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Book Review: Breakdown: A Clinician's Experience in a Broken System Book Review: Breakdown: A Clinician's Experience in a Broken SystemThere is no such thing as a perfect system and in the case of the mentally ill, nothing could be truer. The mentally ill face an uphill battle to secure appropriate services, avoid being caught up in the criminal justice system, and most of all, ...

Book Review: Mental Illness Is an Asshole: And Other Observations Book Review: Mental Illness Is an Asshole: And Other Observations“In a world where friends are assholes, parents are assholes, even adorable, little three-year-olds are assholes, there is no reason that psychological disorders get a pass,” writes Gabe Howard. Howard, who hosts The Psych Central Show podcast and writes for Psych Central on the topics of ...

Book Review: The Disordered Mind Book Review: The Disordered Mind“Self-awareness leads us to question who we are and why we exist,” writes Eric R. Kandel. Seeking answers to questions like this is what makes us human, but how do we explain how our consciousness arises from the physical matter that is our brain? In his new ...

Book Review: Insane Consequences Book Review: Insane ConsequencesI have read Insane Consequences: How the Mental Health Industry Fails the Mentally Ill a couple of times and am still contemplating it. It also inspired me to research further into how we treat the seriously mentally ill in America. In the book, author DJ Jaffe ...

Book Review: A Spectrum Approach to Mood Disorders Book Review: A Spectrum Approach to Mood DisordersJames Phelps’ new book, A Spectrum Approach to Mood Disorders: Not Fully Bipolar But Not Unipolar—Practical Management, is written for professionals, not laymen. I have some familiarity with bipolar disorder and its causes, symptoms, and treatments. However, I am not a professional and this book ...

Book Review: Icarus Redeemed: A Schizoaffective Story Book Review: Icarus Redeemed: A Schizoaffective StoryWhat does it mean to be in the throes of a manic episode? To succumb to paranoia and delusion? For those of us outside of that experience, it can be difficult to understand the lives of those dealing with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. In Icarus Redeemed, ...

Suspicious Minds: How Culture Shapes Madness Suspicious Minds: How Culture Shapes MadnessI was reading a different book when I decided to take a brief look at Suspicious Minds. It was so engaging, informative, and thoughtful, I ended up postponing the other book and diving into this one. Authors Joel Gold, a psychiatrist, and Ian Gold, a philosopher, are brothers. Joel ...

School Shooters: Understanding High School, College & Adult Perpetrators School Shooters: Understanding High School, College & Adult PerpetratorsIf we make assumptions about the type of person who becomes a school shooter, we may miss real warning signs. As Peter Langman writes in his new book, School Shooters: Understanding High School, College, and Adult Perpetrators, not all perpetrators are bullied. Not all of them are on the periphery of social peer groups, ...

The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through MadnessWhatever your image of an individual with schizophrenia, I am willing to bet it is not Elyn Saks. Perhaps you think of the malodorous woman who sits on a park bench mumbling to no one, her grocery cart of worldly possession at her side. Or, something closer ...

The Fog of Paranoia: A Sister's Journey through Her Brother's Schizophrenia When a loved one develops a mental illness, we sift through the sands of memory looking for clues. Running our hand through the fine grains, we examine past events, vague memories, comments made in passing. As we home in on a recollection, we ask ourselves: ...

Book Review: Leave of Absence “It’s okay to feel frustrated for having to deal with this illness, but don’t hate yourself because of it. This illness is only a tiny part of you.” Self-hatred is the central battle for characters Oliver and Penelope in Tanya J. Peterson’s heart-wrenching novel Leave of Absence. ...

Resources for Extraordinary Healing: Schizophrenia, Bipolar and Other Serious Mental Illnesses Though uneven, Resources for Extraordinary Healing: Schizophrenia, Bipolar and Other Serious Mental Illnesses by Emma Bragdon nevertheless offers some fascinating insights into mental wellness from a perspective not normally considered by the Western psychological community: that of spiritual and holistic health. The author discusses the ...

January First: A Child's Descent into Madness and Her Father's Struggle to Save Her While riding in a car with her father, young Jani Schofield tells her dad, “I don’t want to go to the hospital, but I think I need to.” She is five years old. “Most three-year-olds are in bed by now, but most three-year-olds are not geniuses ...

Rethinking Madness: Towards a Paradigm Shift In Our Understanding and Treatment of Psychosis If madness, or psychosis, is just a result of a physical defect in the brain, then it makes sense to devote little effort to understanding the experiences of mad people, and to focus instead on suppressing such experiences as much as possible. That’s what our ...

Playing the Genetic Lottery In her first novel, Playing the Genetic Lottery, Terri Morgan tells the story of Caitlin Kane, a young woman whose parents and sibling suffer from schizophrenia. The novel is written as a sort of faux-memoir by the main protagonist. The book does have its merits ...

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Grohol, J. (2019). Schizophrenia Book Reviews. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 12, 2019, from https://psychcentralreviews.com/schizophrenia-book-reviews/
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