Through the Unknowable

Through the Unknowable : Family Life with Mental Illness, Alcohol, Loss, and Love

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From a psychiatrist specialized in helping patients who struggle with depression and drug and alcohol abuse, comes the tremendous and heartbreaking memoir of a doctor who must reexamine the meaning of these same psychological diseases when they strike her own daughter. Now, rather than helping her patients learns the tools of coping and survival, Elsa must look inward and discover this kind of strength and courage within herself. As this brave author fights to employ all of her expertise, motherly love, and endless empathy, she is still left with facing the hardest questions a parent can ask. What do I say to reach my daughter? How do I help her? Can I help her?"Through the Unknowable" is an intimate and fiercely honest look inside a family falling apart and a mother who never stops trying to pick up the pieces. This book is a must-read for anyone who knows how it feels to wander through the unknowable.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 162 pages
  • 137.16 x 213.36 x 12.7mm | 226.8g
  • Elsa Campion MD
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0533164974
  • 9780533164974

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"I can't imagine any parent who could turn away from the power of this memoir. With fierce honesty, Dr. Elsa Campion explores the complicated ways that we love our children, the inherent flaws and foibles in expressing and acting out that love, and the most painful, most heart-wrenching turn that we all come to in one way or another, and that is letting go."- Debra Gwartney author of "Live Through This: A Mother's Memoir"show more

About Elsa Campion

Elsa Campion, M.D., born into a farming family in France, studied and practiced medicine, then statistics in medical research. After marrying an American and moving to the United States, she obtained a degree in psychiatry for adults and children. She worked first in a hospital, then in private practice, until retirement.show more

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