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A Road Back from Schizophrenia: A Memoir Hardcover – 7 Feb 2013

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (7 Feb 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616088710
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616088712
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 14.7 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 185,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Drawing on her own terrifying experiences to address the carefully constructed definitions and understandings of the disorder, [Lauveng] challenges some entrenched ideas about schizophrenia, especially the idea that she had to live with her condition for her entire life, and she deconstructs and examines in different combinations the ideas of how it affects different individuals. Emphasizing a personal approach to clients is not unique to Lauveng, but this chronicle of her specific experiences carries extra weight. --Kirkus Reviews

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A gripping memoir that challenges our perceptions and understanding of schizophrenia.

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This is very good as a description of the experience. It is first-hand, not from an external observer. But also further, the author is a professional and draws useful conclusions.
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A Voice for Sanity in Addressing Madness 18 Oct 2013
By Nancy McWilliams - Published on Amazon.com
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It's common in this era to think of schizophrenia as an incurable brain disease. But many people come back from psychosis. Arnhild Lauveng, an experienced psychologist whose work speaks eloquently to both professional and nonprofessional readers, is one of the most articulate voices among those who have recovered. Her story is a powerful argument for providing psychotherapy and support, not just medication and management, to those who have suffered the most extreme psychotic terrors.
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autobiographical account of psychosis 27 Sep 2013
By Michael Garrett - Published on Amazon.com
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deeply moving. stunning account by a brilliant, courageous person who despite having been consigned as a young adult to live out her days in a nursing home with a diagnosis of 'schizophrenia,' through her own determination, with the help of a therapist, fought her way back to a productive life. you will never think the same way about 'schizophrenia' again after reading this book
Approachable Memoir 14 Nov 2014
By Peter Baklava - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book goes a good distance toward demystifying schizophrenia. It's written in an approachable style by a woman (Arnhild Lauveng) who has been both a psychiatric patient and a professional psychologist.

Lauveng is particularly strong at making a case for patients. She accurately depicts the mistakes that institutions and their staff can make in interpreting and engaging with patient's behavior, and offers alternative solutions. As a patient, Lauveng was subjected to isolation and frequently strapped into a bed. She saw firsthand how doctors and staff can stereotype patients by rigidly adhering to the clinical attitudes with which they have been indoctrinated, and not really seeing the patient as a human being.

Lauveng's weakness may be in employing too many pat metaphors for the symptoms of schizophrenia. She is surrounded by "fog", haunted by the voices of "The Captain", and she claims that she sees "wolves" prowling in the hallways. These descriptions may not be entirely helpful. But she nevertheless succeeds at showing that schizophrenia covers a large spectrum of symptoms and behaviors, and she employs interesting literary allusions---the folk tale of "Askeladden", and Soren Kierkegaard's "stages of awareness"-- to illustrate her life dilemmas. The author clearly is an intelligent and perceptive person.

At 168 pages, this book is a quick and entertaining read which should be of interest to anyone who has been a mental patient, or who is close to someone who has been diagnosed with a mental illness. No miracle cures are offered, but a rational form of encouragement and hope is proffered.
A beautiful book. 18 April 2014
By KReader - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book after reading a copy from the local library. The missing star is for a few, very minor flaws in the translation. The writer was treated for and recovered from schizophrenia. It's a beautiful, humane book. The author sees deeply and clearly that people experiencing this devastating illness are human beings first and need to be cared for and treated well. Her own recovery is nearly complete, but she understands the vast spectrum of functioning and possible outcomes. She provides testament that all people, no matter how debilitating their suffering, need to be treated as full human beings not patients or diagnoses. If you live in the United States and are confronted by the lack of mental illness care [no longer a system, but a huge series of chasmic cracks for people with illness to fall through into prison and homelessness], it will break your heart to see the level of services for people with mental illness available in other countries. Why aren't we helping people with mental illness live their best lives here in the United States? It is good to see that so much more is possible and does happen.
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Rare insight 2 Oct 2013
By jeridavis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
What is it like to be lost in the world of schizophrenia? The jacketed paragraph will touch you so profoundly that you realize only someone who has been there can articulate such an insightful narrative.
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