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

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Grand Central Publishing, Nov 16, 2008 - Psychology - 288 pages
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At seventeen Lori Schiller was the perfect child -- the only daughter of an affluent, close-knit family. Six years later she made her first suicide attempt, then wandered the streets of New York City dressed in ragged clothes, tormenting voices crying out in her mind. Lori Schiller had entered the horrifying world of full-blown schizophrenia. She began an ordeal of hospitalizations, halfway houses, relapses, more suicide attempts, and constant, withering despair. But against all odds, she survived. Now in this personal account, she tells how she did it, taking us not only into her own shattered world, but drawing on the words of the doctors who treated her and family members who suffered with her.

In this new edition, Lori Schiller recounts the dramatic years following the original publication -- a period involving addiction, relapse, and ultimately, love and recovery.

Moving, harrowing, and ultimately uplifting, THE QUIET ROOM is a classic testimony to the ravages of mental illness and the power of perserverance and courage.

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Fantastic book! It really takes you into the mind of a person suffering from psychosis and explains through first person what family doctors and patient are all feeling and thinking. I found the way ... Read full review

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When Schiller was 17, her life was taken over by "voices" that she heard as clearly as she would hear a telephone or a doorbell. The voices changed her life from the ideal American Dream experience to ... Read full review

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Amanda Bennett is a lawyer living in in Kigali, Rwanda with her husband and son. She serves on the board of directors for Reeds of Hope, a non-profit serving vulnerable families and children in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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