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10 Great Reads about Schizophrenia

10 Great Reads about Schizophrenia

According to Merriam-Webster Schizophrenia is

“a very serious mental illness in which someone cannot think or behave normally and often experiences delusions”

This is definition is a very generic explanation of this mental disorder. In reality we can’t see into ones mind therefore we don’t know for sure what they are experiencing. In this list I have compiled together 10 Books about Schizophrenia with plots that range from memoirs, auto-biographies, and resource books.

 

The Center Cannot Hold

Image Source: Amazon.com
Elyn R. Saks, the author of this book, describes her life living with schizophrenia and how it has affected her. In this book she shares her experiences and battles that result from her lifelong fight against her mind. Saks also explains how she rose past her terrifying world and made a name for herself as a professional. This book gives a really great insight to the mind of someone living with schizophrenia.

 

The Quiet Room: A Journey Out of the Torment of Madness

the quiet room

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This book follows the life of Lori Schiller and how her life went from perfect at 17 years old to her first suicide attempt at 23 years old. She, in detail, paints a picture of her life with schizophrenia recounting the doctors diagnosis, her family and how they were affected, and her personal traumatizing experiences. This is another great read with a close look into the world of a person living with schizophrenia.

 

A Beautiful Mind

a beautiful mind

http://www.amazon.com/A-Beautiful-Mind-Sylvia-Nasar/dp/1451628420
When you think of Schizophrenia this is one of the most popular books because of the movie that came out in 2001. Both the book and movie are based on a true store following the life of John Nash. John Nash was a very intelligent mathematician who at age 30 fell into the illness of his mind. With the help of close friends and the consistent love from a woman he was able to eventually emerge fro the darkness and became a Nobel Prize Winner.

 

Is There No Place On Earth For Me?

is there no place on earth for me

http://www.amazon.com/Is-There-No-Place-Earth/dp/0804169187
Journalist Susan Sheehan, in 1978 became enthralled with the life of Sylvia Frumkin learning everything she could about who she was and how she personally was affected by her disorder. Through over two years of conversation comes “Is There No Place On Earth For Me?”, a detailed look into Sylvia’s life that explores her treatment and the many trials and errors she experienced in trying to stop her symptoms.

 

Surviving Schizophrenia

http://www.amazon.com/Surviving-Schizophrenia-6th-Edition-Family/dp/0062268856
“Surviving Schizophrenia” is different from the last couple of books on this book because instead of talking about personal experiences it is a comprehensive look at schizophrenia. This book is filled with research including symptoms, treatments, overviews of the disorder, and more. It also answers questions and is a great tool for families or people that have been directly affected by schizophrenia. This book has been continually updated to include all new research, making this a very popular book.

 

The Protest Psychosis

protest psychosis

http://www.amazon.com/The-Protest-Psychosis-Schizophrenia-Disease/dp/0807001279
This book follows how the definition of Schizophrenia changed from the 1920’s till the 1970’s. The book uses Ionia Sate Hospital and the events that occurred there to show this evolution. Author Jonathan Metzl tells the outrageous story of how African American protesters were diagnosed as schizophrenic because of there “aggressive acts”. This is a very interesting read that shows how in this time period racial anxiety impacted medical diagnosis.

 

Tell Me I’m Here

tell me im here

http://www.amazon.com/Tell-Me-Here-Experience-Schizophrenia/dp/0140173390
“Tell Me I’m Here” is a must read, following the life of Anne Deveson and how she was affected by her son’s mental disorder. She details how she realized that her son was schizophrenic. This book is written from her point of view as a mother watching her beloved son turn from a sweet boy to someone almost unrecognizable. “Tell Me I’m Here” tells a beautiful and heart-wrenching story of a mother’s relentless love in search for a cure to bring her son back to reality.

 

Welcome,Silence

welcome silence

http://www.amazon.com/Welcome-Silence-Carol-North/dp/0788099272
“Welcome, Silence” is another memoir tracing the life of Carol North who was diagnosed with Schizophrenia in college but had dealt with it from a very young age. It shines light on her personal experience and how she essentially overcame her mind. With help from a skilled psychiatrist who believed in her she was able to stay in school and fulfill her dream in the medical field.

 

Far Side Of Madness

far side of madness

http://www.amazon.com/Side-Madness-John-Weir-Perry/dp/0882145576
This book is another great resource that shines light on how to deal with people that are schizophrenic. It explains different methods and also what you can expect from a person that has schizophrenia. Author John Weir Perry is a Jungian psychiatrist that has written many other books revolving around the topic of schizophrenia. This book brings a new light to the condition of schizophrenia and shows a more benevolent view of it.

 

What Really Causes Schizophrenia

what really causes schiz

http://www.amazon.com/Really-Causes-Schizophrenia-Harold-Foster/dp/1412015316
Finally, we end this post with a book that gives a mass overview of what schizophrenia is. This book is for those dealing with schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, and anyone who is interested in learning about the topic. It answers frequently asked questions and provides detailed answers. It also includes treatment options and the history behind them. “What Really Causes Schizophrenia” has been used by readers ranging from top professionals to “the average Joe” looking to broaden their knowledge on schizophrenia.

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To view the the schizophrenia treatment centers in your local area, please click the state in which you live on the map above or find your state in the alphabetized links above. Each respective page will lists the name, address, and contact number for each individual treatment center. You may also visit the top level page of the directory by clicking here and navigate further from there.
Read the description and visit the personal webpage of each treatment center to find out more information. You can contact them from there, but we understand that this is a tedious and intimidating process, so we've provided a form you can fill out with the requested information and we'll set you up with the most appropriate treatment center for your needs.
If you require further assistance, please don't hesitate to contact us at Schiz Life. We are here to serve the needs of the schizophrenia community and are happy to do so!

Schiz Life - Living With Schizophrenia

living with schizophrenia
For many of us, living with schizophrenia is our reality. And instead of struggling with the wish of how things “could be,” we finally come to an acceptance of our predicament and ultimately we embrace the fact of our lives: We are people dealing with schizophrenia. So then the question becomes not “Why” we suffer from this illness, but “How” we will cope and continue to enjoy our lives. We certainly will not give up! We have every right to demand the niceties, freedoms, and enjoyments of life to which all living creatures are entitled. This is what Schiz Life is all about.

Mission Statement Concerning Schizophrenia Information and Culture

Schiz Life serves to…

  • • Provide a safe haven for persons who wish to converse, cope, and share their experiences with schizophrenia in a positive manner in an attempt to celebrate the beauty of life, especially concerning our unique perspective on existence.
  • • Provide the highest quality of information concerning our psychological difficulties, including a frame of reference on the symptoms, treatment, history, and the future of schizophrenia.
  • • Take corrective action to dispel the myths and stigma surrounding schizophrenia, such as false ideas surrounding the cause, associations with violence, and others, all being perpetuated by the media by providing truth through scientific research and statistics.

Schiz Life intends to achieve this goal in the following manner:

The Schiz Life Schizophrenia Action Plan

  1. 1. We will continue to take advantage of internet outreach, contacting news agencies and other medical bloggers in hopes that they will join us in raising awareness of schizophrenia.
  2. 2. We will continue to promote this website through video and media outlets, including the dissemination of informational videos and graphics such as the first official schizophrenia infographic.
  3. 3. We will all contribute where possible off-line, including at health expo’s, psychology conferences, and any other relevant opportunity to spread the good word.

Thank You for Your Part in the Schizophrenia Journey!

We all thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for playing your role in the developing journey surrounding schizophrenia awareness and research. With all of our combined efforts, we will change the way the world perceives this illness and we will advance the medical efforts of professionals in their search for a cure and effective medicines. Thank you again!

Do Your Part!

Do you know of a great schizophrenia resource out there? Let us know! Do you see a person in need inside the comments of this site? Lend them some advice or encouragement! Are you a graphic designer or artist? Show us your work and I'm sure we can find some way to include your skills here on the site. Are you a writer who would like to contribute to the site? Shoot us an email and we'll discuss it. This site is for all of us and excludes none of us. Contact us for any reason and get involved!

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Try This Quick Schizophrenia Mini-Quiz:

This is but a quick quiz to test your general knowledge of schizophrenia. If you would like to take the extended and in-depth quiz, venture over to our Schizophrenia Quiz page and see just how much you know! Try the Schizophrenia Test to gauge your symptom levels.

Schizophrenia Quiz Directions: Please select the correct answer for each question and then press the button below to grade your quiz.

1. What is the term for perceiving stimuli that doesn't exist?




2. Which is NOT a type of schizophrenia?




3. Which of the following is a symptom of schizophrenia?




4. How common is schizophrenia in the general population?




5. Who can diagnose a case of schizophrenia?




6. How can schizophrenia be treated?




7. Are the causes of schizophrenia genetic or environmental?




8. What is the most common age of onset?




9. Catatonia is categorized as what type of symptom?




10. Is Schiz Life the best website about schizophrenia?




 

Show me the answers!

 

Question 1: The correct answer is the Hallucination.
Question 2: The correct answer is Hyperlipid.
Question 3: The correct answer is All of the Above.
Question 4: The correct answer is 1%.
Question 5: The correct answer is A Doctor.
Question 6: The correct answer is All of the Above Should Be Used.
Question 7: The correct answer is Both.
Question 8: The correct answer is 25.
Question 9: The correct answer is Negative.
Question 10: The correct answer is DON'T BE A PARTY POOPER!.
You answered them all right! Good job! You know a little something about schizophrenia, don't you!

 

How To Use This Site

If you're brand new to this site, it might look overwhelming until you get a sense of where things are at.  Schiz Life is a content-based site, much like a newspaper or a magazine.  However, we focus strictly and solely on schizophrenia.  So where does all of this content reside?  We have decided to separate our articles into several categories, as described below:

Basics

This category will be of the most interest to those who wish to gain a very broad but shallower overview of the entirety of the academic view of schizophrenia.  We cover all of the topics you'd expect to find in an abnormal psychology text book here, and at a similar depth.  It is a great introduction to this illness and will guide you further along into deeper topics.

Knowledge

We cover various angles such as statistics, research, and more factually based views of schizophrenia and place them in this category.  One could say that it is almost a repository for article that don't fit into the other categories, but it is more than that.  Go check it to find out more!

Treatment

The name says it all.  This category of content covers all topics related to the treatment and prevention of schizophrenia and its relapses.  We've started with the empirically sound and scientifically backed methods first, but we intend to venture into more holistic and alternative therapies as well.  Without investigating all options, progress wont' be made, and so we do.

Symptoms

There are countless symptoms involved in schizophrenia. We cover them in depth in this category, including the positive (outward) and negative (inward) symptoms of every type of this disorder.  There is much to read here, so if a particular symptom is giving you or a loved one trouble, this is the place to go and learn more about it.

Coping

What use is all of this information when we simply don't feel good enough to read it and learn?  The category for coping provides many ideas that you can apply to your own life to help you maintain the best health possible, physically, psychologically, and spiritually.  Schizophrenia is a mental illness that some of us simply cannot escape, but we can learn to live with it, minimize its problematic aspects, and take advantage of some of the aspects it unlocks within us that others don't have!

Culture

Let's face it.  People are afraid of what they don't understand.  This category addresses the cultural issue of schizophrenia and it's impacts on the way we are treated or perceived by the masses.  It is up to us to represent ourselves in the best light and to combat the myths and misunderstandings that exist in the world concerning our plight.  Learn about these issues here and apply them in your lives!

Spectrum

There are other classifications of illnesses that are very closely related to schizophrenia.  The only differences might just be a research label actually, but we have found it useful to place these articles in a category of their own.  We deal with schizophreniform and psychosis disorders and their respective symptoms here.

Spirituality

While the medical community deals with schizophrenia as a psychological or physical disorder of the brain, those of us who actually experience it know it is much more.  It is a philosophical, spiritual, metaphysical, and mythological issue.  Coming to terms with this, confronting it, integrating it, and reconciling it leads to much higher functioning not only as an individual diagnosed with schizophrenia but as a member of society in general.  We have a deeper access to this aspect of life and have a great opportunity for learning and healing.

Artwork

Many of us past and present have chosen to express ourselves through the arts.  Whether this is painting and drawing, poetry, dancing, or any other artform, it is healthy and beautiful.  We are writing biographies, displaying artwork, and welcoming submissions from our own community to be included here in this category!  Please submit if you have something to share!

News

The internet has opened up the world.  There is a constant flow of news concerning our illness but you wouldn't know it by watching the television.  We cover new research topics, treatment modalities, and nationwide and worldwide coverage of schizophrenia or incidents related to it in this category!

Other Items

We have also included other items of interest throughout our website.  For instance, we are producing a series of infographics to help educate the public on this topic.  We also are collecting and reviewing books concerning the illness.  In addition, we have created a directory for the United States of all treatment facilities and hospitals that have staff that are trained to work with schizophrenia cases.  Please look around and find these sections and more.

Disclaimer

There is something that was slightly mentioned in the footer of the site, but that could be overlooked easily so we felt it was the responsible thing to do to create a large disclaimer to be displayed here on the homepage.  This has to do completely with safety.  Let us explain.

Individual Uniqueness

unique individualEvery individual on this planet is a unique person.  Even more so, those of us dealing with this special psychological difficulty are even more unique, if that makes sense.  On this site, we are talking about one of the most complex brain mysteries ever and it expresses itself through every person differently.  Every case is going to have it's own peculiarities and all we are able to do in the articles on the site is speak in generalities.  We invite anyone to leave appropriate comments and engage in discussion, however we can't take responsibility for their words.  Nor can we take responsibility for the actions of any individual or group who have at one time or another visited our website.

Always Consult a Medical Professional

medical professionalIf you find yourself in a situation where you're trying to learn more about your condition or are trying to cope through a moment of crisis, please do not act upon any of the information listed on this site, whether in the main content or comments, without first corroborating the accuracy of the info with a medical professional first.  Reach out to a general practitioner, psychiatrist, psychologist, or counselor.  Even then it's always helpful to have a second opinion from a separate professional as well.  Again, we must stress... always act with safety as the foremost concern, and this means consulting professionals before engaging in any practice intended to treat your condition.

Please Be Considerate About Delusions

delusion discussionWe understand that delusions can be very confusing and convincing.  We also understand that delusions can center around topics that simply are too philosophical to be proven wrong or correct and thus are tempting to explore in-depth.  We have no problem with this exploration as long as it is not harmful to those discussing it.  Please use your best discretion in this regard.  If the staff of Schiz Life step in and begin deleting comments or halting a conversation, please respect their decision and understand it is not personal.

Investigating delusions is encouraged.  Delusions are interesting due to their nature of being understood as strange and outside the norm of the culture of the experiencer, but there is a vast number of individuals visiting this site from many cultures.  There is a subtle difference between discussing these topics, and encouraging or trolling.  Please find that balance and abide by the above suggestions.

We also, under no circumstances, will tolerate anyone discussing or suggesting harming themselves or others.  Past-tense symptom discussion in this regard is fine, but nothing in the future tense will be allowed.

General Discussion Guidelines

We encourage discussion in the comments as much as possible and are looking into offering a forum and personal blogs as well.  In all of these mediums when carrying on conversation, there are some useful questions to ask yourself before posting that comment or response.

The main question to ask yourself is the following:

Is what I'm about to post going to help and support or will it further entrench illness and suffering?

Please consider this as you enjoy Schiz Life.  Try not to post angry or hurtful comments.  Try not to criticize or blame others.  Be as supportive, encouraging, and respecting as you can.  Accepting and negotiating differences is key to carrying on constructive conversation.

Remember, there is a real person on the other side of the screen.  It's easy to assume the other person is in a similar situation as yourself, but you don't know the extent of their emotions, symptoms, nor their age or even gender.

Let's Do This Together!

Let's have a supportive and comforting community where we all feel open and able to share as much as possible.  If you receive support from someone, please pay that forward and try to help out someone else.  If we all do this, we should all be okay!  Thank you for reading and enjoying this thing we are building together.

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