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Out of Our Minds: How to Cope with the Everyday Problems of the Mentally Ill-A Guide for Patients and Their Families.

More and more kinds of behavior are being defined as psychotic in nature. For parents whose children suffer from mental illness, the question of what is really "crazy" takes on great import. They know that something is terribly wrong with their children and see them alone, withdrawn, unable to cope with life's minimal demands, cringing in fear and fleeing from imagined pursuit, despairing of life. In this book, Garson explains the origin and nature of schizophrenia, depression, manic depression, and the behavior that accompanies them in language the layperson can understand. She challenges the usually accepted psychiatric assumptions and practices. Included are taped interviews with patients and their parents. The diversity and difficulties of family problems are examined with a view toward mitigating the trauma and shame that surround mental illness. The book contains a practical guide to symptoms recognition, crisis management, patients' rights, the rights of families, and an overview of innovative socialization and work rehabilitation programs. It is a much-needed guide for patients and their parents in coping with the everyday problems and emergencies of the mentally ill.
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Date:Mar 22, 1993
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