- By Gail Griffith

Will's Choice: A Suicidal Teen, a Desperate Mother, and a Chronicle of Recovery

  • Title: Will's Choice: A Suicidal Teen, a Desperate Mother, and a Chronicle of Recovery
  • Author: Gail Griffith
  • ISBN: 9780060598662
  • Page: 402
  • Format: Paperback
  • Will s Choice A Suicidal Teen a Desperate Mother and a Chronicle of Recovery On March seventeen year old Will ingested a near fatal dose of his antidepressant medication an event that would forever change his life and the lives of his family In Will s Choice his mo

    On March 11, 2001, seventeen year old Will ingested a near fatal dose of his antidepressant medication, an event that would forever change his life and the lives of his family In Will s Choice, his mother, Gail Griffith, tells the story of her family s struggle to renew Will s interest in life and to regain their equilibrium in the aftermath.Griffith intersperses her ownOn March 11, 2001, seventeen year old Will ingested a near fatal dose of his antidepressant medication, an event that would forever change his life and the lives of his family In Will s Choice, his mother, Gail Griffith, tells the story of her family s struggle to renew Will s interest in life and to regain their equilibrium in the aftermath.Griffith intersperses her own finely wrought prose with dozens of letters and journal entries from family and friends, including many from Will himself A memoir with a social conscience, Will s Choice lays bare the social and political challenges that American families face in combating this most mysterious and stigmatized of illnesses In Gail Griffith, depressed teens have found themselves a formidable advocate, and in the evocative and fiercely compelling narrative of Will s Choice, we all discover the promise of a second chance.

    1 thought on “Will's Choice: A Suicidal Teen, a Desperate Mother, and a Chronicle of Recovery

    1. This is simply one family's story so I can not fault them for doing everything within their means to save their son from his acute depression. However, this family had more resources than many and could afford to send their son away to private, pricey residential treatment facilities. As that's not an option for many families of struggling teens, this particular story might not be all that helpful in a practical sense. It made clear, though, that the ravages of depression can be as serious, and [...]

    2. This book kind of disturbs me. Certainly Gail Griffith writes well, and she makes a wonderful case for the use of antidepressants in young people, which is why I gave the book four stars. (Antidepressants have saved my own life.) Obviously she loves her son and wanted what was best for him.But I don't understand why Will had to go away to the therapeutic boarding school. It seems very much as if he was sent there for his parents' peace of mind more than anything else -- his mother wrote that she [...]

    3. Trying to learn about mental health issues, suicide in particular, I chose this as an example of a first person narrative about dealing with a child's suicide attempt. The author, who struggles with depression, as does her son, writes movingly about her personal experiences, as well as about her research into the general issues of mental health care for adolescents. I appreciated the author's honesty in talking about her family and her son's willingness to share his own journal entries. While th [...]

    4. Excellent read! I loved that we got to see both perspectives, from the Mother trying to figure out how to help her child to the perspective of the child going through it. Good mix of stats and information with personal stories to keep it very readable.

    5. "In the early hrs of 3/11/01, 17 yr old Will ingested a near-fatal dose of his antidepressant meds, an event that forever changed his life and the lives of his family. His mother takes us down the very personal rd ea of the family members traveled to renew Will's interest in life & so regain their equilibrium in the aftermath. Interspersed w dozens of letters & journal entries from family, friends, & Will himself. Examines the struggle to overcome depression & the soc/pol/econ ch [...]

    6. I had a really hard time reading this book I really 'enjoyed' reading about the actual things her family were going through but she would go off on so many facts that I would lose interest. I ended up skipping chunks of purely factual info I know quite a bit about depression so it felt repetitive for me to read. This would probably be a good book for people who don't know much about depression.

    7. This book delves deep with in our mental health system for what it is, for a mother who missed the warning signs that her son was suffering inside mentally. That no one is immune from situations like this. It can happen to anyone. The struggles and lengths she goes threw to save her son from the terros inside. doing anything from outpatient treatment to hospitalization to residential treatment. and against all odds he comes out of this stronger then ever.

    8. It's good one of the suggested books to help parents dealing with their child's depression and suicidal urges. There are MANY books explaining the writers' OWN experiences with their diseases and recoveries, but FEW books written by caregivers, telling their own side of the story, how they deal with their loved ones, helping them recover, etc.

    9. Very eye-opening account of how the mental health care profession in our country operates. Also enlightening is just how much we don't know about clinical Depression. Gail Griffith is very honest and open about her family's struggles to help her son heal after his suicide attempt, as is her son, who contributed letters, journals, and even a chapter to this book. Highly recommend.

    10. This was a very informing novel. I was a little dissapointed only because I was expecting something way different. Its about a mother that has a son that almost succeeded in over dosing. It tells about different ways that you can help your child if they have depression. Different kinds of meds and programs. Not entirely for a teenager if you ask me. But it was still very informative.<3

    11. The title says it all. This is a must read for any mother who has to deal with her child's suicide attempt, because it is a lonely struggle that only another mother in the same situation can understand. This book validated my frustration with how terrible the system was in dealing with such an attempt and how awful most professionals were at communicating what was happening with my child.

    12. this book was boring to read it had no good content in it its garbage because it had no action or suspens they talked to much about medical problems and how he will wnted to kill him self

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