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Literature recommendations

Topic Psychosis and Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia for Dummies


What does schizophrenia mean? What are the symptoms and causes? Can it be treated at all, and if so, how? How do I explain to those around me what's wrong with me? It also helps sufferers to have realistic goals and demands of themselves and to understand why they need help. Existing stigmas around the disease are also cleared up.

note: Definitely recommended for those affected and their relatives who speak English. Even psychosis patients who are not schizophrenic can take a lot from this book.

own personal rating: 5 out of 5 stars


author: Jerome Levine, MD and Irene S. Levine, PhD

ISBN: 978-0-470-25927-6

pages: 362

year: 2009

publisher: Wiley Publishing, Inc.

Eigensinn und Psychose - "Noncompliance" als Chance (German edition)


The author takes the approach that the "obstinacy" and the refusal of some patients with psychosis to accept therapy should be viewed as a challenge. Using examples, anthropological aspects are discussed.

note: I cannot and will not recommend the book to anyone. I subscribe to the approach that one can draw strength from one's illness and the resulting "obstinacy". But that's about all.

own personal rating: 1 out of von 5 stars


author: Thomas Bock

ISBN: 978-3-926200-90-7

pages: 168

year: 2017, 8th edition

publisher: Paranus-Verlag

The Dialectic Behavior Therapy Skill Workbook for Psychosis - manage your emotions, reduce symptoms & ger back to your life


This practical manual explains what the tables to be filled in are and how you can use them to achieve the skills you want in the DBT therapy method. On the basis of DBT, which was specially tailored to psychosis, you are given various tasks and exercises that help you, for example, to deal better with stress and thus to be a little more relaxed in other situations.

note: It's about DBT. Do I really have to say more?

own, personal rating: 5 out of 5 stars

author: Maggie Mullen, LCSW

ISBN: 978-1-68403-643-1

pages: 152

year: 2021

publisher: New Harbinger Publishing, Inc.

Surviving schizophrenia - a family manual


The book looks at the causes of schizophrenia, what it is, and how it can sometimes be treated. It also looks at how one can and should act as a family when a sick person is among them. At the end, frequently asked questions on the topic are answered.

note: At the end of each chapter, literature recommendations are given if you want to go into a particular topic in more depth.

own personal rating: 5 out of 5 stars

author: E. Fuller Torrey, M.D.

ISBN: 978-0-06-288080-2

pages: xxii, 496

year: 2019, 7th edition

publisher: Harper Perennial

Drachen, Doppelgänger und Dämonen - über Menschen mit Halluzinationen (German edition)


In his book, the author mainly deals with hallucinations that do not have their origin in schizophrenia, but in organic reasons. Without evaluating them, they are portrayed in the first person to give an impression of how those affected experience them.

note: Not necessarily illuminating for those affected, but certainly very helpful as an approach for the environment.

own personal rating: 3,5 out of 5 stars

author: Oliver Sacks

ISBN: 978-3-499-62972-3

pages: 346

year: 2016, 3rd edition

publisher: Rowohlt Taschenbuch Verlag

The complete family guide to Schizophrenia - helping your loved one get the most out of life


What is schizophrenia? How are the individual symptoms expressed? What difficulties does the person's environment sometimes have to contend with? How can you create a supportive environment for the person and how can you restore quality of life?

note: Suitable for those affected and their relatives. It shows that you can recover from the disease, but also constantly struggle with its effects and possible relapses.

own personal rating: 4 out of 5 stars

author: Kim T. Muesser, PhD, and Susan Gingerich, MSW

ISBN: 978-1-59385-180-4

pages: 481

year: 2006

publisher: The Guilford Press

Morgen bin ich ein Löwe - wie ich die Schizophrenie besiegte (German edition)


The author suffered from schizophrenia and spent about 10 years in psychiatry. Nevertheless she works as a psychologist today.

note: The author's experience gives courage that one can get the disease under control and not the other way around.

own personal rating: 4 out of von 5 stars

author: Arnhild Lauveng

ISBN: 978-3-442-74087-1

pages: 221

year: 2010, 7th edition

publisher: btb-Verlag

Rethinking madness - towars a paradigm shift in our understanding and treatment of psychosis


The book first clears up some myths about psychosis and schizophrenia. How can you help patients and appreciate their contribution to society? With the inclusion of Buddhism and Western philosophy, the author questions what is commonly referred to as "madness".

note: Anyone who only gives examples of patients not getting along with antipsychotics and getting along better without them is only supporting their own thesis.

own, personal rating: 2 out of 5 stars

author: Paris Williams, Ph.D.

ISBN: 978-0-9849867-0-5

pages: xxiii, 372

year: 2012

publisher: Sky's Edge Publishing

When the sun bursts - the enigma of schizophrenia


The author has worked as a psychoanalyst for decades and has worked with many schizophrenics himself. In his book, he uses examples to show that not only medication can help those affected, but that talk therapy also plays a major role as a treatment.

note: Very pleasantly written.

own personal rating: 5 out of 5 stars

author: Christopher Bollas

ISBN: 978-0-300-22365-1

pages: xi, 226

year: 2015

publisher: Yale University Press


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