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Book Review: Divided Minds: Twin Sisters and their Journey through Schizophrenia

“With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:2-3

The purpose of this book is to give readers the benefit of the experience/s of what it means to have schizophrenia or other types of mental health issues and what relatives of those who have schizophrenia normally go through. It is the life story of twin sisters recorded from late 1957 to 2005. Both sisters started at the same intellectual level before the disorder led to different lifestyles. Nonetheless, they portrayed the usual love-hate relationships among siblings even in the emergence of the mental health disorder.

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Authors: Pamela Spiro Wagner and Carolyn Spiro (twin sisters)

Pamela is a poet and writer who wrote the following books – Divided Minds: Twin Sisters and their Journey through Schizophrenia (St. Martin’s Press, 2005). Learning to See in Three Dimensions (Green Writers Press, 2017), We Mad Climb Shaky Ladders (Cavan Kerry Press, 2009).  Journals: Midwest Poetry Review, Tikkum, Tunxis Poetry Review. (Poets & Writers, 2018)

Pamela Spiro-Wagner

Awards/Prizes Won: First prize, BBC International Poetry Contest, Meridian Writings 2001/2; 2x at Tunix Poetry Review; Finalist for Connecticut Book Award; Oustanding Literature Award from NAMI National (Poets & Writers, 2018).

Carolyn Spiro, M.D is a psychiatrist and writer. Co-author with twin sister, Divided Minds: Twin Sisters and their Journey through Schizophrenia (St. Martin’s Press, 2005)

Carolyn Spiro

Genre: Nonfiction, Poetry, Educational and intended for people living with Schizophrenia and their families/loved ones

Book Title: The title Divided Minds: Twin Sisters and their Journey through Schizophrenia fits the contents of the book. It captures Pammy’s mood swings dealing with Schizophrenia and Carolyn’s sense of guilt and self-deserving. The title is very fascinating and quite intriguing.

Preface/introduction/table of content: The prologue gave way to the text of the book; you can tell the writer, who was the main character, was experiencing some hallucinations.

Understanding mental health is important, especially those who have relatives, friends, and co-workers suffering from mental health issues. “With proper treatment, someone who is mentally ill can lead a full and rich life. What makes life wonderful – good friends, a satisfying job, loving relationships – is just as valuable for those who struggle with schizophrenia as for anyone else”. – Professor Saks

Next post will be a synopsis of the story, so stay tuned and let’s learn together so that we can better understand and care for people around us suffering from any form of mental health illness.

Food For Thought

  • “And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” Colossians 3:14:

Love, as we know, is that one thing human beings should never lack or part with no matter what.  Human beings should always show love to others even when we do not feel it or feel like it because love is more than our feelings.

  • “With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:2-3

Love humbles us no matter how hard-hearted you are. When love enters your heart; everything will begin to soften and take a different turn. We cannot care for and love others, especially individuals going through or experiencing mental health problems, without bearing with them and overlooking pains they cause us

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I am a food lover, and cooking is therapeutic for me; it relaxes me and transports me to a quieter universe away from the noisy, busy modern world. I am a Counseling Mental Health & Wellness graduate student, wife, and stepmother. I love connecting with people from different cultural backgrounds through food, fashion, wisdom, and lifestyle in general. To be continued because I am still in the process of discovering who I am as I continue this journey called life. I promise to keep you all posted in the meantime.

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