In this book, thirty-five young, recently diagnosed patients speak about schizophrenia and the process of recovery, while two specialists illuminate the medical science, psychoeducation, and therapeutic needs of those coping with the illness, as well as access to medical benefits and community resources. A remarkably inclusive guide, the volume informs patients, families, friends, and professionals, detailing the possible causes of schizophrenia, medications and side effects, the functioning of the brain, and the value of rehabilitation and other services. In their dialogues, participants confront shame, stigma, substance use, and relapse issues and the necessity of healthy eating, safe sex practices, and coping skills during recovery. Clinicians elaborate on the symptoms of schizophrenia, such as violent and suicidal thoughts, delusions, hallucinations, memory and concentration problems, trouble getting motivated or organized, and anxiety and mood disorders. Adopting an uplifting tone of manageability, the participants, authors, and clinicians of this volume offer more than advice--they prescribe hope.
Foreword to the Second Edition Foreword Introductory Note A Note on the Title Acknowledgments About the Authors Using This Book Introduction: So They Say We Have Schizophrenia 1. In the Beginning 2. So Many Questions: The Quick Reference Guide 3. How the Brain Works 4. What Is Schizophrenia? 5. Why Me? 6. Diagnosing Schizophrenia 7. What Will People Think of Me Now? 8. Medication 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. Getting the Social Services You Need 17.Vocational Rehabilitation Appendix 1. Client Assistance Program Directory Appendix 2. Vocational Rehabilitation Directory Appendix 3. Other Resources Index