Schizophrenia: self-help books

Surviving Schizophrenia: A Manual for Families, Consumers and Providers
Author E. Fuller Torrey, 2001.

'A comprehensive and well researched book on schizophrenia. Will help demystify the condition for the reader. Surviving Schizophrenia is a well organised book giving a thorough overview on the subject'.

Suitable for Carers
Review:
The chapters cover a wide range of topics which look at the condition from the perspective of the person affected, their families and health care professionals. The reader gets a definite feeling for this distressing illness and particularly the stigma that is still so often attached. Schizophrenia as a biological organic brain disorder is well described in the book. The author helps to debunk the many incorrect perceptions of the illness through well presented evidence-based medicine. A good overview is provided on what people affected and their families should expect from both the medical and non-medical aspects of care. The only limitation of the book is that it is reflective of the American health system which most applies to the discussion on hospital admissions in chapter 7, rehabilitation structure in chapter 9 and assisted treatment in chapters 10, 14 and 15.