Family and Caregiver Schizophrenia Discussion Forum

Book Recommendation

“Childhood Disrupted” by Donna Jackson Nakazawa was the best book I have read in a very long time. It really hit home and rang true in so many ways. I don’t know if this books’ focus of study applies directly to mental illness (I’m sure it does in part) because there are so many ideas about how people become mentally ill. Some studies point to heredity. Some point to environmental and social stress with genetic predispositions and others point to early drug use especially heavy use of marijuana during adolescence and teens.

Either way this book is a real eye opener not just about the mental health issues we all face but most especially about how our early childhood biography can literally translate physically into our present day biology. It is explained very well with many examples and by the end of the book there is real direction on how to start to heal and turn the physical and emotional tides of early childhood trauma. Absolutely fascinating book! I highly recommend it. It’s available used online and also in digital format as well and can even be checked out at a local library (or at least at mine it was) If you read it let me know your thoughts! I loved it!


Thanks for this recommendation - I am downloading it on my kindle now. Really hoping it will help me help my preschool aged family member. He’s already been diagnosed with behavioral issues due to the highly traumatic life he endures with his severely bipolar parent. We have him in our home several times a week to give him a break from his home life.

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I would be interested to know your thoughts on it when you finish it. :slight_smile:

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Schizophrenia for dummies, is a great book to help you understand. I found my son reading it!

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