"I found myself covering my mouth with one hand, while turning the page with my other. This book—two hearts woven together—a mother's memoir coupled with a daughter's diary—is a must read for parents struggling deeply with a child who is suffering with mental health issues. It is a startling account of a deeply flawed system, and deeply flawed treatments. It is a painful read. . . a necessary read. Karen writes these words at the end of her book: The world cannot afford to lose people like Sadie. She offers up a call to action—asking all of us who suffer from, or suffer around, mental health issues to get angry, to make a ruckus, to make a difference. No, the world cannot afford to lose more people like Sadie, but I am deeply grateful, wholly grateful, that Karen Meadows is in the world to shine a much needed light on this topic." —Amy Ferris, author of Shades of Blue: Writers on Depression, Suicide, and Feeling Blue.
"Karen Meadows has written an extremely important book, one that is long overdue and necessary for parents navigating the confusing area of treatments for children struggling with mental illness. She does an excellent job blending personal details with information about treatment options at various levels." —Leslie Taylor, MD, psychiatrist
"Meadows provides immensely practical guidance through this morass while persuasively advocating for developing an intelligible system that makes research-based treatment comprehensive and accessible to parents like herself." —Rick Mehlman, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Chief Executive Officer, Child Study and Treatment Center, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
"Karen Meadows delivers a line in Searching for Normal that stunned me with its simplicity and directness—'I want the world to take note that we cannot afford to lose people like Sadie. I want society to stand up and say, This is unacceptable.'" By 2030, depression will outpace cancer, stroke, war and accidents as the world's leading cause of disability and death. (World Health Organization) Karen's intensely human exploration of her daughter's depression and subsequent suicide is representative of the private battle millions of families are engaged in." —Sheila Hamilton, author of All the Things We Never Knew: Chasing the Chaos of Mental Illness