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A fascinating look into the world of schizo-affective disorder which, at times, is funny, heartbreaking, but above all uplifting. Dr. Carolyn Dobbins describes the onset and progression of this debilitating disease and gives readers hope. The book breaks through the stigma as mental illness affects us all. Included at the end are facts about serious mental illness, the 6 A's of self help and Dr Dobbins' message to her counseling colleagues who may be surprised, as all readers ...
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What A Life Can Be: One Therapist's Take on Schizo-affective Disorder

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Overview

A fascinating look into the world of schizo-affective disorder which, at times, is funny, heartbreaking, but above all uplifting. Dr. Carolyn Dobbins describes the onset and progression of this debilitating disease and gives readers hope. The book breaks through the stigma as mental illness affects us all. Included at the end are facts about serious mental illness, the 6 A's of self help and Dr Dobbins' message to her counseling colleagues who may be surprised, as all readers will be, by the ending.

In an advance review, the National Alliance on Mental Illness said this book is told in an unorthodox but very effective manner." and that "people are more than their illness".

Dr E Fuller Torrey, author of Surviving Schizophrenia, said "an inspiration for all who have ever experienced psychosis"

Dr. Thomas G Burish, a professor of psychology and Provost of Notre Dame University said this book is "powerful and revealing, and provides a unique insight into chronic mental disease". He added that the book is "a probing, liberating story"

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As a teen, Dobbins was a world-class skier, training for the Olympics. Now a therapist, she is also schizoaffective, which is basically mild schizophrenia coupled with depression. Her symptoms started as somatic issues—inability to eat or sleep enough—which ended her sports career. Like most schizophrenics in today's society, her strange behavior landed her in jail several times. (Most notably, she got out of jail just in time to defend her doctoral dissertation!) Her book's major problem is that to tell this painful story she divides herself into two personas: Dr. Dobbins, a counselor, and her schizoaffective patient Jane, an ex-skier with advanced degrees, who tells the story of her life. VERDICT Despite this book's awkward narrative structure, people who have been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorders and those close to them will welcome it as an advocacy tool. Others who wish to know more about what psychosis feels like would be better served by Mark Vonnegut's The Eden Express or Lori Schiller and Amanda Bennett's The Quiet Room.—Mary Ann Hughes, Shelton, WA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780986652226
  • Publisher: Bridgeross Communications
  • Publication date: 10/16/2011
  • Pages: 226
  • Sales rank: 406,671
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.52 (d)

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