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Ithaca College Sociologist's Novel Takes 'A Journey With Schizophrenia'

 ITHACA, NY — Drawing upon his many years of counseling the mentally ill, Ithaca College sociology instructor Terry Garahan has published the novel “When Truth Lies: A Journey with Schizophrenia.” Taking that journey is Kevin, a young schizophrenic who hits the road after graduating from high school in 1967.

“Have you ever seen a mentally ill man on the street talking to himself and wondered what he is thinking, what he is like, what is his story?” said Garahan. “You will know after reading this book.”

“When Truth Lies” follows Kevin through some of America’s most turbulent and exciting times, from antiwar rallies and communes to cross-country road trips and Woodstock. In state hospitals and homeless in New York City, Kevin has the experiences that define a generation of the mentally ill while fighting the demons that inhabit his world — a world that is unknown to the rest of us.

Garahan will give public readings from his book on Monday, Nov. 28, at 7 p.m. in Textor 101 at Ithaca College; on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. at Buffalo Street Books, DeWitt Mall in downtown Ithaca; and on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 3 p.m. in the Borg Warner Room of the Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street in Ithaca.

Garahan began his work with the mentally ill in 1975, interviewing patients being discharged from Willard Psychiatric Hospital in upstate New York and developing programs to reintroduce them to the community. For nearly two decades he supervised an outpatient clinic serving individuals with chronic psychiatric illness.

In partnership with local law enforcement agencies, Garahan developed an innovative program that took a proactive approach to working with emotionally disturbed persons. The program was featured in the “New York Times” and on the CBS News show “60 Minutes II.” Through this experience he became an FBI-trained hostage negotiator and cofounder of the Tompkins County Critical Incident Negotiation Team and Ithaca Police Department SWAT Team. He also has specialized training in trauma treatment that led him to provide mental health treatment to World Trade Center survivors after 9/11.

For more information and to purchase “When Truth Lies: A Journey with Schizophrenia,” visit