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

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Grand Central Publishing, Jan 1, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 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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Honestly, it was great. The only reason why I rated it four stars was because it was becoming tedious after a little bit. But I was saved because of the heart warming ending. I honestly wanted to hug ... Read full review

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Just....okay. I agree with other reviews that say this book lacks significant emotion and is a bit redundant at times. I do think it sheds light on newer medications for schizophrenia, namely Clozaril, which has been a game changer for the field. Read full review

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About the author (1996)

Joe Amaral was born in Portugal on the island of St. Miguel and emigrated with his family to Toronto, Ontario, when he was two years old. A rebel against Christianity, he credits a youth pastor who 'loved me unconditionally' with being a major factor in his conversion and subsequent decision to enter the ministry.

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