Rickie (Book)

Tatelbaum, Judy
February 1991
Health & Social Work;Feb1991, Vol. 16 Issue 1, p76
Academic Journal
This article presents information on the book "Rickie," by Frederic Flach, with recollections by Rickie Flach Hartman. "Rickie" is the harrowing, true story of the survival and recovery of a young woman who, from age 13, spent 10 years in mental hospitals and was diagnosed as schizophrenic. Narrated by her psychiatrist father with Rickie's poetry and commentary throughout, it reads like the unraveling of a mystery, which helps the reader accept what were at the time considered the best available psychiatric treatments: electroshock therapy, cold water hydrotherapy, isolation treatments, physical restraints, and debilitating medications. "Rickie" demonstrates that it is possible to heal from the most poignant and painful life experiences. With her father's unfailing support, Rickie ultimately found healers--nontraditional and compassionate people who helped her recover. Rickie now is happily married and is raising three children. She volunteers in medical emergency work, and is training to be a nurse.


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