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Diagnosis: Schizophrenia


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Foreword to the Second Edition Foreword Introductory Note A Note on the Title Acknowledgments About the Authors Using This Book Introduction: So They Say We Have Schizophrenia 1. In the Beginning 2. So Many Questions: The Quick Reference Guide 3. How the Brain Works 4. What Is Schizophrenia? 5. Why Me? 6. Diagnosing Schizophrenia 7. What Will People Think of Me Now? 8. Medication 9. Out of the Hospital and Staying Well 10. Coping with Positive and Negative Symptoms 11. Coping with Other Symptoms and Side Effects 12. Drugs, Alcohol, and Safer Sex 13. Under the Microscope 14. Zelda's Story 15.Who Am I Now? 16. Getting the Social Services You Need 17.Vocational Rehabilitation Appendix 1. Client Assistance Program Directory Appendix 2. Vocational Rehabilitation Directory Appendix 3. Other Resources Index

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Very approachable and offers practical advice on managing symptoms of schizophrenia on a day-to-day basis and in different aspects of life, much needed by people moving toward mental health recovery. -- Fang-pei Chen, Columbia University School of Social Work Diagnosis: Schizophrenia is packed with detailed information, incorporating new information on the brain, genetic issues, medication management, treatment, and coping with symptoms and problems. It is timely, relevant, and informative. No other book offers such comprehensive coverage in a style that intertwines stories with research. Social workers, counselors, physicians, nurses, psychologists, and students will especially find this volume valuable for its quick information that can be easily shared with patients and their families. -- Shelly A. Wiechelt, University of Maryland, School of Social Work

About the Author

Rachel Miller is a social worker for the National Institute of Mental Health, Child Psychiatry Branch, where she works with children with psychotic disorders and their families. From 1995 to 2007, she was the senior social worker for the first-episode of schizophrenia continuous care team at Zucker Hillside Hospital in New York. Susan E. Mason is professor of social work and sociology at Yeshiva University's Wurzweiler School of Social Work, where she teaches courses on psychiatric disorders. As a social work coordinator at Zucker Hillside Hospital, she managed clinical trials for people diagnosed with schizophrenia. She is a fellow at the New York Academy of Medicine and a senior education specialist and fellow for the New York State Social Work Education Consortium.


"These stories tell of experiences that all of us diagnosed with schizophrenia can relate to, so we don't feel so alone. And the more people know about their illness, the easier it is to cope with the symptoms and the more willing they will be to accept treatment, including medication. I wish I had this book when I first got sick." -- Tina, outpatient ...very important guide to schizophrenia... -- Daria Dibitonto Metapsychology

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