Living with Schizophrenia: A Family Guide to Making a Difference

Living with Schizophrenia: A Family Guide to Making a Difference


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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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781421421438
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 01/02/2017
Series: A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 420,601
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1   What Is Schizophrenia?  
Chapter 2   What Causes Schizophrenia? 
Chapter 3    Biological Therapies for Schizophrenia
Chapter 4   Psychosocial and Behavioral Treatments for Schizophrenia
Chapter 5   Staying Well  
Chapter 6   Schizophrenia and the Family  
Chapter 7   Medical Conditions and Schizophrenia  
Conclusion: Looking to the Future

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