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“A moving and vitally important book on mental illness and parenting” – Publishers Weekly
“This authoritative guide couples practical, no-nonsense information with support and reassurance. A must-read book for parents who wonder what went wrong and who mistakenly blame themselves.”   
—Irene S. Levine, PhD, professor of psychiatry, NYU Langone School of Medicine

Coping with Mental Illness, Substance Abuse, and The Problems that Tear Families Apart


My son is thirty-six and he scares me. He was arrested for punching his girlfriend when she was pregnant with their first child...

My daughter has bipolar disorder. The only thing stable about her is that she is consistently unstable…

My son is thirty and he’s a full-blown alcoholic. He has committed several DUIs…


Behind nearly every adult who battles addiction or suffers severe mental illness, there is at least one stressed parent in desperate need of emotional support and practical advice. That’s why Lyons Press (an imprint of Globe Pequot Press) is proud to announce the December 3, 2013 publication of WHEN YOUR ADULT CHILD BREAKS YOUR HEART, by Dr. Joel L. Young and Christine Adamec (978-0-7627-9297-9; $19.95 paperback).

 As the anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting approaches, we are reminded of the tragedy that can result in extreme cases when the needs of the mentally ill and their parents are not met. This book is part of a larger conversation about how we can support – rather than stigmatize – the parents of adult children who pose a risk to themselves, their families and, in some cases, society as a whole. The book argues that most of these adults have treatable psychiatric conditions – and provides practical advice for parents looking to get their children the help they need.

In a single volume, Young and Adamec provide an incredible range of resources, including:
Real-life stories from parents and Dr. Young’s own clinical practice; methods to access care; exercises to help parents combat self-blame, identify manipulative behaviors, and much more. It is an easy-to-understand guide to treatment options, with tough-love tips for when it’s time to say, “Enough.”  

Joel L. Young, M.D. is a board-certified adolescent, adult and forensic psychiatrist. He is the medical director of the Rochester Center for Behavioral Medicine, a clinical research site and outpatient clinic specializing in the treatment of individuals and families struggling with mental illness, located just outside Detroit, Mich. In addition, Dr. Young teaches Psychiatry at the Wayne State University School of Medicine. He is the author of two other books and many professional articles.

Christine Adamec has written and coauthored more than 30 self-help books and encyclopedias including The Encyclopedia of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse, The Encyclopedia of Drug Abuse and How to Live with a Mentally Ill Person.