The Ghosts Behind Him

By Doris Ray

Categories: Fiction
Imprint: Caitlin Press
Paperback : 9780920576779, January 1999


It began in childhood, when Bruce was a little distant, and progressed into adolescence when Bruce was withdrawn and aggressive but it wasn't until he attempted suicide that the root of Bruce's behaviour was discovered--schizophrenia. After years of successful and unsuccessful treatments, setbacks and progressions, institutionalization and independence, Bruce's life is altered forever as the voices inside his head drive him to commit the most unthinkable act known to mankind. Doris Ray, Bruce's mother, tells the real-life story of living with her son as he struggles with the horrors of schizophrenia. As Doris describes the devastating effects on her family, finances and community, The Ghosts Behind Him also provides insight to important social issues such as mental health care and the legal system.