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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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,909 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
Just started the book, however good reading so far.
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32 of 34 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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22 of 23 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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27 of 30 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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7 of 8 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mental Health Expert on February 5, 2014
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Surviving Schizophrenia is the best, most informative book there is on schizophrenia. Dr. Torrey brilliantly interlaced quotes by people with schizophrenia with the science and his own experience as a researcher, family member, and advocate to create a passionate and fact packed perfectly titled book for families of those with schizophrenia and people with schizophrenia. It should also be read by everyone who works in mental health or claims to be a mental health advocate. It will help them understand what serious mental illness is and why we should stop ignoring it.

And to this mix, he adds massive amounts of good common sense advice: "Some people are afraid to ask about suicidal behavior because they fear it will put the idea into the persons head. This is not true and often the person is relieved to be able to talk about suicidal thoughts and plans" "Withdrawal is often used as a means for coping with the internal chaos in the patient's brain and is an appropriate response. Family members should remind themselves not to take such withdrawal as a personal rejection, but should keep themselves available". "It should always be remembered that that the behavior of persons with schizophrenia is internally logical and rational; they do things for reasons that, given their own disordered senses and thinking make sense to them."

After noting that relapse is most often associated with not getting enough medication, Dr. Torrey writes, "For this reason I give many patients an extra supply of medications and allow them to increase it on their own if they feel that they need it. Physicians do this all the time with patients with diabetes who may need more insulin on some days and less on other days, and I find the same principle useful in schizophrenia.
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