"A highly informative and remarkably sensitive book that provides children of parents who have a mental illness with easily accessible information and compassionate support that will make their difficult journey easier. This book provides a tremendous amount of information about mental illness and convincingly informs the readers that their confusion and feelings are not an indication that there is something wrong with them — but rather that they are dealing with extraordinarily difficult circumstances that are not of their own making. It is essential that this book be made available to teens dealing with mental illness in the family. It could make all the difference in the world." — Fred Sautter, Ph.D., Tulane University Health Sciences Center
I’m Not Alone: A Teen’s Guide to Living with a Parent Who Has a Mental Illness focuses on the teenager’s experience of living with a parent who has a serious mental illness, with particular attention to depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. The reader learns about the causes of mental illness, common symptoms of each disorder, the role of mental health professionals, and treatment options. A variety of educational techniques are used throughout the text including stories, poems, inspirational quotes, and key lessons. Part Two normalizes the teen’s experience of a wide range of emotions and teaches effective coping tools. The reader then identifies his/her personal support system and weighs the pros and cons of sharing personal information with trustworthy friends. Throughout the book readers are encouraged to respond to questions, to consider hypothetical scenarios that may resonate with their experiences, and to reflect on their feelings via journaling. Part Three includes frequently asked questions, a glossary, and an extensive resource list. This practical, reassuring book connects with readers so they feel informed, in control, hopeful, and not alone.
For more information about I’m Not Alone, please see our website at www.seedsofhopebooks.com Michelle Sherman
Michelle D. Sherman, Ph.D.,
Michelle D. Sherman, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and a
nationally recognized expert on the effects of trauma and mental
illness on the family. After directing the Family Mental Health
Program at the Oklahoma City VA medical center for 16 years, she is
now a research scientist at the University of Minnesota. She graduated
from the University of Notre Dame and later earned her doctoral degree
in clinical psychology from the University of Missouri at Columbia.
Dr. Sherman has worked extensively with families dealing with a range
of traumatic experiences, including military combat, domestic
violence, and sexual assault. She co-chaired the American
Psychological Association's (APA) Presidential Task Force on Military
Deployment Services for Youth, Families and Service Members, and is a
Fellow of the APA Division 43 (Society of Family Psychology).
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DeAnne M. Sherman
DeAnne Sherman, Michelle's mother, is a French teacher, trained dancer, and choreographer. She graduated from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she received degrees in French, education, and speech and theater. She owned and operated a dance studio for ten years where she worked extensively with teens and young adults. In addition to being an experienced public speaker, DeAnne also volunteers her time teaching and mentoring junior high and high school students in the performing arts. DeAnne's mission is to educate, affirm, encourage, and cherish each of her students, whether it is in the classroom, in the dance studio, or on the stage. In her free time, she enjoys exercising, traveling, and speaking French with her grandsons.