A Lethal Inheritance

A Lethal Inheritance Every Family Has Secrets Only Some Secrets Are Lethal In Victoria Costello S Family Mental Illness Had Been Given Many Names Over At Least Four Generations Until This Inherited Conspiracy Of Silence Finally Endangered The Youngest Members Of The Family, Her ChildrenIn This Riveting Story Part Memoir, Detective Story, And Scientific Investigation In The Tradition Of The Story Of Henrietta Lacks, Costello Recounts How The Mental Unraveling Of Her Seventeen Year Old Son Alex Compelled Her To Look Back Into Family History For Clues To His Condition Eventually She Tied Alex S Descent Into Hallucinations And Months Of Shoeless Wandering On The Streets Of Los Angeles To His Great Grandfather S Suicide On A New York City Railroad Track In But This Insight Brought No Quick Relief Within Two Years Of Alex S Diagnosis Of Paranoid Schizophrenia, Both She And Her Youngest Son Succumbed To Two Different Mental Disorders Major Depression And Anxiety Disorder Costello Depicts Her Struggle To Get The Best Possible Mental Health Care For Her Sons And Herself, Treatment That Ultimately Brings Each Of Them To Full Recovery In The Process, She Discovers Startling New Neuroscience And Genetic Findings That Explain How Clusters Of Mental Illness Traverse Family GenerationsThe Author Closes By Translating What She S Learned Into A Set Of Ground Rules For New, New Parenting, Advice To Help Individuals And Families Recover From Addictions And Mental Disorders, And Prevent Their Return In Future Generations

I m a science and parenting writer with two recent books that I m excited to share with my Goodreads friends I tell the deeply personal story of my ten year journey from despair to recovery and joy for myself and my two sons in my upcoming memoir, A LETHAL INHERITANCE, A MOTHER UNCOVERS THE SCIENCE BEHIND THREE GENERATIONS OF MENTAL ILLNESS.I m thrilled with some of my early reviewsAndrew Solo

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  • Paperback
  • 220 pages
  • A Lethal Inheritance
  • Victoria Costello
  • English
  • 18 April 2019
  • 9781616144661

10 thoughts on “A Lethal Inheritance

  1. says:

    The first part of the book was a little slow for me It was of the research and part memior of her son Alex s schizophrenia It was a heavy subject so I often only read 10 20 pages at a time I m sure it would be applicable to families that face similar situations.My interest was in the correlation of mental illness and addiction I have a family history of both It was interesting Victoria s findings of the mental health issues when she did some digging into her Irish heritage I also have some Irish heritage in my family with the mental health issues Just little things that make you think wouldn t matter but maybe they do.I am glad that she told her own story of depression We gets hints of it in the beginning when she talks about her sons but I thought that would be all of her own story I m glad that she took the time to tell her story and not just her sons I thought it important that she shared her sister s struggle and how different there paths ended up being It s been my experience that her sister s story is all to common It is also sad about the amount of secrecy and shame that mental health issues are clouded in our family histories Victoria demostrates that truth when she looks into her own grandfathers death She makes so many good points with research studies, medications, suicide prevention and the importance of counseling for ongoing recovery I agree that it seems that many of these issues are not put in the forefront and we only end up dealing with end results.Overall I enjoyed the book and I think the important message that she conveyed by writing this book is becoming increasingly important.

  2. says:

    This was an incredibly fascinating and informative book When Victoria Costello s older son was diagnosed with schizophrenia at the age of 18 she starts to delve into mental health and try to figure out how best to help him What she realizes a few years after her son s diagnosis is that she first needs to look at herself and her family s mental health history But, looking into her family medical history she quickly realizes that there are 4 generations of mental illness at work and that she also needs help for her life long depression Costello intersperses her family story with lots of facts and studies about mental illness and how it is affected by family history and also by outside influences She also recognizes that there were things she could have done differently to help her children earlier before they both had been diagnosed with mental illness Even though there is a LOT of information and data from studies this book is extremely readable Anyone with family members who have any mental health issues will see their own family s story reflected back in some ways I finished this book in two days because it was just so fascinating and interesting Even with all the awareness around mental illness today there was still a lot of new information for me I would highly recommend this book to anyone Some quotes I particularly liked There was nothing unprofessional about Dr C s conduct of this interview the protocols for a psychiatric intake didn t then and still don t include such probing questions about family history As a result, as Alex s intake psychiatrist, she made no attempt to find out a bout his life in between his birth and the period immediately before he entered the UCLA adolescent unit It was as if this disease had manifested suddenly like the flu or measles This couldn t have been further from the truth p 47 I was, then, not surprised to later read national epidemiological data identifying fourteen as the year by which half of all adult mental disorders begin, including anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, depression, eating disorders, conduct and oppositional disorders, psychosis, and schizophrenia Scientists looking into this phenomenon attribute it to the tremendous growth spurt that begins in puberty when an adolescent s brain, body, and emotions are transformed as never before, or ever again p 50 The father of the self medication hypothesis is Edward J Khantzian, a founding member of the Psychiatry Department at Harvard s Cambridge Hospital Khantzian, writing in 1985, believed addicts weren t victims of random selection but instead had a drug of choice a specific durg affinity dictatede by psychopharmacologic action of the drug and the dominant painful feelings with which they struggle For example, he observed the energizing effect of cocaine and other stimulants in response to the depletion and fatigue of addicts dealing with preexisting depression In his patients who abused opiates, Khantzian noted the calming effect of heroin on the addict s typically problematic impulsivity p 130 1 So with alcohol abusegenetics trump environment p 146 Consider, says Deborah Levy of Harvard McLean Hospital, the incidence of schizophrenia is stable at about 1 percent, and schizophrenics have very low reproductive rates What is keeping those genes going The hypothesis guiding Levy s work is that the majority of people who carry the genese of severe mental illnesses especially schizophrenia are not affected with a full blown case of the disease They are well parents and siblings of these patients, most of whom never show signs of the illness p 197

  3. says:

    Absolutely marvelous A must read for parents regardless of whether you believe there is or is not mental illness in your ancestry Learning about the intersection of genetics and environment is crucial for living in todays world Whether your cause, your issue is mental health, learning disabilities, environmental safety, addiction, prenatal care, cancer prevention treatment or a host of other things, this concept of G x E is crucial.The memoir parts offer compelling evidence of the authors sincere motives in writing such a book I really appreciated her honesty about both her personal life and the positive and negative issues of current mental health treatments She plays no favorites, blames no singular entity, and makes no excuses The genealogy bit was probably my least favorite but that only means I liked it rather than I loved it Those who enjoy genealogy and have a family history trail will like this section a mini investigative drama snuck into a scientific memoir.

  4. says:

    This book was very informative and gives hope that even though a child may be genetically disposed to a mental illness, there are ways to recognize indicative behaviors and prevent the diseaseoften without the use of drugs.

  5. says:

    Very interesting But if you are a parent who suffers from anxiety or depression this book will make you anxious and depressed Fact.

  6. says:

    Very Good Very Interesting Lots of facts and studies Well researched Written in a very readable, storylike fashion.

  7. says:

    Victoria dives deep in order to uncover three generations of mental disorders in her family in order to help her two sons, as well as herself, get the proper diagnoses and proper treatment in order to become mentally stable It s really a tough thing to deal with family who is not transparent about mental disorders and mental health The stigma makes it difficult to come clean about these things, but if people do NOT start coming clean and forthright with this kind of family history, it could lead to DEATH Plain and simple fact If Victoria had not educated herself enough to help her son, he could be another statistic right now Read this if you have an interest in mental health and how it runs in families.

  8. says:

    I really enjoyed how the book transitions from memoir to a novel on scientific research Victoria Costello began to write the novel when her son, Alex, was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia Costello then decided to trace her family s history involving mental illness Not only did she write about her son, but she had also discussed her own mental illness which was depression and alcoholism I found it extremely interesting how she traced her family s illnesses On her father s side, there was a history of drug alcohol abuse, bipolar disorder, and depression Her son also had a drug problem, he had been taking methamphetamine s I loved the scientific explanation as well, she had researched genetics, brain development, and the impacts of the environment on an individual There is not only a physiological explanation, but also a social explanation for mental illness Personally, I find it fascinating to learn about mental illness hence why I decided to read the book in the first place I can apply this to real life because my family has a history of anxiety disorders, so to read a book on how mental illness is inherited is phenomenal It gave not only me, but my mother and siblings insight on mental illness One of the only things that had bothered me about the book is that when Victoria Costello was describing her son s mental illness she had made it sound as if she had just lost her son Although mental illness is debilitating, especially paranoid schizophrenia, one can still be themselves when they take their medication properly and seek proper psychological help Her son will not be able to have the life he once lived, but monitoring him and providing sufficient care for him will definitely make a significant difference on the way his mental illness will have left him I recommend this book to those seeking insight on their mental illness or to one who is interested in learning about mental illness I say this due to the fact that the book is about Costello researching mental illness from a personal and scientific perspective It is exceptionally easy to read, and it will keep the reader engaged The book is filled with fascinating information, it was a wonderful read

  9. says:

    I keep striking out on schizophrenia books I was extremely disappointed by Stalking Irish Madness Searching for the Roots of My Family s Schizophrenia, which turned out to be some guy s random musings on schizophrenia in his family What with having the word science in the title I thought this book would be about, you know, science But it is not It is some woman s random musings on schizophrenia in her family She makes an effort to dress up her memoir with science, but I didn t trust anything she said It was clear she had her own lay thesis and talked about science that supports it The odd thing is that she truly believes that good parenting can prevent schizophrenia But her son developed it maybe he s been in unmedicated remission for many years, so I d be surprised if his initial diagnosis holds up But she doesn t seem to feel guilty or blame herself I mean, not that I m saying she should far from but if you re going to make that kind of assertion over and over in what is essentially a memoir maybe you should interrogate it I kept thinking I d stop reading this book, but then the author would promise she was just about to get to the science But she never really did There are a few tidbits in there about alleles and cohort research, but again, cherry picked and not well explained or explored Blah.

  10. says:

    This is a powerfully researched topic with memoir interlaced for example Not an easy read, especially if there is body memory that surfaces, which was my case I learned so much and had to go back and reread sections for greater understanding.I cannot express how important this information is, especially to those with mental illness in their family background Being an adoptee, I knew nothing of my historythis greatly hindered my own life and damaged my children because I was unable to help them I was a messliterally checked out for many years This realization alone, made Costello s story extremely difficult to dig through.Now that I ve had time to ponder what she is really talking about, I feel ready to tackle my own history in greater ways I m still researching my birth family and no one is open to speak with me So many secrets and so many illnessestotally dysfunctional and carried on within my own family atmosphere Very sad that adoptee s don t have access to their medical and mental health historiesconsequences can be lethal, is an understatement.I ve research and will continue to use this amazing resource to help me find my way Bottom line, addressing personal depressions and cycles is my first step One day at a timeI m very sad that my children have presented with psychological environmental and genetic tendencies It s as if they had no hopebut they do have hope nowmom is learning and will continue to reach out to help them.There is a waythere are answersthere is help

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