Schizophrenia Library

  • 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 ...
  • New Pilot Program Tries to Help the Mentally Ill Quit Smoking
    I was shocked when I read this statistic in Melinda’s Beck top-notch column, “Health Journal,” in the Wall Street Journal: Nearly half of all the ...
  • 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).  ...
  • The Health Impact of Regular Marijuana Use
    A recent global review of marijuana (cannabis) suggests it has been used by one in 25 adults aged 15 to 64 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Pregnancy and Psychotropic Medications
    Pregnancy can be a challenging time for women with long-term mental disorders. While mental illness is common among women of childbearing age, it ...
  • Illuminating 13 Myths of Schizophrenia
    It’s safe to say that no mental disorder is more shrouded in mystery, misunderstanding and fear than schizophrenia. “The modern-day equivalent of leprosy” is how renowned research psychiatrist E. Fuller Torrey, M.D., refers to schizophrenia ...
  • Living with Schizophrenia
    “Your daughter has schizophrenia,” I told the woman. “Oh, my God, anything but that,” she replied. “Why couldn’t she have leukemia or some other ...
  • Schizophrenia Fact Sheet
    Speak the word “schizophrenia” and you’ll likely receive reactions peppered with misunderstanding and fear. The disorder is largely shrouded in myths, stereotypes and stigma. For instance, many equate schizophrenia with violence and criminals. But schizophrenia ...
  • Living with Schizoaffective Disorder, Part 3
    If You Think You're Mentally Ill If you feel you may be suffering from a mental illness, or could be in danger of doing so, I urge you in the strongest terms to seek the advice ...
  • Living with Schizoaffective Disorder, Part 2
    The Heebee-Jeebies Be careful when you wrestle with monsters, lest you thereby become one. For, if you stare long enough into the abyss, the abyss also stares into you. -- Friedrich Nietszche Now I ...
  • Living with Schizoaffective Disorder
    Being schizoaffective is like having manic depression and schizophrenia at the same time. It has a quality all its own though which is harder to pin down. Manic depression is characterized by a cycle of ...
  • What’s the Difference Between a Delusion and a Hallucination?
    Delusions are a symptom of some mental disorder, such as ...
  • 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 ...
  • Atypical Antipsychotics for Schizophrenia
    The most recent medications typically prescribed for schizophrenia include a class of drugs called "atypical antipsychotics." Atypical means they work in a manner that is significantly different than the previous class of antipsychotic medications. ...
  • Top 10 Signs of Schizophrenia
    Schizophrenia is characterized by a broad range of unusual behaviors that cause profound disruption in the lives of the patients suffering from the condition and in the lives of the people around them. Schizophrenia strikes ...
  • What is Depression if not a Mental Illness?
    Sometimes you might hear a person talking about mental disorders like depression or bipolar disorder without really understanding what they mean. What is depression? What is bipolar disorder? Why do we refer to ...
  • What Causes Schizophrenia?
    The causes of schizophrenia, like all mental disorders, are not completely understood or known at this time. There is no known single cause ...
  • Types of Schizophrenia
    The kinds of symptoms that are utilized to make a diagnosis of schizophrenia differ between affected people and may change from one year to the next within the same person as the disease progresses. Different ...
  • Symptoms of Schizophrenia
    The first signs of schizophrenia often appear as confusing, or even shocking, changes in behavior. Coping with the symptoms of schizophrenia can be especially difficult for family members who remember how involved or vivacious a ...
  • Side Effects of Medications for Schizophrenia
    Antipsychotic drugs, like virtually all medications, have unwanted effects along with their beneficial effects. During the early phases of drug treatment, patients may be troubled by side effects such as drowsiness, restlessness, muscle spasms, tremor, ...