Henry's Demons: Living with Schizophrenia, A Father and Son's Story

Henry's Demons: Living with Schizophrenia, A Father and Son's Story

Patrick Cockburn Henry Cockburn / Aug 22, 2019

Henry s Demons Living with Schizophrenia A Father and Son s Story On a cold February day two months after his twentieth birthday Henry Cockburn waded into the Newhaven estuary outside Brighton England and nearly drowned Voices he said had urged him to do it Nea

  • Title: Henry's Demons: Living with Schizophrenia, A Father and Son's Story
  • Author: Patrick Cockburn Henry Cockburn
  • ISBN: 9781439154700
  • Page: 306
  • Format: Hardcover
  • On a cold February day two months after his twentieth birthday, Henry Cockburn waded into the Newhaven estuary outside Brighton, England, and nearly drowned Voices, he said, had urged him to do it Nearly halfway around the world in Afghanistan, journalist Patrick Cockburn learned from his wife, Jan, that his son had suffered a breakdown and had been admitted to a hospitaOn a cold February day two months after his twentieth birthday, Henry Cockburn waded into the Newhaven estuary outside Brighton, England, and nearly drowned Voices, he said, had urged him to do it Nearly halfway around the world in Afghanistan, journalist Patrick Cockburn learned from his wife, Jan, that his son had suffered a breakdown and had been admitted to a hospital Ten days later, Henry was diagnosed with schizophrenia Narrated by both Patrick and Henry, this is the extraordinary story of the eight years since Henry s descent into schizophrenia years he has spent almost entirely in hospitals and his family s struggle to help him recover With remarkable frankness, Patrick writes of Henry s transformation from art student to mental patient and of the agonizing and difficult task of helping his son get well Any hope of recovery lies in medication, yet Henry, who does not believe he is ill, secretly stops taking it and frequently runs away Hopeful periods of stability are followed by frightening disappearances, then relapses that bleed into one another, until at last there is the promise of real improvement In Henry s own raw, beautiful chapters, he describes his psychosis from the inside He vividly relates what it is like to hear trees and bushes speaking to him, voices compelling him to wander the countryside or live in the streets, the loneliness of life within hospital walls, harrowing polka dot days that incapacitate him, and finally, his steps towards recovery Patrick s and Henry s parallel stories reveal the complex intersections of sanity, madness, and identity the vagaries of mental illness and its treatment and a family s steadfast response to a bewildering condition Haunting, intimate, and profoundly moving, their unique narrative will resonate with every parent and anyone who has been touched by mental illness.

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        Patrick Oliver Cockburn is an Irish journalist who has been a Middle East correspondent since 1979 for the Financial Times and, presently, The Independent.He has written four books on Iraq s recent history He won the Martha Gellhorn Prize in 2005, the James Cameron Prize in 2006 and the Orwell Prize for Journalism in 2009.


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    1. Forgive me my reviews when they descend into stories. Sometimes a book brings back memories that illuminate one or other for me and since most of my reviews here and elsewhere are unread by anyone except me, I write them primarily for myself. I am wary of using real names as I have real-life friends and family in my list of friends, but sometimes it wouldn't make sense not to.When I was a teenager, I lived in a shared house with a guy who was beautiful with blond shaggy hair, a lean body and was [...]


    2. Around 1990 my nephew had a psychotic episode. It was the culmination of a few weeks of increasingly eccentric behaviour. He grew up in a fairly happy-clappy Christian family (Baptist) but out of them all, it was my nephew who began to take Christianity completely seriously. He read the New Testament and it said…him that taketh away thy cloak forbid not to take thy coat also. Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again. And as ye would that m [...]


    3. Book was a bit slow. Patrick Cockburn seems unable to decide whether he was going to write a memoir or a mental illness education case study. What was truly powerful was his incorporation of Henry's own words and thoughts on his experience with schizophrenia. Patrick rightly observes in the Prologue that autobiographical memoirs on mental illness tend to be written by individuals after they've largely recovered, which naturally alters one's telling of an experience which is dramatically differen [...]


    4. One of the books where I felt like it was a two or a four. I have developed a sort of endearment towards memoirs, mostly because I feel like the contents are for a lack of better phrase, very human. Patrick's part of the memoir's I feel he intellectualized a bit much. I didn't get the emotional dynamics from his side of the story. Jan's journal inserted entries was the more enjoyable. There we see feelings such as resentment, frustration and humor required to deal with their situation. These thi [...]


    5. A father and son take turns to write chapters about family life as the son's schizophrenia gets progressively more problematic. The son's chapters are the most interesting in a way, as his chapters get fewer and fewer and more and more sparse on detail as he struggles to hold on to any vestige of self-control. The father plots us reliably through his son's symptoms and behaviours and does so with great dignity, calmness and love. If you wanted to know what schizophrenia might actually entail on [...]


    6. I was surprised at how boring I actually found this book (I definitely have to echo others who have described it as dry and not very engaging). On the one hand, it was nice to read an account of a family that took it upon themselves to learn about a loved ones illness, that writes about caring for the person without bitterness while acknowledging how difficult and hurtful the experience can be, that knows a bit about the history of psychiatry. Of course some of that can be attributed to the book [...]


    7. Rarely has a book brought tears to my eyes, but this simple yet effective account of a family struggling with their 20 year old Son as he descends into 7 years of mental hospitals, disappearances and episodes had me from its first page. For someone who reads a lot about various mental illnesses, I was still pretty in the dark about Schizophrenia much as Patrick Cockburn and his wife Jan were when their son Henry jumped into the sea at Newhaven tried to swim out against the tide - from then on He [...]


    8. This is a very matter-of-fact book, but it is also an emotionally evocative one. It tells the story of Henry Cockburn (co-author) who is diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2002 at the age of 20 (while an art student in Brighton).Much of the story is conveyed by Patrick Cockburn, Henry's father, in a considered documentary style. He interweaves explanatory details with narrative account, but what is immediately striking is how little any of the background information on schizophrenia contributes to [...]


    9. Henry's Demons is an insightful look into both the family experience when schizophrenia strikes a loved one, and into the U.K. System of care. As a parent in the United states, I couldn't help but compare Henry's experience (e.g. months at a time in the hospital) to my son Ben's story here in the United States, where it seems that every day the hospital must justify the stay to the insurance companies. I must admit, I was a bit jealous at first; yet, I don't see that Henry benefited much from hi [...]


    10. Interesting concept (the father and afflicted son writing alternating chapters concerning the mental illness), but poorly executed. The "history" portion of the book are meandering and do not follow a progressive time line, the authors often jump back to retell portions. Chapters written by the son are difficult to read and difficult to follow, and as the account progresses definitely detract from the overall work.While reading, it is important to keep in mind that many chapters of the book were [...]


    11. Although occasionally a little slow and repetitive, this was an excellent account of one family's struggle with schizophrenia. I liked that the chapters were interspersed with Henry's own experiences, both when he was very ill and when he was more lucid, as this provided some real insight into what living with schizophrenia can actually feel like.One can only come away feeling nothing but sympathy for sufferers and those close to them, particularly when treatment and prognosis for the condition [...]


    12. Henry's portion of the book is enjoyable, Patrick's (the father) sections alternate between useful and overly self-absorbed. Plus he comes equipped with what I think of as Standard Old White Man Opinions. (Raymond chandler, better than trash like Agatha Christie; rap music is self-absorbed doggerel and no good; etc)



    13. so accurately describes emotions around a family member receiving a mental health diagnosis, the shock waves radiate on forever.


    14. This book has two great strengths. It's a compelling read about schizophrenia seen from the point of view of both father and son, and it demonstrates that reliance on mainstream psychiatry and medications makes recovery extremely difficult. I very much doubt that Patrick Cockburn (father of Henry) intended to make the second argument, especially about the medications, but it comes across loud and clear to someone like me who has been through the same kinds of experiences with my own son. This bo [...]


    15. Det er enormt interessant at læse de afsnit skrevet af sønnen Henry, som lider af skizofreni - desværre er størstedelen af bogen skrevet af hans far, som virker som om han til tider ikke helt kan beslutte sig for om han vil skrive om sin søns sindslidelse eller sit eget ~vigtige~ job og spændende liv. I længden meget irriterende og frem for alt uinteressant. Men de kapitler og afsnit, der rent faktisk handler konkret om Henrys skizofreni, redder delvist bogen og gør den til (delvist) sp [...]


    16. I really enjoyed this book! I have read a lot of memoirs about mental illness and I thought this one was very unique in the way that it was cowritten by both someone struggling directly with schizophrenia, and from the perspective of a parent of someone with schizophrenia. I feel that the book really gives you the sense of the struggles of both authors in coming to terms with this illness. Easy to read and informative.


    17. H. D. rang so very true to me. 1. The absolute frustration of his father when over 7 years or so nothing worked. 2. How Henry lived a life that was as real to him as anybody else’s. 3. The extremes that Henry went to in order to sabotage his own treatments. 4. The common threads between Henry’s schizophrenia and my personal experiences with it.




    18. This book was hard for me to read. Not because I fear mental illness. Not because Schizophrenia is a topic I can not digest. It was because the writing style was so dry that I felt as though I was reading Henry's medical reports and not a memoir of father and son. When picking up the book I had thought it would be an emotional account of father and son fighting demons together. In reality, it more of a step by step account, written in dry style with very little to leave this reader emotionally a [...]


    19. Henry's Demons: Living with Schizophrenia, A Father and Son's Story is exactly what the title states. Henry Cockburn came from a well rounded family with a younger brother, a loving father, and a loving mother. As a child he was a high achiever and impressed his parents and teachers. His father, Patrick Cockburn, was a journalists and would be in different countries for long periods of time. Even though Patrick was not around a lot, Henry still had a strong bond with his father. In Henry's first [...]


    20. Amazing. Breathtaking. Frank. Emotional. Frightening. Facinating. Informative. Exciting. Everything really.I loved this book and I have read a lot of non-fiction books about people’s experiences of mental illness and frankly this is the best in the long long list that I have read!This novel is written by both Henry and his father Patrick, starting with Patrick receiving that life changing phone call from his wife telling him that their eldest son was in a psychiatric ward. Here Patrick takes u [...]


    21. I read this book in 2011This is a combined story of a father and son’s experience of schizophrenia – the son has it, and writes about his experiences of it, and his father narrates most of the book, from his side of the experience, as a concerned Father. He feels he has a unique book in this sense, as it is two sided, but this has been done before. Very well written, yet easy to read for the masses, it unfolds the boys life story within the family unit – a family with an interesting and un [...]


    22. Henry's Demons: Living with Schizophrenia, A Father and Son's Story by Patrick Cockburn and Henry Cockburn is exactly what the byline says, a shared memoir taking place over the last decade as one young man struggled with an incredibly powerful mental illness. Henry's Demons is told in chapters of alternating perspectives, including one shared chapter and one chapter which contains a significant excerpt from the journal of Henry's mother Jan.It is significant that Patrick's name comes first on t [...]


    23. This is one of the most haunting memorable books I've ever read and I read 250 - 300 books per year. I read a library copy of this one in 2011 and I can't count how many times since I have thought or talked about it. Patrick Cockburn's beautiful, sad, terrifying story of his son's descent into mental illness would be a compelling book by itself. Interspersed with Henry's account of his illness and it's effect on his life, it packs an emotional punch that stays with the reader for a long time.Sch [...]


    24. Moving account of the devastation of schizophrenia. It's mostly by the patient's father, but there are a few chapters from the p.o.v. of the young man with schizophrenia, and some diary entries from his Mom as well. Author acknowledges that their being somewhat wealthy, coupled with access to British National health Service funding system, makes possible a level of care that would be tough to arrange elsewhere but is quite critical of the quality of that care.The book covers about 8 years after [...]


    25. The story of a father and son's journey with schizophrenia. Patrick (Dad) was a journalist who spent much of his time abroad in war torn countries, Kevin (son) lived at home with Mum Jan and brother Alex and was unhappy at school, amongst other things. Both Patrick and Kevin tell their sides to the story - Henry's schizophrenia - and it was both surprising and shocking. Kevin's thoughts and actions were quite extreme. I had no idea. I particularly liked reading the excerpts from Jan's diary - Ja [...]


    26. This is a rather scant book - at least it seemed short when I had finished it.The story is written by a father of a boy who develops schizophrenia in his early 20's or around there. It is based in England, but this doesn't really have any effect on the story at all. The father/author is a journalist who at one point during his son's early sickness to go to Iraq (2003) to cover the invasion. I guess I am mentioning this because his being a journalist you would think might involve some unique acti [...]


    27. three different viewpoints in this book; henry (the son) has schizophenia, patrick (the father) is a foreign coorespondent and Jan (mother) an english professor copy is an advanced reader, the cover has a different photo and jan isn't credited - i hope this changed upon publication, there are a dozen pages from her diary that are as valuable as what the men wrote. also the spelling of demon is americanized on the cover, english spelling inside.unusual in that you get three different reactions to [...]


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