Book: Schizophrenia: Understanding Symptoms Diagnosis & Treatment

Book Title:

Schizophrenia: Understanding Symptoms Diagnosis & Treatment [mental illness, schizophrenic, schizophrenia disorder] (schizoid, schizoaffective, schizophrenia paranoia).

Author(s): Anthony Wilkenson.

Year: 2014.

Edition: First (1st).

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.

Type(s): Paperback, Audiobook, and Kindle.

Synopsis:

Schizophrenia has become a recognised psychotic disorder in modern day psychology and research has shown that 1 in 100 people suffer from this disease in some proportion or degree. It is a dreaded disease and comes as a near death blow to those who are diagnosed with this condition. This fear does not necessarily arise from the scary disease it actually is, but various misconceptions, myths and misunderstanding that surround it. This disorder has been very thoroughly misunderstood and misrepresented. As a result, there is great confusion and stigma attached to it. This stigma, social pressure, and public opinion have made it very difficult to get the disorder diagnosed, treated or managed. Persons suffering from schizophrenia or under a risk of being affected by it are very insecure due to this public opinion. There has been so much talk about this psychotic disorder with little or no knowledge about it, that it has spread a rumour about the hopelessness and incurability of it. This book aims at spreading awareness and information about Schizophrenia and act as a guide for those who want to have a better understanding of this horrible condition.

Book: Fix What You Can

Book Title:

Fix What You Can: Schizophrenia and a Lawmaker’s Fight for Her Son.

Author(s): Mindy Greiling.

Year: 2020.

Edition: First (1st).

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press.

Type(s): Paperback, Audiobook, and Kindle.

Synopsis:

In his early twenties, Mindy Greiling’s son, Jim, was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder after experiencing delusions that demanded he kill his mother. At the time, and for more than a decade after, Greiling was a Minnesota state legislator who struggled, along with her husband, to navigate and improve the state’s inadequate mental health system. Fix What You Can is an illuminating and frank account of caring for a person with a mental illness, told by a parent and advocate.

Greiling describes challenges shared by many families, ranging from the practical (medication compliance, housing, employment) to the heartbreaking – suicide attempts, victimisation, and illicit drug use. Greiling confronts the reality that some people with serious mental illness may be dangerous and reminds us that medication works – if taken.

The book chronicles her efforts to pass legislation to address problems in the mental health system, including obstacles to parental access to information and insufficient funding for care and research. It also recounts Greiling’s painful memories of her grandmother, who was confined in an institution for twenty-three years – recollections that strengthen her determination that Jim’s treatment be more humane. Written with her son’s cooperation, Fix What You Can offers hard-won perspective, practical advice, and useful resources through a brave and personal story that takes the long view of what success means when coping with mental illness.

Book: Mental Health Emergencies

Book Title:

Mental Health Emergencies: A Guide to Recognising and Handling Mental Health Crises.

Author(s): Nick Benas and Michele Hart (LCSW).

Year: 2017.

Edition: First (1st).

Publisher: Hatherleigh Press.

Type(s): Paperback and Kindle.

Synopsis:

One in three people will deal with some kind of mental health concern during their lifetime and odds of knowing a loved one dealing with problems in mental health is even greater.

Mental Health First Aid is a comprehensive guide that provides an overview of the most common mental health problems as well as provide expert guidance on more serious problems such as self-injury, eating disorders, substance abuse, psychosis and attempted suicides.

Book: Way from Chaos to a Better Life

Book Title:

Way from Chaos to a Better Life: Developing Mental health and Recovering from a Mental Illness: By a Survivor’s Inside-Out Persepctive.

Author(s): Henri Kulm.

Year: 2020.

Edition: First (1st).

Publisher: Independently Published.

Type(s): Paperback and Kindle.

Synopsis:

My name is Henri. I was born in 1990 in the capital of Estonia, Tallinn and I have lived there my entire life. I have been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, mixed type. This means that I must cope with psychotic episodes and mood disturbances (symptoms of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder). I have been struck by the illness more seriously twice: the first blow was, when I was 22 years old, and the second one was, when I was 25 years old. I have gotten my education by finishing a bachelors and master's degree in energetics and now, I work full-timely in that area. I have gotten my training from Tallinn Mental Health Centre and Loov Ruum Koolitused OÜ to be a licensed experience counsellor and I have been involved in the following activities during my work at Tallinn Mental Health Centre: Individual and group counselling, sharing experience story, conducting trainings, representing organization in media. In the training process, I decided to write deeply about my experience recovering from a major mental illness and I want share that with you. Experience counsellor is a person, who has been diagnosed with a mental illness, but has recovered well. He/she can tell his/her experience with the illness from inside and share things, what a psychiatrist or a psychologist might not know. Because the speciality of the sufferers illness is different in every case, the experience counsellor does not give concrete advice, but encourages and supports basing on his/her experience. Despite the risk of possible negative attitudes from society, I wish to publish this book, because after my first psychotic episode and first treatment in the psychiatric hospital, I fell into the zero point of life. It took a lot of time and work to get out of that zero point and now, I can say that I am satisfied with my life. I have been able to live a full life, start and finish a master’s degree, work full timely in my area and be a licensed experience counsellor. I wish to help people with mental illnesses to recover from a mental illness, to re-establish life quality and develop mental health. I wish to show that recovery from a major mental illness is possible. This book might also be useful to people, who are mentally well, but wish to gain more insight of what a mental illness is all about. This book might also be useful to professionals of mental health.