Useful Books

Surviving Schizophrenia, 6th Edition, A Family Manual by E Fuller Torrey MD

Internationally respected researcher and clinician, Fuller Torrey describes the symptoms, causes and treatment of schizophrenia while discussing the current context influencing mental health services.

How Can I Help? A Week in My Life as a Psychiatrist, by David Goldbloom MD and Piers Bryden MD

This book provides an unusual opportunity to understand the thinking processes of contemporary psychiatrists.

When Quietness Came: A Neuroscientist’s Personal Journey with Schizophrenia by Erin Hawkes

This memoir by Vancouver peer support worker Erin Hawkes Emiru describes the chaos of multiple relapses before she became better able to manage her illness.

My Schizophrenia Life: The Road to Recovery from Mental Illness by Sandra Yuen MacKay

Sandra Yuen Mackay’s memoir traces her experiences from developing schizophrenia as a Vancouver secondary school student to learning to manage her illness and becoming a visual artist.

Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness by Pete Earley.

Former Washington Post reporter Pete Earley describes his struggles to help his mentally ill son who is now a peer support worker. He also describes the situations of other families and examines the factors that have led to so many people with severe mental illnesses ending up incarcerated.

After Her Brain Broke: Helping My Daughter Recover Her Sanity by Susan Inman

Vancouver mother Susan Inman describes the journey to get her daughter out of a long and profound psychosis and to help her learn to manage her schizoaffective disorder.


Cognitive Remediation to Improve Functional OutcomesOxford University Press, edited by Alice Medalia and Christopher Bowie

This is an up-to-date anthology describing the common cognitive losses that frequently impact people with psychotic disorders and research into the remediation programs that can offer help.

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