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  • Book Review: Leave of Absence
    “It’s okay to feel frustrated for having to deal with this illness, but don’t hate yourself because of it. This illness is only a tiny part of you.” Self-hatred is the central battle for characters Oliver ...
  • Resources for Extraordinary Healing: Schizophrenia, Bipolar and Other Serious Mental Illnesses
    Though uneven, Resources for Extraordinary Healing: Schizophrenia, Bipolar and Other Serious Mental Illnesses by Emma Bragdon nevertheless offers some fascinating insights into mental wellness from a perspective not normally considered by the Western psychological community: ...
  • Rethinking Madness: Towards a Paradigm Shift In Our Understanding and Treatment of Psychosis
    If madness, or psychosis, is just a result of a physical defect in the brain, then it makes sense to devote little effort to understanding the experiences of mad people, and to focus instead on ...
  • January First: A Child’s Descent into Madness and Her Father’s Struggle to Save Her
    While riding in a car with her father, young Jani Schofield tells her dad, “I don’t want to go to the hospital, but I think I need to.” She is five years old. “Most three-year-olds are ...
  • Playing the Genetic Lottery
    In her first novel, Playing the Genetic Lottery, Terri Morgan tells the story of Caitlin Kane, a young woman whose parents and sibling suffer from schizophrenia. The novel is written as a sort of faux-memoir ...
  • When Truth Lies: A Journey with Schizophrenia
    The year is 1969, and Kevin has just graduated from high school. His classmates look forward to dates, parties, and college. Not Kevin. He sees Satan bugs crawl in and out of his body. He ...
  • Ben Behind His Voices: One Family’s Journey from the Chaos of Schizophrenia to Hope
    Ben Behind His Voices is an inspirational story about a family’s experience with schizophrenia. The focus of Randye Kaye’s book is on her son Ben, who struggled for many years with mental health and substance ...
  • What’s My Zip Code?
    When I first saw this book "What's My Zip Code?" by David Stringer, it was in download format and I wondered what exactly it would be about because it seemed like an odd title to ...
  • The Memory Palace: A Memoir
    We children of schizophrenics are the great secret-keepers, the ones who don’t want you to think anything is wrong (p. 5). Author Mira Bartok has encapsulated in this statement her life as the daughter of mentally ...
  • After Schizophrenia
    I was not sure what to expect when I first opened Margaret Hawkins’ After Schizophrenia. Memoirs about people suffering from mental illness are quite common these days and I was interested to see if the ...
  • What a Life Can Be
    In “What a Life Can Be: One Therapist’s Take on Schizo-Affective Disorder,” Carolyn Dobbins, PhD offers an insightful look into the evolution of a successful mental health professional with a challenging diagnosis:  schizo-affective disorder.  In an ...
  • Demons in the Age of Light: A Memoir of Psychosis and Recovery
    From the very first paragraph of Whitney Robinson's first book, Demons in the Age of Light: A Memoir of Psychosis and Recovery, her way with words is not only apparent, but glaringly so.  Reading further, ...
  • Silent Voices
    The book Silent Voices is an intriguing story about how a family dealt with mental illness and how a lack of support from professionals caused a family to endure tragedy that changed their lives forever. ...
  • The Psychopath Test: A Journey through the Madness Industry
    The Psychopath Test: A Journey through the Madness Industry by UK-based journalist Jon Ronson (famous for the book-turned-movie The Men Who Stare at Goats) starts out with a mystery. Someone has sent a bunch of ...
  • Madness Made Plain: Henry’s Demons
    Henry’s Demons is what madness is all about. Patrick Cockburn, war correspondent for The Independent in London, writes this book about another war -- the war against schizophrenia within his own son, Henry. Moreover, Henry ...
  • Psychiatric Tales: Eleven Graphic Stories About Mental Illness
    Before beginning a review of Psychiatric Tales: Eleven Graphic Stories About Mental Illness, this reviewer feels that it is necessary to disclose that it is the very first graphic novel she has ever read.  Keeping ...
  • My Schizophrenic Life: The Road to Recovery from Mental Illness
    Schizophrenia affects one percent of the world population.  It is indiscriminate of race, gender, status, and wealth.  Contrary to popular belief, schizophrenia is not multiple personalities -- that’s Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly Multiple Personality Disorder).  ...
  • Schizophrenia for Dummies
    Learning that a loved one has been diagnosed with schizophrenia can be extremely stressful and confusing. There can be many questions about the nature of the illness, treatment possibilities, and the prospects for recovery. Many ...
  • After Her Brain Broke: Helping My Daughter Recover Her Sanity
    As mental illness becomes less stigmatized, many individuals are coming out and sharing their experiences with a variety of disorders. The majority of books published on the topic are personal accounts of their struggles. Susan ...
  • Approaching Neverland: A Memoir of Epic Tragedy & Happily Ever After
    In the 1960s, when author Peggy Kennedy grew up, mental illness was a family secret. It was whispered about, handed off to hospitals, restrained, subjected to electroshock therapy and slews of sedatives and sent back ...
  • The Center Cannot Hold
    The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness A moving, telling memoir of Elyn Sak's profound battle with schizophrenia. It is an inspiring journey for family members or for anyone suffering from a schizophrenia-related disorder. Saks ...
  • Recovered, Not Cured: A Journey Through Schizophrenia
    Richard McLean has written a fascinating book on schizophrenia entitled, 'Recovered, Not Cured, a journey through schizophrenia', published by Allen and Unwin in 2003 in Australia. It has received a highly commended in the Human ...
  • Surviving Schizophrenia
    Surviving Schizophrenia: A Manual for Families, Consumers, and Providers Since its first publication in 1983, Surviving Schizophrenia has become the standard reference book on the disease and has helped thousands of patients, their families and mental ...