Losing Dad -- the book

"Reading LaPera's personal family drama feels like sharing a cup of cocoa with a friend you wish you could console."

-Ellen Eldridge, Target Audience Magazine

Silver Award recipient of IBPA's Benjamin Franklin book award in the category of psychology, Losing Dad, Paranoid Schizophrenia: A Family's Search for Hope is the compelling true story of a family’s struggle with the sudden onset of their father’s severe mental illness. The wife, children, and extended family of “Joseph,” lacking an understanding of his condition, are left to deal with his upsetting transformation. The perspectives of his three children, his spouse, and his own distorted reality combine to offer readers a glimpse of a world that will either feel hauntingly familiar or mind-boggling. 

With so many recent tragedies involving individuals with untreated severe mental illness, families, doctors, and police are often blamed for “not doing enough.” The solution, however, is rarely simple. Losing Dad poignantly shows the effects of inadequate treatment for those living with a severe mental illness in America. 

Losing Dad not only features Joseph's harrowing -- and still ongoing -- flight from reality, but also valuable information about severe mental illness, a crippling disease that affects 1 in 17. 

Bonus: provides a list of resources, a discussion of current mental health laws, and exclusive family member interviews with several family members. 

Ideal for book clubs, reading discussion questions are included! 

The Foreword written by Xavier Amador,Ph.D., Founder, LEAP Institute and Author, I am Not Sick, I Don't Need Help! (Vida Press 2012) also explains anosognosia. 

A portion of proceeds from sales of Losing Dad will go to NAMI-OC, an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, a nonprofit dedicated to improving lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness.

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