6 Helpful Books About Schizophrenia

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Educate yourself on schizophrenia.

6 Books About Schizophrenia That'll Answer Your Questions

The National Institute of Mental Health defines schizophrenia as;

"a chronic and severe mental disorder that affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. People with schizophrenia may seem like they have lost touch with reality. Although schizophrenia is not as common as other mental disorders, the symptoms can be very disabling."

It is a debilitating mental disorder for loved ones as well. And while it affects many people, there are resources that can help better understand the disease.

The following 6 books about schizophrenia will do a few important things. First, they will shine light on the disorder that has been stigmatized and villainized. Next, first person experience will allow the reader to understand what happens to someone who has schizophrenia and how it affects loved ones, doctors or medical professionals, and friends. Lastly, the scientific research and data collected will help you conceptualize and understand what happens to the mind and body when fighting this mental disorder.

Books are a powerful thing, and these options on schizophrenia will help you or a loved one, tremendously.

1. Far From The Tree

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Andrew Solomon writes about how families cope with certain mental disorders, including Schizophrenia. By interviewing and researching hundreds of families, Solomon reminds the reader that love should trump prejudice, especially when it comes to children.

2. The Disordered Mind: What Unusual Brains Tell Us About Ourselves

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Author, Eric R. Kandel won a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his research so this book has some credibility to it. With intense research, Kandel explains how the brain works and why it does what it does.

3. The Quiet Room: A Journey Out of the Torment of Madness

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Lori Schiller recounts her life with schizophrenia. Open, honest, and heartbreaking, you'll get a first person perspective of what someone with schizophrenia goes through to maintain a happy and healthy life. She brings attention to the doctors and family members who helped, and suffered, with her.

4. A Beautiful Mind

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Based on the true story of John Forbes Nash, Jr. the mathematical genius who suffered from schizophrenia who went on to win a Nobel Peace Prize for his work. Russell Crowe stars in the movie adaptation but the book is a more accurate depiction of the life, and mental illness, of the genius.

5. No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America

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This novel highlights the negative treatment people with mental illness experience in the United States. From asylums to to public policies, No One Cares About Crazy People brings attention to the stigma that is thrusted upon people who struggle in our country.

6. This Is Your Brain on Parasites: How Tiny Creatures Manipulate Our Behavior and Shape Society

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The Wall Street Journal describes this book as, “engrossing … [an] expedition through the hidden and sometimes horrifying microbial domain.” Science lovers will enjoy this book as it dives deep into parasites, illness, and contamination. With cutting-edge research, This Is Your Brain on Parasites will teach us what it means to be human.