By Rachel Miller, Susan Elizabeth Mason
A different booklet written via and for sufferers with schizophrenia, with contributions via psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, social staff, and psychiatric rehabilitation employees. prognosis: Schizophrenia is meant to improve and enhance the certainty of this affliction, and to provide instruments for sufferers, their households, and those that supply therapy. Chapters 1 via 15 comprise own tales of sufferers with schizophrenia, detailing their own reviews with the 1st onset of the disorder and dealing with signs. different chapters supply details on drugs, social companies, and rehabilitation prone.
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I wouldn’t take the other medication. I just never liked it. When I went to group, I learned a lot about my illness, and I started taking my medicine regularly. I got better. Meredith Three years ago I started becoming very emotional and crying a lot. I would cry often; I’d also feel high and very happy. I always thought that was the way I was naturally, but it was to the extreme. I started having strange thoughts, like the end of the world was coming. I started feeling things like heartbeats in my stomach, and I thought I was pregnant with Jesus Christ.
We want to explain that the symptoms are part of the illness—they have nothing to do with the kind of person who has the illness. • We want to show that people with schizophrenia do get better— there is hope. • We want to show that having schizophrenia does not mean you will hurt other people. • So many people have helped us; we want to do our part to help others. This is our story. We hope it helps. indb 3 9/26/10 8:09 PM introduction: so they say we have schizophrenia 4 Alexis Genevive Marcus Sasha Amber Ilan Mark Sharon Audrey Jackie Meredith Smokey Beaux James Mike Thomas Ben Jeff Patrick Van Beth Joseph Richie Vanessa Buck Laurie Roman Zelda We have been studying the first episode of schizophrenia at our research center for nearly thirty years, and we have learned a lot.
You will also find more information in the chapters that follow. D. D. indb 19 9/26/10 8:09 PM s o m a n y q u e s t i o n s : t h e q u i c k r e f e r e n c e GUIDE 20 S A S H A : I came from a dysfunctional family. All my life I was transferred from one foster home to another and in and out of institutions. I didn’t know my mother when I was young. I lived in an institution run by nuns until I was seven. Now I am a 35-year-old woman with a 7-year-old son. I was a corrections officer making $40,000 a year.