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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This is one of the most thorough, well written, and meaningful books ever written for family members and friends of those with schizophrenia. This book contains more than just basic information, yet maintains a readable and compassionate stance.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide family and friends with the information to effectively play a well informed role in the care of their loved one. Families are demanding more than just the ability to cope with their loved one's illness, and this book answers those demands with information essential for the new role that family and friends are embracing. This book is a most powerful tool that enables an active presence of family and friends that are so essential in the lives of our patients.
Audience: First and foremost, family and friends will benefit tremendously from this book. In addition, it is essential reading for graduate students in the mental health professions as it provides a different perspective which will aid in their learning and eventual growth as mental healthcare providers. The authors are well known members of the mental health community. This book is one of Dr. Mueser's finest contributions to the field.
Features: The authors do a wonderful job of explaining schizophrenia, thus providing the needed background to explore such topics as special issues for family members and relapse prevention. The section on relapse prevention is essential to ultimately creating the supportive environment. As persons with schizophrenia do have unique issues, part five is devoted to specific problems such as the psychotic (positive) symptoms, the negative symptoms, cognitive problems, anxiety, depression, anger and violence, and alcohol and substance abuse. As many clinical studies have begun to assess the quality of life, the authors provide a lengthy and appropriate discussion on these issues. The affordable price makes the book accessible to the general public.
Assessment: This is one of the most valuable books that any concerned family member or friend of a person with schizophrenia will read. If one is looking for a complete, unbiased, and informative family guide on schizophrenia, look no further!