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Renowned Psychologist Stephen Hinshaw Discusses ‘Another Kind of Madness’

Author Stephen Hinshaw next to book jacket cover of his memoir

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Above: Author Stephen Hinshaw next to book jacket cover of his memoir "Another Kind of Madness."

Renowned Psychologist Stephen Hinshaw Discusses ‘Another Kind of Madness’

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Stephen Hinshaw, author, "Another Kind of Madness: A Journey Through the Stigma and Hope of Mental Illness"

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At the height of the AIDS epidemic, activists came up with the slogan, “silence equals death.”

Psychologist Steven Hinshaw believes the same could be said for other forms of illness that are kept secret out of fear and shame, most notably mental illness.

As a child Hinshaw experienced first hand how silence about mental illness hurt his family. His new memoir is about growing up with a father who kept his mental illness a secret for 18 years.

“Another Kind of Madness: A Journey Through the Stigma and Hope of Mental Illness” explores the struggles of living in a family with mental illness and the need to combat the stigma behind mental illness.

Hinshaw, who is also a professor of psychology at UC Berkley and vice-chair of psychology at UC San Francisco, talked about his memoir Tuesday on Midday Edition.

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