Angelhead: My Brother's Descent into Madness by Greg Bottoms

By Greg Bottoms

A taut, strong memoir of insanity, Angelhead records the violent, drug-addled descent of the author's brother, Michael, into schizophrenia. starting with Michael's first psychotic break—seeing God in his suburban bed room window whereas excessive on LSD—Greg Bottoms recounts, in gripping, dramatic prose, the weird disappearances, suicide makes an attempt, and the surprising crime that land Michael within the psychiatric wing of a greatest safety criminal. a piece of nonfiction with the shape and imagery of a singular, Angelhead permits the reader to witness not just the fragmenting of a brain, yet of a relations as well.

"A tour-de-force memoir. . . . Bottoms writes like a poet, he writes like he's on fire."—Esquire, e-book of the yr, 2000

"Angelhead is a superb, albeit inconceivably unhappy e-book. the truth that Bottoms survived the ordeal is fabulous. however the incontrovertible fact that he may perhaps write approximately it with such pathos and perception is not anything lower than extraordinary."—Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"Greg Bottoms has supplied a biographical novel approximately his brother which may be as shut as so much folks will ever get to realizing what it's to be actually mad. Angelhead is a narrative approximately as terrifying because the disorder it describes."—Psychology Today

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It is also noteworthy that studies of alcoholics, studies of individuals at high risk, and prospective studies of individuals who subsequently became alcoholic, have documented frequently features such as aggressivity (Kellam, Ersminger, & Simon, 1980), sensation seeking (Zuckerman, 1972), impulsivity (McCord, 1972), and social nonconformity (Robins, 1966). These characteristics do not represent the attributes of normative sociability but rather behavioral disinhibition. Complementing this conclusion are the results of several studies indicating that individuals who obtain a low sociability score on the California Psychological Inventory (in conjunction with a high behavioral disinhibition score measured by the MacAndrew Scale of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory) obtain a greater stress-dampening effect from alcohol, compared with individuals whose scores are more normative (Sher & Levenson, 1982).

In a time of increasing concern about government expenditures for health and health care reform, the distinction between drug use and drug dependence deserves greater consideration, with commensurate allocation of resources in the direction of drug dependence syndromes that affect public health and society all too commonly. REFERENCES Adams, E. , Gfroerer, J. , & Rouse, B. A. (1989). Epidemiology of substance abuse including alcohol and cigarette smoking. Annals of the New Ymk Academy of Sciences, 562, 14-20.

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