Books on Schizophrenia

Cool guy

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Once schizophrenia hits you or anyone in your family, it’s a lifelong process to deal with.

My father in law was diagnosed with it 10 years ago, and it subsided 8 years ago but has resurfaced again. We thought we knew everything there was to know about this condition, but when it hit him again, we noticed it was not entirely like the first time: he was acting stranger. To be honest, we didn’t know what else to do but rely on the words of our trusted doctor, but then a friend recommended “Complete family guide to Schizophrenia”.

This was one of the biggest changing points of our lives because we started seeing it as a way to change our attitudes, as opposed to simply seeing it as a deadly illness. Apart from the basics of what the illness entails and the treatments, this book is awesome because it helps you change your mindset entirely, and helps you adopt a positive attitude towards anything. If you survive this, you can survive anything. Well written book!


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Schizophrenia is a very scary illness for both the patient and their family. When your family member has it, and you feel like there’s nothing you can do, one thing you CAN do is find out about the condition, and what you can do to make it easier for them.

The book, “Surviving Schizophrenia” is probably the best book on Schizophrenia I’ve read until now (read about 7 books)! Mostly because this gives you an overview of the patient’s life, but also lets you peek into the family’s perspective, which is refreshing (and very important to understand how you can help). Great read.

Sober Slap

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“Surviving Schizophrenia: A family manual” is definitely one of the best books to understand Schizophrenia at great depth. As a clinical supervisor, I found it very helpful but I don’t know if someone who is not experienced in the medical field to agree with this premise. Mostly because of its extensive technical language use (which may not be understood by all).

Nonetheless, it does have a lot of interesting topics, but if you’re looking to understand every part of it effectively, maybe go with “The complete family guide” as it makes use of simpler (easy to understand) language. A “schizophrenia for dummies” if you will (hope that doesn’t offend anyone).

Diamond girl

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I’m not sure I agree with people claiming that “Surviving schizophrenia” is the best book out there for understanding and treating this ailment.

Was it just me that thought this book promoted pill pushing? After reading the book, I took a good minute to reflect upon what I’d just read and honestly couldn’t find any part of it motivating at all. The author mostly says everything you want to hear, but at the end of it, just says, depend on pharma pills anyway! How is that helpful at all?

Pure wood

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If you guys haven’t already checked out, “Diagnosis: Schizophrenia” by Rachel Miller and Susan Mason, do that right now.

Literally one of the most emotional books on schizophrenia, life-changing experiences written by the patients themselves, backed up by two specialists on how to cope with the illness. It’s really something else to hear from the patients themselves who have battled with the ailment that it’s all going to be okay.

This is a great read even if you (or a family member) are not suffering from the condition.

Purse Stand

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I don’t know why no one has mentioned this book yet, but “I am not sick, I don’t need help” by Xavier Amador…simply inspired!

Probably one of the best reads of all time, but more importantly, very helpful for patients who don’t believe they are losing their mind. I bought this for my husband who was diagnosed with early stages of Schizophrenia and refused to believe there were any wrong signs.

This might sound crazy but once the patient knows they are sick and need help, somehow the healing process works much better (not sure if this is just the case with my husband, but yeah).


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If you have a child who has a bunch of mental illnesses, it’s probably best you read “Childhood Schizophrenia”. It’s weird because I thought this was something I’d never have to worry about. The common notion is that children cannot suffer from these illnesses, but this book helps you recognize possible symptoms early on, and we all know how important timing is!
@Slamming, couldn’t agree more with you that timing is of utmost importance, but so is relevant information. From what I can tell, the content in this book is highly outdated and doesn’t apply to our current lifestyles.

Before reading medical books it’s always best to get a medical professional to approve of it or get their recommendations on particular topics. If you are looking for a good read (applicable to children) you might want to give “When madness comes home” a spin.

It explains in depth particular scenarios about children as well. This, and “The skipping stone”. Both, brilliant reads. If you are willing to get a more thorough (yet easily understandable) grasp on the topic, from a holistic standpoint, might want to read, “The complete family guide to Schizophrenia”.

This one has the most acclaimed reviews on the family’s point of view, and what you can do (apart from the basics like what it is, the medication, etc).

Dino Turn

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If you’re a medical professional, there are multiple professional books on Schizophrenia that are written beautifully, but I would not recommend this for family members.

Given that most family members would want to be kept in the loop and would want to read up on the topic, I would recommend the book, “Surviving schizophrenia”. Definitely worth the read, and will give you a different viewpoint of the ailment. Remember: it’s crucial to keep a positive attitude throughout.