly important narrative." I've also got a book out about how anyone can write their own healing life story. THE COMPLETE IDIOT'S GUIDE TO WRITING A MEMOIR covers the theory and craft of this explosively popular genre.
I'm a blogger on psychcentral.com, mamapedia.com and Yahoo Health & Wellness News. On my own blog, MentalHealthMomBlog, I put all kinds of news important for parents about mental wellness.
Currently available books I've coauthored include a psychology primer for parents and college students, "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Child and Adolescent Psychology," written with child psychiatrist Dr. Jack Westman. My "Everything Parent's Guide to Children with OCD," written with Stephen Martin, MFT, is another well established parental resource on special needs kids.
I also love to talk to groups of parents. My speaking and workshops topics include: prevention of mental health disorders for parents and children, using the latest science to interpret your personal risk based on family mental health histories, building emotional resilience and positive communication in families, strength based recovery, and self healing through memoir writing.
I look forward to hearing from you!