evaluating and editing books for publication (16 published thus far), writing and regular blogs for Huffington Post and Mind You on Wordpress
The daughter of Holocaust survivors, Pearl Goodman grew up in Toronto in the 1960s. In this exceptionally original memoir, written with wry humor and a sharp satirical eye, she juxtaposes popular culture with the jarring transitions and contradictions in her and her parents' lives. Striving to make sense of her emerging identity, she invokes TV shows, ads, movies, and distinctive details of th... read more
A fascinating look into the world of schizo-affective disorder which, at times, is funny, heartbreaking, but above all uplifting. Dr. Carolyn Dobbins describes the onset and progression of this debilitating disease and gives readers hope. The book breaks through the stigma as mental illness affects us all. Included at the end are facts about serious mental illness, the 6 A's of self help and D... read more
The true story of a young woman studying neuroscience who, in her final undergraduate year, has a psychotic break, attempts suicide and ends up in hospital. Her struggles to get well and to pursue her PhD are described in this book. Her story is geared to people from a variety of backgrounds. As a neuroscientist, Erin reaches out to the medical community who need to hear this side of the patie... read more
Susan Inman's memoir describes her family's nine year journey to help her younger daughter recover from a catastrophic schizoaffective disorder. "Highly recommended" by Dr. E. Fuller Torrey author of Surviving Schizophrenia and described by him as "...one of the best accounts I have read of serious mental illness as told by a mother." From the introduction, Michael Kirby, Chair of the Mental H... read more
The sister of a man who suffers from schizophrenia finds herself drawn in when he is too confused to manage his needed medical care. Determined to do the right thing by him, despite the severity of his psychological problems, she and her other eight siblings band together to shepherd their brother through needed medical treatments. All over the U. S., parents, adult children and siblings of pe... read more
Vancouver artist Sandra Yuen MacKay has an abnormality of the brain - a disease called schizophrenia. As she says, "my life is schizophrenic because I have schizophrenia. It will always be there". Much of her life has been a struggle to cope with the symptoms of her disease and the side effects of the medications required to keep those symptoms in check. Early in her life, Sandra started to ex... read more
The mental health community is now more divided than it has ever been before with considerable opposition to the biomedical model of illness. This report explores that polarization as the author reviews the intellectual and philosophical underpinnings of the recovery movement as well as the anti-psychiatry influences behind the split. As it stands now, people experiencing severe mental illness... read more
Recommended by the World Fellowship for Schizophrenia and Allied Disorders, this book outlines all of the issues involved with schizophrenia and its treatment including history, causes, physiological changes in the brain and best treatments. It is an ideal reference and support for family members and others interested in this disease. It is also suitable reading for students in health care fie... read more
Sakeenah Francis describes her life as a Cinderella story in reverse. She grew up in a well-respected, middle-class African American family. She went to college, was homecoming queen, married, began a career and had children. Then, schizophrenia struck and she lost everything. She went from homecoming queen to being homeless and institutionalized. Sakeenah Francis tells her daughter about her ... read more
“What had happened to our beautiful happy life? Could it really be over for us? I just wasn’t sure if our love was strong enough to keep us together. I probably believed it wasn’t.” It was an idyllic marriage. John and Marion were high school sweethearts who married and began a successful life together. He, an internationally respected scientist in his field and she, a business woman in her fa... read more
Four men, age 18 to 81, have murdered, and now share a room in the secure forensic psychiatry ward of a mental hospital. Who better to get inside their heads, and find both the tragedy and comedy of their lives than Canadian psychiatrist and novelist David Laing Dawson. Three of Dawson's previous novels, Last Rights, Double Blind, and Essondale have been published in seven European countries, ... read more
Two one act plays from the pen of Canadian psychiatrist, novelist, film maker and artist, David Laing Dawson. Here Not There - In their golden years Charles and Shirley have downsized to a small Condominium. Charles comes home one night very late, a little drunk, carrying a mysterious box. He has decided this is the night he and his wife should confront their failures, their diminishing opport... read more
The ideal book for everyone who has a pet, has had a pet or who is thinking of getting a pet. And not just cats and dogs but exotic and even surrogate pets are covered in this highly amusing look at life with our favorite friends. Picking the right pet for you, training them,and caring for them are covered along with some fascinating trivia like pet contributions to society, pets in films and ... read more
From the author of the critically acclaimed novels, Last Rights & Double Blind, (St. Martin's Press) comes a new story of crime, addictions, mental illness, love and family, set in the decaying urban center of an old manufacturing city. Described as "fiction that's as close to reality as it gets" and "a little Elmore Leonard - a little Seinfeld" on Amazon"Dawson's vital characters and the ambi... read more
From the pen of psychiatrist and mystery writer David Laing Dawson comes a psychological thriller. Is this hell, or just a psychiatric hospital? Dr. Robert Snow isn't sure. Waking from a drunken stupor in a small green room, the doctor finds he's on the other side of the diagnosis - in a place where life and mental health seem to be going pretty cheap these days. Murder and sexual abuse haunt ... read more
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