Ms. Kaye, author and mother, shares her family’s experiences with her son’s mental illness and their arduous journey toward recovery. Ben, a gifted and loving young man full of promise, began exhibiting symptoms of schizophrenia during high school. As Kaye describes, obtaining the diagnosis of a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia can be a long and confusing process. The personality changes that Ben experienced were gradual and, at times, seemed to mimic the chaotic hormonal and behavioral changes that come with adolescence. Kaye brings us into her world of emotional turmoil as she tries to manage her day-to-day life as a single parent in the midst of uncertainty about when another crisis would develop and create havoc within the family. In their search for help, Ben and his family found that navigating the mental health system can be a trying process of receiving different psychiatric opinions and treatment recommendations before a definitive diagnosis can be made. Unfortunately, Ben’s symptoms erupted into a crisis that led to hospitalization and commitment for treatment. This was necessary in order for him to be correctly diagnosed and treated with antipsychotic medication.