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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Chipmunkapublishing (1 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847470971
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847470973
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,791,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Manu147 on 15 July 2008
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I ordered Mr. Ellerby's book specifically because I thought by the description, it would be similar to the essay I had written. However, it is much different, and completely unique. Mr. Ellerby goes into great detail about what it is to be dillusional and paranoid to the point of being frozen in fear, even though a sane, rationale person can immediately tell there is no real danger. I recommend The Stages of Schizophrenia to anyone suffering through this diagnosis, or anyone who has a friend or relative suffering through it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Bailey on 1 Nov 2008
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This unique book is a delightfully candid and unassuming account of life with schizophrenia. Ellerby unravels the complexities of every aspect of living with this much misunderstood diagnosis. His insight is incomparable and will prove to be a valuable resource for anyone recently given the diagnosis of schizophrenia, their friends and family. For students, professionals and academics alike, this book will stand out as a ground-breaking individual account of the day-to-day experience of schizophrenia and the mental health system. Ellerby's work is a real treasure!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on 24 Oct 2012
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Mark Ellerby describes the experiences of schizophrenia and psychosis from a patients point of view, very vividly and compellingly. His first book mainly focuses on the experiences of acute psychosis itself, and is describes the phenomena that patients might go through in a first break. The following books continue the often times very personal description of common experiences in schizophrenia - from side effects of treatment to common emotions such as anxiety - and mix them with very insightful and more academic or philosophical discussions of the illness and its treatment. I recommend Mark's books to anyone genuinely interested in the live and experiences of schizophrenics, particularly in the UK, in our times.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vicky on 18 May 2011
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This book about schizophrenia was very interesting, both as giving an understanding of what the illness is and, like a novel, an intricate story of human experience and suffering. If like me you have no idea what the illness is this book is invaluble. It starts by giving an example of the symptoms of schizophrenia and then goes on to contextualise that understanding in the context of societies ignorance and prejudice about the condition. Then, as a story, the authors trajectory from onset of the illness, hospitalisation, community care and his route back into education are all narrated as a series of stages. There is hope here for others that this sort of pathway may be open to them. Very recommended book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ann Meegan on 20 April 2011
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Schizophrenia is an imponderable illness for anyone who has not experienced its bizarre and destructive symptoms, so having someone like Mark Ellerby, who is able to give a detailed account of what it is like to live with this mental illness on a daily basis, is indeed a fortunate thing. In The Stages of Schizophrenia, Parts 1, 2 and 3, he examines his schizophrenia with clarity and honesty, showing us a vulnerable man, who, like everyone has dreams, aspirations and hope for a future where his life will be productive, meaningful and shared with friends. Mark is aware of the effects of a stigmatising society and its impediments to employment, social acceptance and respect for the mentally ill. He discusses medications, treatments and the things that have helped him to cope with his schizophrenia: such as his continuing interest in study and writing. Through the three volumes of The Stages of Schizophrenia one is aware of Mark's developing understanding of his illness, the mental health system and the wider philosophical dialogues about psychiatric treatment. There is wisdom in his musings from which we can all learn. He tells us in Stages of Schizophrenia, Part 3 (p 134): We cannot know what a mental illness is unless we have experienced it ourselves. We cannot know its otherness. But we can all sympathise with fear and unhappiness and this should be enough to dispel stigma. Mark Ellerby offers us much to think about in these books and in doing so gives us hope that we too can look into ourselves and find meaning and purpose in spite of our mental illness.
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