Understanding Schizophrenia: A Practical Guide for Patients, Families, and Health Care Professionals

  • ISBN 9781440831508
  • Author: Reddy, Ravinder D., MD
  • Publ Date: 2015-09-15
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  • Binding: Hardback

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Written by two physicians with decades of clinical and research experience in the field, this volume helps readers face schizophrenia by understanding what it is and how it is managed.

Schizophrenia is a devastating illness that affects more than two million Americans. Written to help anyone who is faced with managing schizophrenia, whether as a patient, friend, or family member, this accessible book is an ideal first stop for practical, up-to-date information. It includes an overview of schizophrenic disorder and provides answers to common questions that arise at different phases of the illness.



This brief and to-the-point guide focuses on dealing with many aspects of schizophrenia-complying with treatment, managing crises, being a caregiver, communicating with the care team, and coping skills. The book also provides practical approaches to common issues, such as financial support, housing, employment, interacting with the legal system, stress management, socialization, and negative emotions. Included are useful forms, lists, and a comprehensive collection of resources to access help and information. The goal of this book is to assist patients and their loved ones to effectively face schizophrenia, achieve maximal recovery, and enjoy a good quality of life.









Provides a succinct, introductory guide to getting started on the road to understanding schizophrenia



Answers questions commonly asked at initial diagnosis and later, and explains facts and concepts using real-world examples and pictorial illustrations



Offers practical, evidence-based, and up-to-date information



Clarifies the nonmedical burdens of schizophrenia, such as loneliness, socialization, and coping with negative emotions



Presents an authoritative, reliable alternative to Internet sources that contain biased or inaccurate information



Helps those who are diagnosed with schizophrenia get the most out of their lives
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