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Surviving Schizophrenia Paperback – March 28, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0060842598 ISBN-10: 0060842598 Edition: 5th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 546 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 5 edition (March 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060842598
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060842598
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A comprehensive, realistic, and compassionate approach...Should be of tremendous value to anyone who must confront these questions.” (Psychology Times)

“Brilliant.... There is no one writing on psychology today whom I would rather read.” (Los Angeles Times)

“[Torrey] is comprehensive in his coverage of topics and thorough in his discussion.” (NAMI Advocate)

About the Author

E. Fuller Torrey, M.D., is a research psychiatrist specializing in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. He is the executive director of the Stanley Medical Research Institute, the founder of the Treatment Advocacy Center, a professor of psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and the author of twenty books. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland.

Customer Reviews

Well written and very informative.
TheUrbanRecluse
I highly recommend this book and have been passing it around to family members so they can gain a better understanding.
Kathryn
I have read several books and attended some NAMI "open" information presentations.
NBTT

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte A. Hu on February 27, 2007
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The difficulty with a lot of academic work is that it doesn't get to the root of the problem of living with a disease. This book has a wealth of critical information, not just about the medical developments and scientific understanding of mental illness, not just schitzophrenia, but touches on many different organic, chemical imbalances in the brain. More importantly, it talks about the weaknesses in the U.S. medical and welfare systems that present more difficult challenges for people who have physical or chemical imperfects in the body's most critical organ. It presents possible solutions to the difficulties of getting a solid diagnosis and correct treatment.

This is a great book for anyone interested in how the body and brain works. It is written in remarkably simple language, but covers everything from scientific explanations, research and development to social and political obstacles.

This should be a university text book for people studying psychology or psychiatry. If it were, the patients might receive better treatment.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn on July 12, 2010
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My son was diagnosed with schizophrenia and commited suicide. He was early in his diagnosis and we didn't have time to learn much about the illness as he kept many things hidden from us until the very end. This book has brought me so much help in my grieving process. Through the knowledge I've gained from this book, a lot of pieces have fallen into place. It doesn't make my pain any less, but it is comforting to have some questions answered regarding my sons behavior that I never associated with schizophrenia. I highly recommend this book and have been passing it around to family members so they can gain a better understanding. I wish my son would have been able to read it himself and see that there is hope. Even if you don't know anyone personally with schizophrenia I would recommend reading it just to gain a better understanding and compassion for those afflicted and their families.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Blunderbuss23 on August 22, 2007
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Torrey is so profoundly accurate in his writings on schizophrenia and manic depression that one can safely ignore authors who ridicule or reject his arguments. He's that good.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sabrina Green on July 8, 2013
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This book was so accurate. It helped me get a better understanding of what he goes through each minute of the day. It also, showed how we as a family can learn to cope with the difficulties of the disease. Even if our son is ot ready or maybe not willing to deal with the illness himself.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Monica on June 23, 2013
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This is the most informative and well-written (easy to understand) book about this most unfortunate disease that could strike any one or any family status society classifies themselves in this world. I believe it should be read in all school health classes throughout the U.S. And I totally agree with Dr. Torrey that all health providers, (even our elected Congress men and women) should be required to read this book because then "society" would think twice about making "judgments" toward families and patients that are stricken with this disease. After reading the patients' symptoms and what they experience, truly gave me a whole different perspective and heart-felt compassion for the patients and their families that are having to live with this disease. The best thing I learned and believe from "Surviving Schizophrenia", is that Dr. Torrey acknowledges that there is "hope" for this disease!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Giovann Dixon on October 25, 2013
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As I read through the publication I found much of what was being said to be interesting information. However being a person with schizophrenia I have found it to be more than overcritical. Sure there are several people that cannot function after being diagnosed with schizophrenia, but there are some who can resume a regular life. I am currently enrolled in college, associate with other people, drive, and carry on my life as regular. Though schizophrenia leaves a large shadow over my life, it is not good to give up hope of resuming life. Perhaps the authors point of view is of those with more serious symptoms, and such i feel it makes his publication inaccurate. When he said to give up hope, that is when he decided to put the book down. For truly in the case of schizophrenia one should never give up hope, for that may be the only thing they have to hold onto to!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By randy wilson on August 15, 2013
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Easy to understand, and gives quite an insight into my sons illness. I now understand more of what he is going through. A few chapters near the front were a bit clinical and hard to follow, otherwise book was great.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Thomas H. Pyle on August 18, 2011
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When families must navigate the maelstrom of mental illness, they need so much yet know so little. This is especially true of the world's most devastating mental illness, schizophrenia. The burdens it imposes on families and society are enormous--to say nothing, of course, of those loved ones whom it afflicts.

One of these burdens is acquiring the best information possible in the most expeditious manner from the most authoritative sources amidst the most confounding circumstances. When a family is flailing, there are precious few opportunities to exclaim, "Eureka!" Fortunately, such a chance comes to us (hopefully sooner rather than later in the journey) with E. Fuller Torrey's definitive Surviving Schizophrenia, a gold mine of useful and sympathetic information for all those who are traumatized by this most tragic and misunderstood illness.

Torrey thoroughly and accessibly covers all that that families need to know. He tells us what the illness is like for the sufferer. We learn about its causes, onset, and prognosis. He describes all aspects of its treatments. He details the rehabilitation of the illness, the major problems related to it, and how families can survive it. We are shown the dimensions of the illness, how it appears in the public eye, and a copious agenda of public policy issues for families to advocate. Torrey also tells us what we should not to know, or at least believe, namely, which theories and modalities are ineffective, incorrect, or outdated. He even provides us an annotated list of the best and worst books on schizophrenia, based on his own extensive research and experience in the field.

Surviving Schizophrenia is satisfyingly comprehensive.
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