Social Issues

Listening for the Light : A New Perspective on Integration Disorder in Dyslexic Syndrome, Schizophrenia, Bipolarity, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Substance Abuse

Introduction (p. 10)


Chapters 6 and 7 in Listening for the Light tell of unnecessary suffering. Some readers will live in places and in financial circumstances where they can pick and choose among extensive psychiatric and counselling resources. We do not. In some ways we were very fortunate, in others, less so.
I brought ignorance and naiveté to Daniel’s addictions, but could educate myself once we discovered what he was doing to his brain. My strong interest and significant academic and professional experience in the way people think and express themselves at first brought objectivity into my observations of how Daniel’s medications affected him. I soon found myself at odds with the two communities providing the drugs Daniel craved: both the local subculture and those in psychiatric practice.
A great many people in jails and mental hospitals reside there as a tribute to the failure of society to diagnose problems early and to remediate them effectively. How can we as a society—as educators, as doctors, and as parents—alter the circumstances that bring a dyslexic syndrome child to the verge of self-extinction? Answers to these questions may be surprisingly simple; the prevention of despair in children is one of my purposes here. You can learn about the causes of dyslexia and other mental conditions in Listening for the Light, available at:

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