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Lost Years: A Personal Exploration of Schizophrenia by Christina
Alexandra, John Paul Brady "Christina
is a beautiful and gifted writer. The chapters are short and she
recalls the horrid experiences of her psychotic episodes, yet at
the same time, she tells stories of some aspects of the episodes
that in hindsight make you smile.
She is forthright and frank about her experiences with a man she
had been "in love" with. I am proud of this book because as a schizophrenic
myself, living in Pennsylvania, I'd always been led to assume that
schizophrenics are NOT beautiful and smart, but Christina proves
otherwise with her book. I would like to read more about Christina's
life experiences. I enjoyed reading words of someone who has gone
through similar experiences as I."
Years is that rarest of things--an articulate first person account
of life with schizophrenia. The author, Christina Alexandra, experiences
horror and delusions, but also unrequited infatuations (not unlike
us). Despite her illness, she manages to become a Philadelphia Eagles
cheerleader (or "Liberty-Belle"), as well as take courses at Cornell
University. Five Lost Years dispels a lot of stereotypes about severe
mental illness. For one, Ms. Alexandra is no dummy. Secondly, she
is actually quite glamorous (something not usually associated with
schizophrenia!). The book closes with an upbeat Christian message,
with the intricacies of her "witness" elaborated in the Afterward.
This book should be of interest to anyone (patient, doctor, or family)
associated with schizophrenia."
Schizophrenia: A Manual for Families, Consumers and Providers
This book "...was a Godsend, helping me to realize that mental
illness often strikes the most gifted, talented individuals. And
far from 'poor parenting,' families of the mentally ill often develop
extraordinary coping skills, such that they are more "together"
than families untouched by mental illness...the resources are excellent.
I highly recommend it to anyone who is even remotely interested
in this topic."
"A person I know who has schizophrenia told me that this book was
the best description of the disease he had ever seen."
"For families, consumers, and providers,.."this book..." is the
bible on almost every aspect of the disorder. Buy copies for yourself,
parents, children, friends, teachers, clergy, ...."
Revealed: From Neurons to Social Interaction by Michael
Foster Green "For clinicians trying to understand their patients
and for family members of people affected with schizophrenia, Green...discusses
the current understanding of the long-mysterious mental disorder,
particularly as revealed by neuroscience. He explains brain development
and neurocognitive deficits, the new generation of medication, recent
findings from brain imaging, genetics, cognitive rehabilitation,
and the determinants of functional outcome."
Schizophrenia : A Guide to the New Research on Causes and Treatment
by Richard S.E. Keefe, Philip D. Harvey "Two noted researchers provide
an accessible, timely guide to schizophrenia, discussing the nature
of the disease, recent advances in understanding brain structure
and function, and the latest psychological and drug treatments."
"Positives/novelties include various experiences with the illness,
told in form of stories, on different possibilities and courses
of the illness for different people, and the human suffering, and
comprehensive information on various aspects of the illness, and
where to get help, etc. It provided answers to some of my specific
questions such as the danger of violence from an ill person and
how drugs may contribute to the illness, which I haven't found in