When the Bough Breaks

When the Bough Breaks : A Memoir about One Family's Struggle with Mental Illness

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The Brauer family would have described themselves as conventional and nondescript, until Barbara, a devoted wife and mother, suddenly developed bipolar disorder. She was 45 and otherwise in good health, but plunged into depression so quickly that she slit her own throat before anyone suspected the gravity of the situation. This book is about the year in which the family struggles to find treatments, trying to recover the woman they loved from the abyss of mental illness. When the Bough Breaks, co-authored by the Brauer sisters, is a memoir about the painful year in their adolescence when their mother is diagnosed with manic depression. They are the statistics come to life: research about girls experiencing family problems who are more likely to experience depression, use drugs, experiment with sex, and struggle with eating disorders. Survivors of suicide often feel like this subject is one of the last taboos in our society, and they can feel uncomfortable discussing the loss of a loved one to suicide. This book attempts to breach this divide by sharing one story from the perspective of teenagers who lived through it.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 367 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 21mm | 540g
  • Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1514737957
  • 9781514737958

About Denise Brauer

Denise and Michelle Brauer were born and raised in the Mojave Desert of California. Denise is a writer and editor who has published in regional newspapers and magazines, academic journals, and has written for a variety of corporations and research centers. Denise lives with her family and two cats in northern California. Michelle owns a consulting business that serves small businesses throughout North America. She settled in the rainforest of the Pacific Northwest, where she lives with her husband and two children.show more

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