Stalking the Madness that Stalks Us

Patrick Tracey

Patrick Tracey
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
April 03
Only boy to four older sisters, allegedly sane member of one of the sweetest (if saddest) schizophrenic families ever documented, and recently author of the just-published Stalking Irish Madness: Searching for the Roots of My Family's Schizophrenia (Bantam Dell), which was named to the Indie Next list, and just picked by Slate magazine as "a best book of 2008." More info at


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FEBRUARY 19, 2009 2:08PM

Kid Too Scared to Tell

Only a robot would not gulp at the frightened angel who appeared online: “I have heard ‘voices’ my whole life,” Alexandra pleads. “I am twelve, so yes, I am still a child. When I was really little, I used to talk to them but I have grown out of… Read full post »

JANUARY 9, 2009 7:52PM

Fairies Framed Up in Old Asylum

When I asked my grandfather about his wife, who lived in the old Rhode Island asylum, all he ever said was that her side of our Irish family was "away with the fairies." He added that if we ever went back to Ireland to shake the family tree, then, in theRead full post »

DECEMBER 25, 2008 10:50PM

A Relatively Merry Christmas-Phrenia

Was it a good Christmas or a bad Christmas?  In the end there’s the inevitable weighing up.  As always here in Boston it was a Christmas day tempered with the still difficult reality of having two sisters who are treatment-resistant schizophrenics. Two of the five of us are schizophreRead full post »

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NOVEMBER 30, 2008 1:27AM

Truly, Madly, Deeply

Patrick Tracey  

I took a step back when I met my sister’s new boyfriend. He’s the new guy on the scene here at the Webster House Center, a clubhouse in Boston for schizophrenics, and was I impressed. He was quieter than my sister, a bit more reflective, but
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