Hidden Valley Road is the intimate look inside a family with 12 children of which 6 have been diagnosed with schizophrenia.  The Galvin family of Colorado have bravely opened up both physically and mentally to tell the story of this devastating disease.  This family alone has helped researchers make startling discoveries in how best to treat and prevent schizophrenia.

 

This book is also an interesting look into the nature versus nurture arguments that surround mental illness, the different types of schizophrenia research that have occurred and the treatments that are available for this disease.  This book also explores the effect living with mentally ill siblings have on the remaining siblings.  Family dynamics are complicated in extremely large families and throwing mental illness into the mix just adds to the complexity. 

 

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have much admiration for this family that has suffered tremendously but recognize the benefits of making their story public.

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