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Me, Myself, and Them: A Firsthand Account of One Young Person's Experience with Schizophrenia (Adolescent Mental Health Initiative) Hardcover – 8 Nov 2007

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  • Hardcover: 182 pages
  • Publisher: OUP USA; 1 edition (8 Nov. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019531123X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195311235
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 2 x 14.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,236,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"I strongly recommend this book to patients, families, clinicians and researchers interested in a first hand account of how schizophrenia changes the way the world looks, feels, and behaves. It is very moving and very informative. From compelling descriptions of changes in mood, cognition and perception to explanations about how the brain is affected and how drugs work, this brief but detailed personal statement and review of the state of the field is invaluable."--Daniel R. Weinberger, M.D., Director, Genes, Cognition and Psychosis Program IRP, NIMH, NIH"The authors provide a first rate resource for anyone whose life is touched by schizophrenia. Through solid, easy to understand language, the manuscript provides useful guidance for others coping with this disease. Highly recommended." --Ming Tsuang, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego"Me, Myself and Them: A Firsthand Account of One Young Person's Experience with Schizophrenia is a straightforward and marvelously lucid retelling of Kurt Snyder's battle with his demons. Not only does it show us the experience of psychosis, it also explains, in jargon-free language, what each element of that experience means. Compelling and eminently readable, a book like this ought to be required reading for all high school and college students, demystifying as it does an illness all too long shrouded in misunderstanding, confusion and fear."--Pamela Spiro Wagner, author of Divided Minds: Twin Sisters and Their Journey Through Schizophrenia"This beautifully told personal story provides an innovative platform for solid information about schizophrenia and its treatment. Highly informative to persons struggling with the onset of psychosis, and to families, friends, and mental health workers who struggle to understand and help."--WilliamT. Carpenter Jr., M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology, University of Maryland School of Medicine"Like a Sea World underwater view, Me, Myself, and Them provides a riveting peek into the world of schizophrenia for parents like me who yearn for understanding. For young people with schizophrenia, like our son, the book orients a frightening illness. For both families and persons with mental illness, this book is laced with hope, something in short supply in most other books."--Mindy Greiling, Minnesota State Representative and Executive Board Member, National Alliance on Mental Illness"The firsthand account is realistic."--Jim Greiling, diagnosed with schizophrenia at age 21, now 29 years old

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Kurt Snyder is a database administrator for the state of Maryland as well as president of his local volunteer fire department.Rachel Gur, MD, PhD, is Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where she has acted as Director of the Neuropsychiatry section and the Schizophrenia Research Center.Linda Wasmer Andrews is a freelance health and psychology writer based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is the coauthor of Monochrome Days: A Firsthand Account of One Teenager's Experience with Depression as well as the author or coauthor of numerous other books, including Stress Control for Peaceof Mind. Her writing has appeared in magazines such as Self, Parenting, and Psychology Today.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rambling rose on 5 Feb. 2014
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Interesting personal story giving insight into how a mind works and generates fear in a stressful situation. If unchecked, the imagination can get out of hand and lead to paranoia and chronic insomnia which in turn eventually leads to total breakdown.
This is only one part of the book. The rest is a rehash of psychiatry's traditional approach to what it calls schizophrenia. Nothing new there. Kurt Snyder has been well and truly brainwashed by his doctors in believing in the modern approach to psychosis and underplays the severity of the side effects psychiatric drugs can have as well as the stigma inflicted on those diagnosed with schizophrenia.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David Austin on 7 Mar. 2011
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Me, Myself, and Them is Kurt Snyder's own account of living with schizophrenia, an experience that began for him at the age of 18. But his account is supplemented by observations from an academic in the field of psychiatry, neurology and radiology (Raquel E Gur) and a journalist specialising in mental health issues (Linda Wasmer Andrews).

It is hard to find anything much to criticise in this book. If I have one very minor criticism, it is that more hasn't been done to address the issues of stigma and stereotyping in connection with schizophrenia. These issues are not ignored, but they are dealt with rather fleetingly towards the end of the book. My own feeling is that these are very important matters that should have been raised earlier and dealt with more thoroughly (but this doesn't stop me from giving the book a five-star rating).

As I see it, Me, Myself, and Them offers the reader two major benefits. First, it mixes personal experience with explanatory detail in a very readable way. Some of the background observations tend towards the technical, but they are offered in a straightforward and readily understandable way. The book also offers some guidance on legal and financial matters (for sufferers in the United States), thus adding another dimension to its more practical aspects. This book strikes the perfect balance between specialised medical description, advice for sufferers, ordinary everyday narrative, and emotional involvement.

Second, and perhaps more important, is the fact that this is a very positive, optimistic book. It clearly gives the message that schizophrenia is treatable. While it cannot actually be cured, substantial recovery is achievable.
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Quite a good book. some interesting comments on mental illness.
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Good read in simple language. Some useful information on schizophrenia experience and treatment. Liked the use of case studies.
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