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Living with Schizophrenia: A Family Guide to Making a Difference (A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book)

Author: Jeffrey Rado

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

ISBN 10: 1421421437
ISBN 13: 978-1421421438

A concise, up-to-date consumer guide for people who have schizophrenia and their families.

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

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