The Complete Family Guide to Schizophrenia: Helping Your Loved One Get the Most Out of Life

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Guilford Press, May 26, 2006 - Psychology - 480 pages
Will the person you love ever get better? Chances are you've grappled with the question. With care and support from their families, people with schizophrenia can and do make vast improvements. Noted therapists Kim Mueser and Susan Gingerich deepen your understanding of the illness and cover a wide range of effective treatments. Based on decades of research and experience, they offer pragmatic suggestions for dealing with depression, psychosis, and other symptoms. They show you how to prioritize needs, resolve everyday problems, and encourage your loved one to set life goals. Plus, individual sections highlight special issues for parents, children, siblings, and partners. Whether you’re facing schizophrenia for the first time or you’ve dealt with its impact for years, you’ll discover innovative ways to handle challenges that arise over the course of treatment, from reducing the chances of relapse to making friends and finding work. Recovery isn't an endpoint--it's a lifelong journey. With love, hope, and realistic optimism, striving for it can lead to a richer, more rewarding life for your entire family.
Winner, NAMI/Ken Book Award
 

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Contents

The Basics
3
Diagnosis and Symptoms
17
Creating a Vision of Recovery
32
Comprehensive Treatment of Schizophrenia
48
Community Resources
59
PART II
89
Parents
91
Siblings
104
Psychotic Symptoms
259
Negative Symptoms
279
Cognitive Difficulties
287
Anxiety
304
Depression
317
Alcohol and Drug Abuse
331
Anger and Violence
358
Lack of Insight
371

Spouses and Partners
113
Parenting and Children
124
PART III
143
Medication
145
Managing Stress
178
Developing a Relapse Prevention Plan
189
Responding to Crises
206
Communicating Effectively
223
Solving Problems
234
Establishing Household Rules and Sharing Responsibilities
242
PART V
257
PART VI
379
Social Relationships
381
Work and School
394
Independent Living and SelfCare Skills
408
Leisure and Recreation
421
Dealing with Stigma
431
Planning for the Future
441
Resources
457
Index
473
About the Authors
481
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About the author (2006)

Kim T. Mueser, PhD, a clinical psychologist, is Executive Director of the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University. His clinical and research interests include the treatment of schizophrenia and posttraumatic stress disorder and the diagnosis and treatment of people with multiple disorders. He has published extensively and lectures often on the topic of psychiatric rehabilitation.

Susan Gingerich, MSW, is a clinician and consultant with more than 20 years of clinical experience working with people who have severe mental illness and their families. She has an independent practice in Philadelphia.

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