Schizophrenia is one of the most traumatic psychiatric disorders, both for the affected persons and their families. It also carries an unfortunate stigma and suffers from frequent misinterpretation by the popular media. The disorder usually manifests itself through significant periods of hallucinations, bizarre delusions, and disorganized behaviour, but the individuals are not generally violent, and have periods of remission. However it is often difficult for these individuals to maintain a regular lifestyle and many individuals with schizophrenia end up unable to live independently or, worse, homeless.
This book provides a concise and up-to-date account of the underlying causes and symptoms of schizophrenia. It looks at current theories about the disorder, treatment options, both medical and psychological, and the role of the family and the community in caring for individuals. The fourth edition has been fully updated to reflect recent scientific developments, particularly in genetics and neurobiology, and includes new figures to aid understanding. The authors are experienced psychiatrists and psychologists with many years' experience in the treatment and study of schizophrenia. This book will provide a welcome source of information for individuals with schizophrenia, their family members, and those involved in caring for them.