Introducing No Family Madder: An Exploration of Mental Illness in AmericaMany families are affected by mental illness, but family members’ stories are often left untold. Patrick Tracey grew up as a brother to two sisters disabled by schizophrenia. The family ties to mental illness were intriguing to Patrick, so he wanted to learn more about his family’s ancestry, from whence he came — Ireland.

Patrick chronicled his experiences about his exploration of his family’s ancestry and ties to mental illness in Ireland for four months, which led to the 2008 publication of his award-winning book, Stalking Irish Madness.

His new project, of which this blog is a part, is entitled No Family Madder, “an obvious pun that plays on the social taboo on talking about this family matter.”

His plan is to rove across the lower 48 states of the U.S. to discover the stories hidden underneath the stigma of the world’s 4th most disabling illness.

“I would also love to be able to reach out specifically to the hardest hit families in the land,” says Patrick, “those that might rival my own, for a follow up book project that about these so called multiplex schizophrenia families.”

It sounds like an exciting and captivating journey, and we’re honored to be a part of it. Please give Patrick a warm Psych Central welcome over on his blog, No Family Madder: An exploration of mental illness in America, today!