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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks; 4 edition (April 26 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060959193
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060959197
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 3.1 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,256,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A comprehensive, realistic, and compassionate approach...Should be of tremendous value to anyone who must confront these questions." -- Psychology Times

"A comprehensive, realistic, and compassionate approach...Should be of tremendous value to anyone who must confront these questions." -- Psychology Times

"E. Fuller Torrey is a brilliant writer. There is no one writing on psychology today whom I would rather read." -- Los Angeles Times

"E. Fuller Torrey is a brilliant writer. There is no one writing on psychology today whom I would rather read." -- Los Angeles Times

About the Author

E. Fuller Torrey, M.D., is a research psychiatrist specializing in schizophrenia and manic-depressive illness. He is currently the associate director for laboratory research of the Stanley Medical Research Institute, president of the Treatment Advocacy Center, and professor of psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LostBoyinNC on Feb. 6 2004
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I read this book because I agree with many of the things Dr. Torrey says about severe mental illness. I DO NOT agree with everything he says, but much I do agree with. One claim of Dr. Torrey's that he makes in this book that I do not agree with is his claim that "anti-psychotic drugs are extremely safe drugs." While this might be soothing info to a schizophrenic ignorant to the realities of anti-psychotic medication, it is hardly true. It doesnt let off a schizophrenic for taking their neuroleptics however Dr. Torrey could have said something along the lines of "dramatic improvements are needed in developing truly safe anti-psychotic medication."
Furthermore, usage of anti-psychotic medication for non-schizophrenia uses such as mood and anxiety disorders is extremely dangerous and should be dramatically curtailed.
Other than that, I found this book to be comprehensive and good. While I personally am not diagnosed with schizophrenia, I found it fascinating and of high quality nonetheless. For anyone diagnosed with any severe form of mental illness (schizophrenia, bipolar, severe depression) I would recommend this book to. Just the chapter on mental health advocacy/lobbying is worth the cost of the book IMO. More people with serious mental illness need to become involved in politics and mental illness lobbying. That is the only way things will ever really improve and Dr. Torrey makes this clear.
More mentally ill individuals need to vote.
What I found most interesting about this book though is the sardonic and derisive description of psychiatry, coming from another psychiatrist who is a specialist in severe mental illness. This is extremely rare and its why I admire Dr. Torrey. He says the things that some people think, but dont have the guts to say in public.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 6 2001
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My son is alive and thriving today largely because of Dr. E. Fuller Torrey's books and activities on behalf of the severely mentally ill.
Six years ago, Dr. Torrey's third edition of Surviving Schizophrenia was the first book I read on the subject. Our family was in crisis after my oldest son had his first psychotic break. Dr. Torrey's practical, sound, humane advice was godsent information. I had read Bateson and Satir years before in grad school. Based on their writings, I felt responsible and guilty that my son developed schizophrenia. Dr. Torrey's book allowed me to move beyond misplaced guilt with it's clarity of thought on an illness beset by flakey books and ideas. His practical advice guided us in selecting a multidisciplinary team to work with our son who is doing well even though he requires occasional hospitalization. Dr. Torrey's endnotes guided us into a wide field of research that broadened our understanding. I have since read extensively on the subject: neurology, genetics, and psychiatric texts; legal and medical journals; history; etc. I spend two days a month at the UC Davis Medical School's library researching psychosocial and cognitive-behavioral treatments. I also advocate for sane public policies that are directed toward the severely mentally ill. You cannot beat this book's wise counsel. In one place, you can find information on almost every aspect of the illness. As broadly read in the field as I am, I discovered new and exciting developments in Dr. Torrey's latest edition. This is the first book that I would give anyone who needs to understand schizophrenia. For families, consumers, and providers, Surviving Schizophrenia is the bible on almost every aspect of the disorder. Buy copies for yourself, parents, children, friends, teachers, clergy, ....
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I come from a large family, a house with a lot of love. So when not just one--but two--of my siblings developed major mental illness, I struggled for years to understand them. Then several years ago I read this book and cried tears of recognition. At last, I finally understood things from the point of view of my brothers. Soon I had everyone in my family reading this book and truly it opened many eyes. "Surviving Schizophrenia" explodes many common myths about mental illness but more importantly it shows families and loved ones how to cope. I now understand that it is only natural to have "me too" fears about mental illness but most of these fears are groundless. Likewise many parents needlessly blame themselves, wondering what they did wrong. "Surviving Schizophrenia" was a Godsend, helping me to realize that mental illness often strikes the most gifted, talented individuals. And far from "poor parenting," families of the mentally ill often develop extraordinary coping skills, such that they are more "together" than families untouched by mental illness. What's more, this book gave me greater confidence to talk about this subject without feeling the least bit of stigma. And confidence to live my life fully, without fear of being thought an "oddball," either because of my brothers or my chosen profession. Plus the resources are excellent. I highly recommend it to anyone who is even remotely interested in this topic.
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A person I know who has schizophrenia told me that this book was the best description of the disease he had ever seen. Certainly I found it to be the most lucid and comprehensible to someone who has not experienced the disease. In addition, Dr. Torrey's caustic description of our hodgepodge of policies toward the severely mentally ill should be required reading for policy-makers everywhere, since -- as Dr. Torrey shows -- schizophrenia ends up affecting everyone, not just those who suffer directly from it. (We could probably wipe out the national debt if we could recover just the lost value of economic activity by family members, police, jail and prison employees, courts, and others diverted from their other tasks to deal, inadequately in many cases, with the disease's effects.) In this new edition, he has enlarged and updated the coverage of the disease's symptoms, its treatments, and their adverse effects; he has also expanded considerably the section on advocacy and added a few more of his incisive and entertaining reviews of other books on the subject. Buy several copies and send the extras to your elected officials: we can all benefit from substituting good science, good sense and compassion for what is all too typically done now.
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