1: What is schizophrenia?
2: What are the symptoms of schizophrenia?
3: How is schizophrenia diagnosed?
4: What is not schizophrenia?
5: How common is schizophrenia?
6: Is schizophrenia inherited?
7: How does the environment in?uence schizophrenia?
8: Is schizophrenia a brain disorder?
9: Is schizophrenia a neurodevelopmental disorder?
10: How is schizophrenia treated?
11: What courses and outcomes are possible in schizophrenia?
12: How can affected individuals and their families cope with schizophrenia?
Appendix 1: List of family and patient support groups
Appendix 2: Accessing clinical trials and research studies
Schizophrenia is one of the most traumatic psychiatric disorders, both for the affected person and their family. It also carries an unfortunate stigma and suffers from frequent misinterpretation by the popular media. The disorder usually manifests itself through significant periods of hallucinations, bizarre delusions, and disorganized behaviour, but the individuals who suffer from this brain disorder are not generally violent, and do have periods of remission. However it is often difficult for these individuals to maintain a regular lifestyle and relationships at home and at work, and many individuals with schizophrenia end up unable to live independently or, worse, homeless.
This new edition in the popular Facts series provides a concise and up-to-date account of the underlying causes and symptoms of schizophrenia, as well as current theories about the disorder. The authors look at all the current treatment options, both medical and psychological, together with likely side-effects and the problem of compliance with treatment. The role of the family and the community in caring for individuals with schizophrenia is also considered. The authors are experienced psychiatrists and psychologists with many years' experience in the treatment and study of schizophrenia. This book will provide a welcome source of information for individuals with schizophrenia, their family members, and those involved in caring for them.
- Endorsed by the National Alliance on Mental Illness New York State (NAMI-NYS)
- Provides a comprehensive and clearly written guide to the causes, symptoms, and available treatments for people suffering from schizophrenia
- Presents an accessible and jargon-free introduction that can be used by persons affected with schizophrenia, relatives, close friends, and caregivers, as well as professionals in the mental health field
- Written from a practical standpoint to help affected persons understand and cope with the illness
- Includes Key Point boxes at the start of each chapter to quickly summarize important concepts covered in the text
- Recommended for use by students studying psychology
New to this Edition:
- Includes recent changes in criteria to the major American diagnostic system for identifying schizophrenia
- Updated to reflect current scientific developments, especially with regard to genetics and neurobiology
- Offers more guidance around understanding the medical literature that informs the book
- New figures and tables added to support understanding
Stephen J. Glatt, Director of the Psychiatric Genetic Epidemiology & Neurobiology Laboratory (PsychGENe Lab), Associate Director of Psychiatry Research and Associate Professor, Departments of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Neuroscience & Physiology, and Public Health & Preventive Medicine, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY, USA., Stephen V. Faraone, Distinguished Professor of the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Department of Neuroscience & Physiology, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY, USA, Senior Scientific Advisor, Pediatric Psychopharmacology Research Program, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA, and Lecturer, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA, and Ming T. Tsuang, Lewis Judd Chair in Behavioral Genomics, Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychiatry, and Director of the Center for Behavioral Genomics, Institute of Genomic Medicine, University of California, San Diego, CA, USA