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Surviving Schizophrenia, 6th Edition: A Family Manual by [Torrey, E. Fuller]
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“A comprehensive, realistic, and compassionate approach...Should be of tremendous value to anyone who must confront these questions.” (Psychology Times)

“Brilliant.... There is no one writing on psychology today whom I would rather read.” (Los Angeles Times)

“[Torrey] is comprehensive in his coverage of topics and thorough in his discussion.” (NAMI Advocate)

About the Author

E. Fuller Torrey, M.D., is a research psychiatrist specializing in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. He is the executive director of the Stanley Medical Research Institute, the founder of the Treatment Advocacy Center, a professor of psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and the author of twenty books. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1151 KB
  • Print Length: 515 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062268856
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks; 6 edition (27 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JOGB22Q
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #211,915 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A Superb book dealing with every aspect of this cruel disease which medics don't have the time to tell you. An absolute must if any member of your family or friends are diagnosed with schizophrenia. A must have family support manual.
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Mr Fuller stands in about the same relation to the 'mentally ill' as Bernard Matthews does to a turkey. Notorious for his grandiose pseudosecientifc gibberish, his desecration of the temple of justice through his despicable prevarications in court, his irresponsible promulgations about 'mental illness' (the repercussions of some of these still being felt today by patients even though he made some decades ago) and his perverse obsession with collecting brains, any credibility he had should have been decimated long ago. He is like a human receptacle for the preservation of all that is rotten about psychiatry.

This squalid rag of a book, this catalogue of the most ineffable quackery, is all about the verbal construct, schizophrenia, which Mr Fuller is in the habit of mistaking for a bona fide disease, even though you could only call it a disease if you were to do what organised psychiatry has done; namely, performing a heinous act of verbicide, semantic mutilation, with the concept of 'disease', according to the proper Virchowian criteria for establishing what should be accepted in the class of disease, safeguarding it against base political, moral and economic interests.

He claims, disingenuously, that this book was conceived in the darkness of despair. As he makes clear in the preface, this is a book for the families, not for the person supposedly afflicted. It is a long-winded, tendentious political tract reinforcing the myth of schizophrenia as a disease like any other disease for the glorification of this mala fide medical profession.

He uses some bizarre metaphors, vaguely applied, such as when he talks about bringing schizophrenia out of the 'Slough of Despond' and into the mainstream of American medicine. What unconscionable gibberish!
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5.0 out of 5 stars suicide survivor 13 July 2010
By Kathryn - Published on Amazon.com
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My son was diagnosed with schizophrenia and commited suicide. He was early in his diagnosis and we didn't have time to learn much about the illness as he kept many things hidden from us until the very end. This book has brought me so much help in my grieving process. Through the knowledge I've gained from this book, a lot of pieces have fallen into place. It doesn't make my pain any less, but it is comforting to have some questions answered regarding my sons behavior that I never associated with schizophrenia. I highly recommend this book and have been passing it around to family members so they can gain a better understanding. I wish my son would have been able to read it himself and see that there is hope. Even if you don't know anyone personally with schizophrenia I would recommend reading it just to gain a better understanding and compassion for those afflicted and their families.
50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A human look at personally debilitating disease 27 Feb. 2007
By Charlotte A. Hu - Published on Amazon.com
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The difficulty with a lot of academic work is that it doesn't get to the root of the problem of living with a disease. This book has a wealth of critical information, not just about the medical developments and scientific understanding of mental illness, not just schitzophrenia, but touches on many different organic, chemical imbalances in the brain. More importantly, it talks about the weaknesses in the U.S. medical and welfare systems that present more difficult challenges for people who have physical or chemical imperfects in the body's most critical organ. It presents possible solutions to the difficulties of getting a solid diagnosis and correct treatment.

This is a great book for anyone interested in how the body and brain works. It is written in remarkably simple language, but covers everything from scientific explanations, research and development to social and political obstacles.

This should be a university text book for people studying psychology or psychiatry. If it were, the patients might receive better treatment.
75 of 82 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars From a patients point of view 26 Oct. 2013
By Giovann Dixon - Published on Amazon.com
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As I read through the publication I found much of what was being said to be interesting information. However being a person with schizophrenia I have found it to be more than overcritical. Sure there are several people that cannot function after being diagnosed with schizophrenia, but there are some who can resume a regular life. I am currently enrolled in college, associate with other people, drive, and carry on my life as regular. Though schizophrenia leaves a large shadow over my life, it is not good to give up hope of resuming life. Perhaps the authors point of view is of those with more serious symptoms, and such i feel it makes his publication inaccurate. When he said to give up hope, that is when he decided to put the book down. For truly in the case of schizophrenia one should never give up hope, for that may be the only thing they have to hold onto to!
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Introduction to Schizophrenia Treatment 30 Mar. 2014
By Christina Bruni - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a good overview of the treatment of schizophrenia.

I couldn't give it five stars only because I agree with the other reviewer that E. Fuller Torrey isn't hopeful that a lot of people diagnosed with schizophrenia can completely recover. He quotes research that claims 25 percent recover completely without medication and 25 percent are much improved relatively independent. This doesn't inspire hope for individuals who need to take medication in order to recover or be in remission. This technicality prevents me from giving the Torrey book 5 stars.

It's true that individuals who have recovered with the aid of medication have gone on to become CEOs, executives, social workers and other professionals.

The anti-psychiatry reviewers appear not to have read the Torrey book closely. In it, he states that if a person is doing well it's possible to discontinue the medication to see if he is one of the 25 percent that doesn't need medication. Torrey has stated this ever since the first edition of Surviving Schizophrenia.

This overview of the treatment of schizophrenia should be read by everyone directly affected by this illness. I prefer it to the other books on the topic because it goes into detail about symptoms, how to diagnose, theories of causes, medication and resources that are helpful and resources that should be avoided.

Anyone who claims schizophrenia is not a real illness most likely hasn't experienced the hell of all-too-real symptoms or watched in heartache as they lost a loved one to this illness.

For those of us in these camps there's no better guide than Surviving Schizophrenia, 6th edition.

Just remember to take with a grain of salt Torrey's claim that most people can't recover. Individuals can recover with the right medication and it's possible to not have side effects from the medication.

The medications might cause side effects yet not everyone experiences side effects. Often side effects might be stopped with a change in dose time or other change so it's worth consulting with your doctor on this. Torrey goes into detail about the drugs used to treat the illness and this is one of the best benefits of the book.

Again: Surviving Schizophrenia, 6th edition is a must-read for everyone directly affected by this illness. Torrey is right-on when he tells you what books and resources to avoid. He knows what he's talking about and he speaks from experience as one of the leading experts in the field. He has been publishing Surviving Schizophrenia since 1983.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The chartbook for sailing schizophrenia's stormy seas 18 Aug. 2011
By Thomas H. Pyle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
When families must navigate the maelstrom of mental illness, they need so much yet know so little. This is especially true of the world's most devastating mental illness, schizophrenia. The burdens it imposes on families and society are enormous--to say nothing, of course, of those loved ones whom it afflicts.

One of these burdens is acquiring the best information possible in the most expeditious manner from the most authoritative sources amidst the most confounding circumstances. When a family is flailing, there are precious few opportunities to exclaim, "Eureka!" Fortunately, such a chance comes to us (hopefully sooner rather than later in the journey) with E. Fuller Torrey's definitive Surviving Schizophrenia, a gold mine of useful and sympathetic information for all those who are traumatized by this most tragic and misunderstood illness.

Torrey thoroughly and accessibly covers all that that families need to know. He tells us what the illness is like for the sufferer. We learn about its causes, onset, and prognosis. He describes all aspects of its treatments. He details the rehabilitation of the illness, the major problems related to it, and how families can survive it. We are shown the dimensions of the illness, how it appears in the public eye, and a copious agenda of public policy issues for families to advocate. Torrey also tells us what we should not to know, or at least believe, namely, which theories and modalities are ineffective, incorrect, or outdated. He even provides us an annotated list of the best and worst books on schizophrenia, based on his own extensive research and experience in the field.

Surviving Schizophrenia is satisfyingly comprehensive. Perplexed family members will feel relieved that it contains nearly all they need to chart their own psychodysseys better. The book is also reassuringly authoritative. A family member himself whose sister had schizophrenia, Torrey knows the subject cold, down to the smallest detail. He is not shy about debating and debunking any whom he feels hew to unscientific and politically correct beliefs about schizophrenia that actually do damage to families and their loved ones. He reserves particular opprobrium for the likes of Thomas Szasz, R. D. Laing, Peter Breggin, Gregory Bateson, Loren Mosher, Ken Kesey, Erving Goffman, the Bazelton Law Center, and the ACLU for what Torrey believes are misguided and fanciful, but ultimately dangerous and even inhumane, notions about this serious illness.

For all encountering schizophrenia, Surviving Schizophrenia is the ultimate go-to "bible book". It lifts the clouds of ignorance. It settles the turbulence of anxiety, fear, stigma, and frustration. It helps traumatized families begin to chart a navigable course through their maelstroms. All families who must learn how to sail the stormy seas of schizophrenia should start with this indispensable sojourner's manual.
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