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Understanding Schizophrenia: A Guide to the New Research on Causes and Treatment by R i c h a r d K e e f e a n d P h i l i p H a r v e y , ( T h e F r e e P r e s s , 1 9 9 4 ) The best description of research on schizophrenia as of 1994. It provides more depth and detail than Surviving Schizophrenia and is a little more difficult to read. A must for families that want to understand the science of schizophrenia.

How to Live with a Mentally Ill Person: A Handbook of Day-to-Day Strategies by Christine Adamec, (John Wiley and Sons, 1996)

  • This comprehensive, easy-to-read book is written by a parent.

  • It reviews methods for accepting the illness, dealing with life issues, developing

coping strategies, negotiating the mental health system, and more.

Books describing the Experience of Schizophrenia

Anguished Voices: Siblings and Adult Children of Persons with Psychiatric Disabilities by Rex Dickens and Diane Marsh, (Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, 1994)

  • Collection of 8 well-written articles which describe the impact of mental illness on siblings and children.

  • A poignant statement of the issues across the life span that need to be addressed when a person grows up with mental illness in the family.

Crazy Quilt by Jocelyn Riley, (William Morrow, 1984)

  • Fictional account of a 13-year-old girl whose mother has schizophrenia.

  • Written for children and adolescents.

  • Provides understanding for these forgotten individuals.

Is There No Place on Earth for Me? by Susan Sheehan, (Houghton-Mifflin, 1982)

  • A very realistic depiction of the experience of a schizophrenic woman is interwoven with information about legal, funding, and treatment issues.

  • Gives a good description of historical and political influences on the treatment of persons suffering from schizophrenia.

  • Won the Pulitzer Prize.

Tell Me I’m Here: One Family’s Experience with Schizophrenia by Ann Devesch, (Penquin, 1992)

  • Written by a United Nations Media Peace Prize winner and founder of Schizophrenia

Australia, this book describes her family’s experience.

The Quiet Room by Lori Schiller, (1994)

  • The life story of a person who had an almost full recovery from schizophrenia with


  • Great for its inspirational value.

  • Only one in a thousand clients recover to this degree.

The Skipping Stone: Ripple Effects of Mental Illness on the Family by Mona Wasow, (Science and Behavior Books, 1995)

  • Describes the impact of mental illness on each member of the family in a “Tower of


The Girl with the Crazy Brother by Betty Hyland, (Franklin Watts, 1986)

  • Written for adolescents by an Alliance for the Mentally Ill member.

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