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The Quiet Room: A Journey Out of the Torment of Madness Paperback – January 1, 1996
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At seventeen Lori Schiller was the perfect child - the only daughter of an affluent, close-knit family. Six years later she made her first suicide attempt, then wandered the streets of New York City dressed in ragged clothes, tormenting voices crying out in her mind. Lori Schiller had entered the horrifying world of full-blown schizophrenia. She began an ordeal of hospitalizations, halfway houses, relapses, more suicide attempts, and constant, withering despair. But against all odds, she survived. Now in this personal account, she tells how she did it, taking us not only into her own shattered world, but drawing on the words of the doctors who treated her and family members who suffered with her. Moving, harrowing, and ultimately uplifting, The Quiet Room is a classic testimony to the ravages of mental illness and the power of perseverance and courage. Washington Post Book World: "Fascinating... Undoubtedly will find a place in the cherished literature of first-person accounts of suffering and recovery."
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The Quiet Room held special fascination for me because I was one of he mental health workers on Lori's unit who participated in her restraints. I remember her well and fondly. Though even as a first hand witness to her sufferings at the hospital, her book revealed so many more dimensions of her experience that were entirely invisible, yet highly relevant.
A painfully accurate, but tremendously powerful story