Psychotic mum

An inside story

Brenda Froyen

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Psychotic mum

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ISBN: 9789463930697, 248 blz., September 2019, Engels
Formaat: 23.1 (h) x 15.7 (b) x 2.4 (d) cm. Gewicht: 420 gram.

Uitgever: Borgerhoff & Lamberigts


After giving birth to her third son, Brenda suffers a post-partum psychosis. One in every thousand women suffers from this rare illness. She starts to experience hallucinations, with the boundary between illusion and reality becoming increasingly vague. Her psychosis disrupts her entire life and that of everyone around her.
Psychotic Mum is the story of Brenda’s quest for help. Fragments from nurses’ reports and the diary of her husband and sister combine to give a more comprehensive idea of what happens when someone experiences psychosis. The book is a scathing indictment against the often random, forced and at times humiliating treatment of psychiatric patients. Overmedication, compulsory admission, and solitary confinement are rife in mental health care. But Brenda’s story is also a story of hope. The hope that she will recover, the hope that the taboo of mental health will finally be broken. Brenda Froyen hopes to instigate a debate on the treatment of psychiatric patients.

A moving and insightful account of what goes in the head of someone who is experiencing psychosis
An argument in favour of a more human approach to patients.
Brenda Froyen studied Germanic languages and teaches Dutch and English. She is an active member of the UilenSpiegel patient association, gives talks about her experiences and works as a guide at the Museum Dr. Guislain in Ghent.

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