Illuminating Schizophrenia: Insights Into the Uncommon Mind synopsis

Illuminating Schizophrenia: Insights Into the Uncommon Mind is a compilation of the personal experiences of Dr. Ann Olson, who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia since she was about 20 years old.

Self-portrait by Ann Olson - First person account in Illuminating Schizophrenia.

Self-portrait by Ann Olson – First person account in Illuminating Schizophrenia.

She describes her life experiences as well as that of her  ex-husband, also diagnosed with schizophrenia, and develops the theme of schizophrenia from the perspective of her own mental illness, that of her mental health counseling work, as well as commentary included from her renown neuropsychologist father.

Through Olson’s writing and first-hand experience with the illness, the reader is given deep insight into this illness from both her personal experience and the theories regarding it. Olson discusses the diagnosis and history of schizophrenia and its many subtypes. She provides analyses of patients suffering with schizophrenia from her experience as a counselor for the mentally ill.

Olson’s poetry provides a perspective into the thoughts and feelings of schizophrenics. A significant sub-theme of Illuminating Schizophrenia: Insights Into the Uncommon Mind is the stigma of mental illness and how to deal and overcome the negativity associated with those laboring under this illness. Dr. Olson provides insights from the perspective as a schizophrenic and also from that a college academic and lecturer in Psychology.

This should be of help to the individual and the families that suffer through the effects of schizophrenia, as well as for those who treat schizophrenic in professional settings. This book contains research, poetry, self-help suggestions, a glossary of psychology terms and an extensive bibliography.

 

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