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October 13th 2015:Schizophrenia, False Memories, and Family Memoirs

Katherine Flannery Dering talks about her life, career, and experience as elder sister of her brother, Paul, as he lived with schizophrenia. She explains her book 'Shot In The Head', http://www.shotintheheadbook.com/. She describes his false memories and how she came to recognize these. She highlights the challenges that false memories created for him in his interactions with his present and past realities and the challenges these created for the family as a whole. She explains how her book is her very own memoire, and how this and her family's memoires and memories may have helped them all in

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Katherine Flannery Dering

Katherine Flannery Dering is the second of ten children. Her younger brother, Paul, was diagnosed with schizophrenia at the age of 16. Katherine is author of ‘Shot in the Head: A Sister’s Memoir, A Brother’s Struggle’. She writes about her experiences caring for her brother and speaks about the role of the family in caring for a person with mental illness. Her poetry and essays have appeared in Inkwell Magazine, as well as what she calls several small journals, and in an anthology of essays about coping with mental illness. She holds an MFA from Manhattanville College, a BA from Le Moyne College and a MBA from the University of Minnesota at Duluth. She’s a former CFO at a community bank in N
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