She was a wonderful child -- charming, gifted, full of energy -- and she seemed to have a wonderful life ahead of her. Then the incomprehensible happened. At age 13, Rickie was diagnosed schizophrenic, removed from her caring family, and condemned to long, heartbreaking years in mental institutions.
This is the spellbinding story of Rickie's agonizing odyssey through illness and recovery, told by her father, internationally renowned psychiatrist Frederic Flach, and enriched with Rickie's own recollections. Indeed, part of the tragedy for Rickie and her family was the many years lost because the medical community of which her father is a distinguished member was unable to bring her back to health.
For anyone whose family has ever been touched by crisis, RICKIE is an unforgettably moving and powerfully uplifting book.
"A touching story." -- The New York Times Book Review
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In this compelling account, Flach, a psychiatrist at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center and author of The Secret Strength of Depression (Bantam, 1986. rev. ed.), tells of his own teenaged daughter's ten-year battle with schizophrenia, including her stays in various institutions and treatment with electroshock therapy, an assortment of psychotropic agents, and various psychotherapeutic approaches. Rickie was finally cured through a combination of visual perception training and experimental nutritional therapy and is now a mentally healthy licensed practical nurse, wife, and mother of three. It all reads like a good mystery novel: even when her condition seems to be getting more and more hopeless, we know from Rickie's own recollections, which are interspersed with her father's narrative, that she survived and overcame. For public libraries.
- Marcia G. Fuchs, Guilford Free Lib., Ct.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
After 10 years of his daughter's institutionalization for schizophrenia, New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center psychiatrist Flach ( Resilence ) decided she should be treated with experimental, physiologically-based nutritional (vitamin) therapy and visual perception training, which proved successful. Now a licensed practical nurse and mother of three, Hartman has not seen a psychiatrist since 1978. The poignant story of the pain of patient and parents during repeated episodes of improvement and regression on conventional therapy is told in alternate segments by the father and daughter. Singularly devoid of self-pity and bitterness, Flach pere makes palpable the anguish of being torn between parental and professional concerns during his daughter's illness.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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