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A Reading List of Memoirs on Mothers Impacted by Mental Illness

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In the late 1980s, my mother, a brilliant artist, seamstress and interior decorator had her first (known) episode of psychosis.

I was halfway between my 10th and 11th years, not quite a child, not quite a teenager, a vulnerable time for any child. I needed a mother.

Instead, I watched as she devolved into a strange brew of auditory and visual hallucinations, paranoia, hypersexuality and more.

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