All the Things We Never Knew: Chasing the Chaos of Mental Illness

Version: Unabridged
Author: Sheila Hamilton
Narrator: [No Narrators Added]
Genres: Biography & Memoir, Non-Fiction, Psychology
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: October 2015
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 10 hours
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Even as a reporter, Sheila Hamilton missed the signs as her husband Michael s mental illness unfolded before her. By the time she had pieced together the puzzle, it was too late. Her once brilliant, intense, and hilarious partner was dead within six weeks of a formal diagnosis of bipolar disorder, leaving his nine-year-old daughter and wife without so much as a note to explain his actions, a plan to help them recover from their profound grief, or a solution for the hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt that they would inherit from him.

"All the Things We Never Knew" takes listeners from Michael and Sheila s romance through the last three months of their life together and into the year after his death. It details their unsettling descent from ordinary life into the world of mental illness and examines the fragile line between reality and madness. Now, a decade after Michael s death, Sheila and her daughter, Sophie, have learned the power of choosing life over retreat, let themselves love and trust again, and understand the importance of forgiveness. Their story will resonate with all those who have loved someone suffering from bipolar disease and mental illness."
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Reviews (2)

Written by zack goss on November 4th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Absolutely a 'must read'. The story is beautifully told. The information offered is helpful. The main message, Stigma prevents treatment, is key. I so appreciate Sheila's passion to help break the Stigma and raise Awareness!

Written by Cheryl Joosten on October 28th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Having just recently have a family member commit suicide, I found listening to the author and her story comforting and give me a greater insight into a person with a mental disorder. Thank you.

Author Details

Author Details

Hamilton, Sheila

Sheila Hamilton is a five-time Emmy Award winning journalist. Her storytelling resume runs through film, commercial television, radio, and print. She began her career as an associate producer for public broadcasting and then anchored and reported commercial television news for KTVX in Salt Lake City and KATU in Portland, Oregon. Sheila currently hosts the KINK morning show in Portland, where she was recently voted Oregon s Best Radio Personality. She also writes cover stories for "About Face" magazine and authors her own blog. Hamilton is a frequent speaker and emcee for her favorite causes mindful mental health and empowerment for girls. She serves on the board of Girls Inc., an organization empowering girls to be strong, smart, and bold, and the Flawless Foundation, a mental health advocacy organization.