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The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism 2003-2004

Virginia Holman

Freelance Journalist
Durham, N.C., USA

Topic: An extended article on how children of parents diagnosed with schizophrenia have fared as a result of living with and caring for a loved one with a mental illness

Published Work:

Lessons from Loss
When Pat and Clancy must teach the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill's free, 12-week, Family to Family class twice a year in Wilmington, they understand the experience of family members who have a loved one with a severe mental illness.

Mother's Mental Illness Colors Christmas
The JEB Stuart Home for the Aged was not much to look at on Christmas Day. I'd imagined today in the nursing home we would be jostling with knots of festive relatives visiting with their ill loved ones.

Rescuing Patty Hearst
In 1975, one year after Patty Hearst and her captors robbed Hibernia National Bank, a second kidnapping took place far from the glare of the headlines. Virginia Holman's mother, in the thrall of psychosis, spirited her two daughters to a cottage on the Virginia Peninsula, painted the windows black and set up the house as a MASH unit for a secret war. A war that never came.

Control Freak
All kinds of freaks abound in this world: neat freaks, health freaks, movie freaks, just plain freaks. And then there are control freaks. That often misunderstood lot with an obsessive need to exert control over people and situations. Yeah, that would be me...

How to Take Risks
There I was, our plane steady at 14,000 feet over the bright green soybean fields of rural North Carolina. My skydiving instructor, Jean Paul - French, bald, abundantly pierced, and painfully sexy - clipped his harness to mine

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