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Living with schizophrenia : a family guide to making a difference / Jeffrey Rado, MD,, and Philip G. Janicak, MD.
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9781421421438
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Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, [2016]
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ix, 128 pages ; 22cm.
Contents:
What is schizophrenia? -- What causes schizophrenia? -- Biological therapies for schizophrenia -- Psychosocial and behavioral treatments for schizophrenia -- Staying well -- Schizophrenia and the family -- Medical conditions and schizophrenia -- Looking to the future.
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An estimated 51 million people worldwide have schizophrenia, 2.2 million of them in the United States. While early diagnosis and appropriate treatment improve the long-term prognosis, schizophrenia is a disease that is difficult to manage.

In Living with Schizophrenia , Drs. Jeffrey Rado and Philip G. Janicak, specialists in treating people who have schizophrenia, offer an easy-to-read primer for people with the disorder, along with their families and other caregivers. Drawing on their combined sixty years of clinical and research experience, Drs. Rado and Janicak

#65533; define schizophrenia and explain what is known about its causes
#65533; discuss the difference between negative symptoms (such as lack of emotion and social withdrawal) and positive symptoms (such as hallucinations, delusions, and thought disorders)
#65533; describe medication and psychosocial and behavioral treatments--and the importance of early diagnosis and treatment for better long-term outcomes
#65533; explain what people with schizophrenia and their families can do to help keep the person well
#65533; explore how schizophrenia affects the entire family
#65533; detail medical conditions that people with schizophrenia are more likely than other people to have--including heart disease, obesity, and diabetes
#65533; offer key takeaway points for every topic

Designed for the lay reader and based on the most recent medical literature, Living with Schizophrenia offers information and understanding to help people coping with this often misunderstood disorder to best achieve recovery and healing.


Author Notes

Jeffrey Rado, MD, is a board-certified internist and psychiatrist. He is an associate professor of psychiatry and internal medicine at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine.
Philip G. Janicak, MD, is the director of the Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Center at Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare. An adjunct professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, he is the first editor of Schizophrenia: Recent Advances in Diagnosis and Treatment.


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Library Journal Review

Rado and Janicak (both, Northwestern Univ. Feinberg Sch. of Medicine) state that their goal with this guide is "to -present information in plain English" to both schizophrenic patients and their family members. This leads to two obvious criteria: Is the information useful and accurate? Is it in plain English? For the latter, while the book has useful chapter -summaries and bullet points, the reading comprehension level needed is considerably higher than that needed to read a local newspaper. While medical terms are (mostly) defined when used initially, they are thereafter strewn about liberally. Overall, the text seems too dense for general readers. As for the first question, while the work includes useful information on available medications and their side effects and on the physical illnesses to which the schizophrenic population is prone, the social and legal implications are ignored. In the real world, where many schizophrenics are completely untreated, talk of "your treatment team" is just laughable. VERDICT Maybe a good choice for highly educated, newly diagnosed patients, but most readers should skip this and get the sixth edition of E. Fuller Torrey's Surviving Schizophrenia: A Family Manual instead.-Mary Ann Hughes, Shelton, WA © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
1 What Is Schizophrenia?p. 1
2 What Causes Schizophrenia?p. 21
3 Biological Therapies for Schizophreniap. 34
4 Psychosocial and Behavioral Treatments for Schizophreniap. 55
5 Staying Wellp. 63
6 Schizophrenia and the Familyp. 77
7 Medical Conditions and Schizophreniap. 93
Conclusion: Looking to the Futurep. 108
Notesp. 115
Indexp. 121

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