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Author Russell, Dick.

Title My mysterious son : a life-changing passage between schizophrenia and shamanism / Dick Russell.

Publication Info. New York, NY : Skyhorse Publishing, [2014]


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Lamanda Park Branch Non-Fiction    616.898 RUS    Available
Description xxii, 390 pages ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Prologue: The Tell-Tale Heart -- Part One. The Desperate Years. Two Faces ; Breakdown ; Beam Me Up, Scottie ; Between Scylla and Charybdis ; Battling the System ; An Oasis Called Earth House ; Back to Boston -- Part Two. Africa. Foreshadowings ; What the Doctor Ordered ; Africa Beckoning ; Lost ; Among the Maasai ; Into the Serengeti ; Breakthrough ; In Search of the Leopard Tortoise ; Touched With Fire -- Part Three. Call of the Shaman. Double-Edged Homecoming ; A Quest for Alternatives ; A Man Named Malidoma ; Holding the Space ; In Jamaica ; Spanning the Gateway ; Coming to Ground in New Mexico ; Invoking the Ancestors ; Descent of the Panther, Flight of the Pigeon ; Light Within the Tunnel -- Epilogue: Beyond Diagnosis : Schizophrenia and Shamanism.
Summary "What a father will do to fight the mental illness that has destroyed his son. What does a father do when hope is gone that his only son can ever lead anything close to a 'normal' life? That's the question that haunted Dick Russell in the fall of 2011, when his son, Franklin, was thirty-two. At the age of seventeen, Franklin had been diagnosed with schizophrenia. For years he spent time in and out of various hospitals, and even went through periods of adamantly denying that Dick was actually his father. A mixed-race child, Franklin was handsome, intelligent, and sensitive until his mental illness suddenly took control. After spending the ensuing years trying to build some semblance of a normal father-son relationship, Dick was invited with his son, out of the blue, to witness the annual wildlife migration on Africa's Serengeti Plain. Seizing this potential opportunity to repair the damage that both had struggled with, after going through two perilous nights together in Tanzania, ultimately the two-week trip changed both of their lives. Desperately seeking an alternative to the medical model's medication regimen, the author introduces Franklin to a West African shaman in Jamaica. Dick discovers Franklin's psychic capabilities behind the seemingly delusional thought patterns, as well as his artistic talents. Theirs becomes an ancestral quest, the journey finally taking them to the sacred lands of New Mexico and an indigenous healer. For those who understand the pain of mental illness as well the bond between a parent and a child, My Mysterious Son shares the intimate and beautiful story of a father who will do everything in his power to repair his relationship with a young man damaged by mental illness"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Russell, Franklin D., 1979-
Russell, Dick.
Russell, Dick -- Travel -- Tanzania.
Schizophrenics -- United States -- Biography.
Parents of mentally ill children -- United States -- Biography.
Fathers and sons -- United States -- Biography.
Life change events.
Schizophrenia -- Treatment -- Case studies.
ISBN 9781629144870 (hardback)
1629144878 (hardback)

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