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The family face of schizophrenia : practical counsel from America's leading experts

Author: Patricia Backlar
Publisher: New York : Putnam, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this uniquely formatted book, Patricia Backlar, a mental health ethicist and mother of a son who suffers from schizophrenia, eloquently recounts true stories about families whose adult children suffer from this cruel disease. Following each narrative, experts from the various mental health professions offer advice on the issues raised by each story:" "The story of a father's heartbreaking struggle to care for  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case Reports
Case studies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Backlar, Patricia, 1932-
Family face of schizophrenia.
New York : Putnam, ©1994
(OCoLC)691070696
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Patricia Backlar
ISBN: 0874777461 9780874777468
OCLC Number: 27810551
Notes: "A Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnum book."
Description: 283 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: A father's story: learning to live with schizophrenia --
The single parent's struggle: schizophrenia and the adult child --
Slipping through the cracks: failure of the mental health system --
Whereabouts unknown: searching for a missing family member --
Dial 911: schizophrenia and the police response --
At risk: suicide and schizophrenia --
Out of control: violence, the law, and schizophrenia.
Responsibility: by Patricia Backlar ; introduction by Nancy C. Andreasen.

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"In this uniquely formatted book, Patricia Backlar, a mental health ethicist and mother of a son who suffers from schizophrenia, eloquently recounts true stories about families whose adult children suffer from this cruel disease. Following each narrative, experts from the various mental health professions offer advice on the issues raised by each story:" "The story of a father's heartbreaking struggle to care for his son is followed by a psychiatrist's commentary, which sorts out the confusing array of public and private services available to mentally ill people and their families. The doctor also explains the role of medications and how to obtain insurance benefits and financial assistance for treatment and living expenses;" "the devastating tale about a homeless young woman is told in two sections. The first part is followed by a social worker's commentary that provides suggestions helpful to families searching for their mentally ill relatives. After the second part, two psychiatric nurses comment on how to manage and improve the mental health system;" "an account of a young man's suicide attempt is followed by a psychiatrist's commentary on why suicide is the main cause of death among victims of schizophrenia. He describes the risk factors and provides treatment considerations that every family should know;" "the emotional report of a psychiatrist's murder by his patient is followed by an attorney's commentary on legal issues relating to mentally ill people." "In other chapters, psychologists explore the specific problems of single parents with adult children suffering from schizophrenia; how police can be trained to overcome the difficulties they may face in dealing with psychotic people; and how people with schizophrenia, their families, and professionals can work together to improve the delivery of mental health services." "These stories are not tales of easy answers; schizophrenia may be treatable, but to this day, it has no cure. However, this book offers hope because it teaches readers how to navigate the complicated labyrinth of medical and social services and to become more effective in managing schizophrenia."--Jacket.

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