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.
Family Psychoeducation Toolkit