How we got Barb back: the story of my sister's reawakening after 30 years of schizophrenia

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In the early 1970s, Barb Hawkins, a talented, vivacious young woman from suburban Chicago, met and married an Iraqi graduate student and, after his unsuccessful search for a teaching position in the U.S., moved with him to Basra where he'd been offered a job at the university. When they returned for a visit three years later, she was clearly not well, and he had run out of resources to help her. She wouldn't allow herself to be touched. She would mutter angrily and stay in her room. She was in torment, and so was her traumatized family. Her parents, utterly out of their depth, never sought help for her after her first refusal to go to a psychiatrist. They simply loved and protected her as best they knew how. For 33 years Barbara was never evaluated, never hospitalized, never medicated, and, after the first few years, she didn't leave the house. Until her parents died and her sister Margaret became her guardian. How We Got Barb Back is the story of Barb's descent into schizophrenia and the healing that has come only in recent years. With uncanny grace and humor, Margaret chronicle's her family's struggle with Barb's mental illness, the love that carried them through, and the virtual army of healthcare angels willing to come to Barb to help. It's an extraordinary story of severe mental illness and the healing that is possible with good diagnoses, good drugs, good care, and a fierce belief in our power to get well.
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display_descriptionMargaret Hawkins spent her girlhood dazzled by her vivacious, high-achieving sister, Barb. Younger than Barb by eleven years, Margaret saw her sister as the star of her family. And no wonder. Barb's high school years were filled with achievement inside and outside of the classroom. After college, Barb married a charming young professor, Karim Shallal, and embraced living abroad with him, when he was offered a full professorship at Basra University in Iraq. That was in 1971.In three years, everything changed. As Margaret Hawkins writes in her new book, How We Got Barb Back: The Story of My Sister's Reawakening after 30 Years of Schizophrenia, "On a promising day in 1974, my family's life blew up. That was the day my beautiful, bright, and very American older sister returned from Iraq. Something had changed during those years she was gone, and the Barb we knew never really returned. That Barb had vanished, and though her husband tried to bring her home, she was already gone."Unimaginable as it might seem, for the next 32 years Barb went undiagnosed and untreated. How We Got Barb Back recounts the story of those years and the steps Margaret Hawkins took to bring her sister back from the depths of crippling mental illness. This story of sisterly love is both full of surprises and profoundly inspiring.
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title_displayHow we got Barb back : the story of my sister's reawakening after 30 Years of schizophrenia
title_fullHow we got Barb back : the story of my sister's reawakening after 30 Years of schizophrenia / Margaret Hawkins
How we got Barb back : the story of my sister's reawakening after 30 years of schizophrenia [electronic resource] / Margaret Hawkins
title_shortHow we got Barb back
title_subthe story of my sister's reawakening after 30 years of schizophrenia
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