Diagnosis: Schizophrenia: A Comprehensive Resource / Edition 1

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Overview

The disease is not fatal but few diagnoses have the capacity to instill as much fear in the hearts of patients and families. Here is a profoundly reassuring book that shows there can be life after a diagnosis of schizophrenia.

The book includes thirty-five first-person accounts, along with chapters by professionals on a wide range of issues from hospitalization to rehabilitation. Jargon-free and technically accurate, the chapters are short and offer up-to-date information on medication, coping skills, social services, clinical research, and much more. Patients and their families can read the book from cover to cover or skip around and select topics as the need arises.

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Editorial Reviews

Schizophrenia.com
Valuable... highly recommended.
Publishers Weekly
Shrouded in myth and mystery, distorted by sensationalist films like The Three Faces of Eve and mistakenly confused with multiple personality disorder, schizophrenia, the authors argue, is one of the least understood mental disorders in the world. It affects 1% of the U.S. population, and this book, primarily targeted at those with the disease, marks an important entry in the mental health genre, particularly since it is coauthored by a group of 35 patients (from a New York treatment program) and has first-person accounts of diagnosis, delusional states and recovery. Miller and Mason, social workers who specialize in the issue, note that while it's still not clear if there is a cure for schizophrenia, many people can successfully manage the condition through a combination of structured routines, medication and therapy. Readers with short attention spans will be able to handle the short chapters, which offer straightforward, nonjudgmental advice on handling a variety of symptoms. Of particular interest are the sections addressing how much information to give co-workers and employers. The authors assume no prior knowledge or background on the subject, and their book is far easier to understand than the classic title for schizophrenics and their families, E. Fuller Torrey's Surviving Schizophrenia. Illus. (Sept.) Forecast: While the press information indicates that the publisher hopes to capitalize on the recent interest in Andrea Yates and John Nash, a more general readership seems unlikely, given the book's obvious orientation toward people diagnosed with schizophrenia, their friends and relatives. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
In the United States, one out of every 100 people suffers from schizophrenia, the mental illness that afflicts Nobel prize winner John Nash, the subject of Sylvia Nasar's A Beautiful Mind and the Ron Howard film of the same name. In this atmosphere of heightened awareness, Miller (M.S.W., Hillside Hosp., NY) and Mason (social work, Yeshiva Univ.) present an excellent guide for patients and their families dealing with the onset and long-term effects of schizophrenia. Intermingled with firsthand accounts by 35 patients is jargon-free information by mental health specialists on the initial diagnosis and beginning of treatment, answers to frequently asked questions, the physiology of the brain, a basic explanation of the illness, the state of research on the origins of the disease, dealing with family and friends, coping with side effects and negative symptoms, using drugs and alcohol, getting the services necessary to recover, and today's new generation of antipsychotic medications. The appendixes include state phone numbers for client assistance programs, national mental-health advocacy organizations, and vocational rehabilitation programs, but surprisingly none of the state agencies responsible for mental health services in hundreds of community mental health centers. Still, the heartfelt delivery of these comprehensive and vital data will facilitate a greater understanding of a complex disease. Essential for all public libraries. Dale Farris, Groves, TX Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231126250
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 8/14/2002
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 632,461
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Rachel Miller is a social worker for the National Institute of Mental Health, Child Psychiatry Branch, where she works with children with psychotic disorders and their families.

Susan E. Mason is professor of social work and sociology at Yeshiva University's Wurzweiler School of Social Work, where she teaches courses on psychiatric disorders. She is a fellow at the New York Academy of Medicine and a senior education specialist and fellow for the New York State Social Work Education Consortium.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: So They Say We Have Schizophrenia, by Nina Schooler, Ph.D1. In the Beginning2. So Many Questions3. How the Brain Works4. What is Schizophrenia? 5. Why Me? 6. Diagnosing Schizophrenia7. What Will People Think of Me Now? 8. Medication9. Out of the Hospital and Staying Well10. Coping with Positive and Negative Symptoms11. Coping with Other Symptoms and Side Effects12. Drugs, Alcohol, and Safer Sex13. Under the Microscope14. Zelda's Story15. Who Am I Now? 16. Social Services17. Rehabilitation ServicesAppendix I: Client Assistant Program DirectoryAppendix II: Vocational Rehabilitation DirectoryAppendix III: Other Resources

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2002

    A Book Everyone Should Read

    This should be a manual handed out to everyone with schizophrenia and their families from the first hospitalization or onset of the illness. A must read.

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