Being diagnosed with schizophrenia can be a devastating experience. It is therefore crucial that those diagnosed with the illness are provided with complete and accurate information that explains what schizophrenia is, answers questions about what it means to be diagnosed and helps them to come to terms with their illness.
Understanding Your Schizophrenia Illness: A Workbook provides mental health professionals with a structured framework for providing this information to clients. Developed by Chris Healy, an experienced psychiatric nurse, it is a complete, educational resource that professionals and clients can work through together. The workbook is organised into six parts and provides an overview of schizophrenia, as well as discussing the possible causes, the symptoms, the treatments and how to cope with life post-diagnosis.
Each section also includes assessment questionnaires, case studies and frequently asked questions.
An invaluable resource for everyone involved with those diagnosed with schizophrenia. This workbook will also be welcomed by mental health students, carers and clients themselves.
Online Resources: The workbook is available online, free to purchasers of the print version. Visit the website www.wiley.com/go/schizophrenia to find out how to access and download the workbook.
About the Author.
From the Author:
I first trained as a general nurse over 30 years ago and admit to feeling out of my depth at times regarding understanding those with mental health issues. My ignorance and attitude were partly shaped by negative media reports. But since training as a staff nurse in psychiatry I have gained much insight and understanding of sufferers and their families.
I have worked for nearly 12 years on a medium-secure ward; most of the clients I nurse have committed crimes while suffering from their illness. It is not common that those with mental health issues commit crimes but, if their illness is left untreated and allowed to become more and more severe, sufferers who are acutely ill may unintentionally end up in prison.