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Snyder has been living with schizophrenia for all of his adult life. He recounts the early stages of his illness while in his teens, when none of his family, friends, or coworkers, and especially he himself, knew what was happening. The sometimes long journey from being healthy to recognizably sick is part of what makes this condition so horrible: broken relationships, lost jobs, the sense of not being in control without knowing why. One of Snyder's symptoms was paranoia that he was being followed by the government or that he might even be part of an alien experiment. What makes this book so powerful, especially for someone young and only just beginning down the same treacherous path, is that he offers hope that there is light, not necessarily at the end of a tunnel, but within the tunnel itself. This is important for family and friends as well the sufferer. Understanding and accepting this lifelong disease are the first steps toward living with it. There are tips for coping with stress and change; handling social situations, school, and work; and finding support from professionals. Snyder and his coauthors, a doctor and a writer on health issues, put a lot of faith in drug therapy. They also clearly spell out practical solutions for getting through an average day, which seems all the more precious after reading this book.
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