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I Am Not Sick I Don't Need Help! by Xavier Amador, Anna-Lica, Phd. Johanson FIVE STAR Book with "A must read for families of the mentally ill, Xavier Amador has performed a tremendous service for families and therapists by translating the research on insight into mental illness into a highly readable and very practical book. Family members and therapists who read this will find their frustration with a "non-compliant" consumer melting away to be replaced with empathy and compassion, qualities that will enable them to begin laying the groundwork for a cooperative relationship with their loved one/client. Step-by-step methods for developing that relationship are clearly laid out, making this one of the most helpful, hopeful books to come along in a long time for those who treat or live with a mentally ill person.
I Am Not Sick...adds to the number of excellent books written for families of the mentally ill, and, in my opinion, tops the list. I just wish it had been available 20 years ago when my sister became ill. I am convinced that she would be much better off today if we had had access to this information."

The Outsider : A Journey Into my Father's Struggle with Madness by Nathaniel Lachenmeyer Written by the son of a man with schizophrenia. Though he had been estranged from his father for many years, after his death the son began to explore his father's life. An excellent read.
"It opened many new doors for me as far as understanding the disease more. My step-father's brother has the disease. I've always wanted to have at least a small understanding of his behaviour. Thank God I was able to get a hold of this book. Not only does it tell the sad story of a man spinning downward (yet still holding his head high no matter how adverse his environment becomes) but it gives the reader a great understanding of the disease and statistics surrounding it as well. I still cannot get over how he was near death by starvation yet they held his SSI money. And it has to be mentioned when Charles Lachenmeyer was asked if he thought he were mentally ill, he stated that his mental illness was 'love of life and humanity.' Truly amazing!"

Coping With Schizophrenia : A Guide for Families by Kim Tornval Mueser
Excellent book that every family should have. Doesn't leave anything out. The back cover says it the best. "...provides a complete overview of the illness, a clear explanation of the treatment choices, and a guide to resources for families.

This book offer extraordinary practical support. It's the first book to provide detailed, step-by-step help for people close to someone who suffers from schizophrenia. It features strategies for coping with day-to-day issues such as:

  • Preventing relapses and other crises

  • Managing stress

  • Overcoming alcohol and drug abuse

  • Dealing with depression and anxiety

  • Regulating medication
  • Finding community resources
  • Establishing household rules 
  • Improving quality of life

extremely helpful strategies for coping with Schizophrenia  
Reviewer: A reader from Jerusalem, Israel
"Extremely helpful strategies for coping with Schizophrenia in the family. As a Social Work student in Jerusalem doing an internship with a population suffering from Schizophrenia, I found this book provided excellent strategies for the families who must cope with acute or cronic attacks of Schizophrenia within their families. It also provides concise, up to date information and research on causes and treatments of Schizophrenia. I was also impressed with the organization and clarity of the presentation providing a wealth of information and coping strategies in a simple and easy to understand way. I highly recommend this book for the therapist and layman alike."

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