When Truth Lies: A Journey with Schizophrenia
by Terry Garahan




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NAMI - National Alliance on Mental Illness
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It is 1967. Kevin has just graduated from high school in the university town of Laketon, New York. People dressed in red are after him and his truck starts laughing at him. Then the Satan bugs arrive. Even these events don't stop him from falling in love. Kevin's journey with schizophrenia takes him through some of America's most turbulent and exciting times, from anti-war rallies and communes to cross-country road trips and Woodstock. In state hospitals and homeless in New York City, Kevin has the experiences that define a generation of the mentally ill. Kevin is a hero, fighting demons that inhabit his world-a world that is unknown to the rest of us. His family joins him, overwhelmed and misunderstood by the professionals that are supposed to help them. Have you ever seen a mentally ill man on the street talking to himself and wondered what he is thinking, what he is like, what is his story? You will know after reading this book.


Praise for When Truth Lies

"[Garahan] writes clearly and well, and the subject is certainly appealing."
- Dr. E. Fuller Torrey, author of Surviving Schizophrenia and The Insanity Offense

"An evocative story, strongly written, and the reader can relate to Kevin - no small task."
- Cara Hoffman, author of So Much Pretty

"This novel is an honest and at times raw description of living with schizophrenia.
When Truth Lies, while a work of fiction, realistically portrays the onset of schizophrenia in a young man,
the response of society to his behaviors, his often contentious relationship to the mental health system, and his long term coping
with his illness . . . When Truth Lies goes beyond bland clinical terms and describes in detail what many people go through.
This book puts a human face, and an often uncomfortable one, on severe mental illness and the treatment system."

- Doug Bradley, NAMI Information & Referral Assistant

Terry Garahan, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, began his work with the mentally ill in 1975, interviewing patients being discharged from Willard Psychiatric Hospital in upstate New York. He developed programs to reintroduce them to the community. This was followed by many years supervising a mental health outpatient clinic in Ithaca, New York. His work gave him insight into the lives of individuals who are mostly avoided by the rest of society. His groundbreaking effort developing police/mental health programs is well documented in a New York Times cover story and a 60 Minutes ll segment with Dan Rather. He is an FBI-trained hostage negotiator and crisis counselor who worked with hundreds of World Trade Center survivors after September 11, 2001. He currently teaches mental health and counseling at Ithaca College.


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