By Gregory Hitchcock
Key Themes: Mental Health, Schizophrenia, Military
The book is a personal journey of a mentally ill soldier and his efforts at recovering from his paranoid schizophrenia. Greg finds himself going from average to an increasingly paranoid mentally exhausted schizophrenic. He is ultimately discharged from the military after spending time in the mental ward of Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C. After years of soul searching, Greg finally finds himself by going back to his roots and what he loves best to do – writing.
This is a story of personal struggle and sacrifice, of someone with schizophrenia.
After nearly fifteen years of writing about the news and fifteen years of listening to people’s personal stories, from their cries of despair to their sounds of joy, I am able to make sense of the world.
Journalism is a tough and often thankless job. It has been made even tougher through the pain and anguish of my mental illness and the social stigma attached to it.
Has anyone told you that you should prepare for the unexpected?
My life definitely has not turned out the way I planned it, not because I have failed to prepare, but for all the monkey wrenches thrown in my life’s path.
I am Greg Hitchcock. I am a writer, journalist, and filmmaker. But I consider myself first and foremost a storyteller.
I suppose I became interested in stories when I was a young child camping under the stars listening to other storytellers tell of the man with the golden arm and other spooky campfire tales.
Or it could have been when I was listening to my grandmother telling stories of our family such as the time when my great-great grandfather owned a shipping company in Norway, lost all his money through bad business dealings, and came to the United States as one of the countless numbers of immigrants starting life over again.
Anyway, my own particular story began when I was diagnosed with schizophrenia at age 20 while serving in the U.S. Army. I will be turning 46 in December and while I still have schizophrenia, I have come to a much better understanding of my mental illness than I did many years ago.
This is a story of the challenges of someone with a disability and of someone who, after many years of self-doubt and self-denial brought on by stigma, overlooked his disability to turn his attention to his abilities.
Most of all, I am an example of what can be achieved after all the monkey wrenches have fallen.
This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 06 September, 2012.