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Surviving Schizophrenia 5th Edition

4.4 out of 5 stars 110 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0060842598
ISBN-10: 0060842598
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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.

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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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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This book is a good overview of the treatment of schizophrenia.

I couldn't give it five stars only because I agree with the other reviewer that E. Fuller Torrey isn't hopeful that a lot of people diagnosed with schizophrenia can completely recover. He quotes research that claims 25 percent recover completely without medication and 25 percent are much improved relatively independent. This doesn't inspire hope for individuals who need to take medication in order to recover or be in remission. This technicality prevents me from giving the Torrey book 5 stars.

It's true that individuals who have recovered with the aid of medication have gone on to become CEOs, executives, social workers and other professionals.

The anti-psychiatry reviewers appear not to have read the Torrey book closely. In it, he states that if a person is doing well it's possible to discontinue the medication to see if he is one of the 25 percent that doesn't need medication. Torrey has stated this ever since the first edition of Surviving Schizophrenia.

This overview of the treatment of schizophrenia should be read by everyone directly affected by this illness. I prefer it to the other books on the topic because it goes into detail about symptoms, how to diagnose, theories of causes, medication and resources that are helpful and resources that should be avoided.

Anyone who claims schizophrenia is not a real illness most likely hasn't experienced the hell of all-too-real symptoms or watched in heartache as they lost a loved one to this illness.

For those of us in these camps there's no better guide than Surviving Schizophrenia, 6th edition.

Just remember to take with a grain of salt Torrey's claim that most people can't recover.
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I have three members of my family who have suffered from the illness including my older brother who was treated at Meningers. The data seems very good and the advice based on concern and common sense. I only regret not reading it sooner. There are also lots of references for further reading.
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This is the best book on schizophrenia that I have read. This book provides a great deal of detail on the topic and explains a lot of things that family members have to deal with. It does not really provide a lot of major solutions to the problems that the family is likely to deal with, but does provide a great deal of insight into the problems. It is written in a fashion that is easy to read and very helpful. I would recommend it to anyone.
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