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  • In this book, Anne introduces her son, Johnathan and his happy, delightful personality in his adolescence
  • It really hit home when Deveson compared it to someone with appendicitis - you could take them to hospital and they would be treated, whereas someone suffering a psychotic episode are referred to police, who refer them back to the hospital, who refer them back to police

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      Tell Me I’m Here by Anne Deveson is the true story of a mother’s struggle to come to terms with her son’s schitzophrenia.

      In this book, Anne introduces her son, Johnathan and his happy, delightful personality in his adolescence. As he grows, Johnathan changes into a frightening, confronting and difficult young adult.

      As someone with very little exposure to anyone with serious mental illness, I


      was gripped from beginning to end. This is a story that could happen to any one of us and it both scared and educated me about the many facets of mental illness.

      Written in 1991 and winner of the Human Rights Non-Fiction Award for that year, Deveson highlights the many failings of our society to understand, treat and deal with mental illnesses.

      It really ...


      • hit home when Deveson compared it to someone with appendicitis - you could take them to hospital and they would be treated, whereas someone suffering a psychotic episode are referred to police, who refer them back to the hospital, who refer them back to police. One can only imagine the frustration felt by those affected.

        Deveson’s struggle to come to terms with her sons

        gradual downward spiral into madness is heartbreaking but her strength and love for her son never fail to shine through even the darkest hours.

        A moving account of a mother’s love and an educational insight into mental illness. Confronting? Yes - but a story that needs to be told if schitzophrenia is ever to be recognised for what it really is - an illness.




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    hayelz says :

    Hey, could you please help me. ive been trying to find a review on chapter 9 but i cant. please help me and summarise chapter 9 of tell me im here by anne deveson. thanks

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