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Hidden Valley Road

Book by: Robert Kolker
Publishing Year: 2020
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If two people are infatuated with each other, people usually associate it with the chemistry between them. There was definitely great chemistry between Mimi and Don when they first met in 1937, at a swimming competition. Don asked Mimi straightaway whether she’d date him, and they remained as lovers till Don passed away in 2003. They tied the knot just before Don went to the Pacific to fight during the Second World War. Don had high ambitions and wanted to be an influential figure in the United States. However, things didn’t work out smoothly for them. Don struggled with transitioning out of the military to political science. Later, he joined the Air Force as a high-ranking officer in Colorado. Eventually Mimi, Don and their 12 kids moved into a beautiful and open house. They had ten boys and the youngest were two girls. This book talks about a curious family and how they became the subject of an ongoing study on schizophrenia and mental illness.

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LESSON 1: The First Signs of Illness in the Two Children. 

After Don took the job of an Air Force officer in Colorado, their entire family moved into a split-level modern house on Hidden Valley Road in the Woodmen Valley area, just outside Colorado Springs, in 1963. In those years, there was a traditional script for a family like the Galvins: aspiration, hard work, upward mobility, and domestic harmony. They worked hard to play their respective parts. Their house was the first of its kind to be built on a four-mile stretch of a dirt road in the neighborhood. This area was specifically reserved for the families of the members of the Air Force Academy. 

After they moved into a new house on Hidden Valley Road, two of the children of the family started showing the first signs of illness. Their house was big enough to comfortably accommodate Don, Mimi, and their twelve kids. They were able to fit a fourteen-seat table in the dining room. The living room was also big enough for the boys of the family to play their wrestling games. These wrestling matches would often turn into real fights, particularly between the oldest boys, Donald and Jim. By the time they moved into the new house on Hidden Valley Road, they were practically enemies. 

However, the family was somewhat relieved that Donald would be leaving for university the same year that they moved into the house. Donald and Jim were opposites. Donald was a star athlete who always wanted to make his father proud. Jim had always been a rebellious child. Even when Jim was expelled from his school for sneaking into an Air Force Jet, his parents brushed it off as his rebellious phase. 

When Donald was 17 years old, he broke ten dishes impulsively and his parents brushed it off as teenage behavior. However, when Donald began his sophomore year at college, things began to get serious. In one year from 1964 to 1965 alone, he visited the health center on his campus four times. He went the first time to treat a suspicious cat bite. The second time he was concerned that he might catch syphilis from his roommate. The third time he had sprained his back and was advised to rest at the infirmary. The fourth time was the most serious of it all. He showed up at the health center with terrifying burns on his body. His clothes also looked like they had been on fire. It was eventually found out that Donald had thrown himself into a bonfire.       

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ROBERT KOLKER is the New York Times bestselling author of Lost Girls, named one of the New York Times’s 100 Notable Books and one of Publishers Weekly’s Top Ten Books of 2013. As a journalist, his work has appeared in New York magazine, Bloomber...

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  • LESSON 1: The First Signs of Illness in the Two Children. 
  • LESSON 2: The First Diagnosis of Schizophrenia. 
  • LESSON 3: Mental Health Institutions and the Stigma Around It. 
  • LESSON 4: The Violence in the Other Siblings.
  • LESSON 5: The Progression of the Illness. 
  • LESSON 6: Schizophrenia in Six Siblings of the Family. 
  • LESSON 7. The Galvin Family as the Subject of Research.
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In the summary of Hidden Valley Road book, there are 7 key lessons. These lessons include:

  1. LESSON 1: The First Signs of Illness in the Two Children. 
  2. LESSON 2: The First Diagnosis of Schizophrenia. 
  3. LESSON 3: Mental Health Institutions and the Stigma Around It. 
  4. LESSON 4: The Violence in the Other Siblings.
  5. LESSON 5: The Progression of the Illness. 
  6. LESSON 6: Schizophrenia in Six Siblings of the Family. 
  7. LESSON 7. The Galvin Family as the Subject of Research.

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