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.
About 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.
Table of Contents
Introduction: So They Say We Have Schizophrenia, by Nina Schooler, Ph.D
1. In the Beginning
2. So Many Questions
3. How the Brain Works
4. What is Schizophrenia?
5. Why Me?
6. Diagnosing Schizophrenia
7. What Will People Think of Me Now?
9. Out of the Hospital and Staying Well
10. Coping with Positive and Negative Symptoms
11. Coping with Other Symptoms and Side Effects
12. Drugs, Alcohol, and Safer Sex
13. Under the Microscope
14. Zelda's Story
15. Who Am I Now?
16. Social Services
17. Rehabilitation Services
Appendix I: Client Assistant Program Directory
Appendix II: Vocational Rehabilitation Directory
Appendix III: Other Resources
What People are Saying About This
Diagnosis: Schizophrenia is packed with detailed information, incorporating new information on the brain, genetic issues, medication management, treatment, and coping with symptoms and problems. It is timely, relevant, and informative. No other book offers such comprehensive coverage in a style that intertwines stories with research. Social workers, counselors, physicians, nurses, psychologists, and students will especially find this volume valuable for its quick information that can be easily shared with patients and their families.
Very approachable and offers practical advice on managing symptoms of schizophrenia on a day-to-day basis and in different aspects of life, much needed by people moving toward mental health recovery.