In the bestselling tradition of The Bell Jar and I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, this is the electrifying story of one woman's descent into madness--and her courageous, triumphant struggle to rejoin the real world. To re-create Lori's harrowing story, coauthor Bennett drew on Lori's personal diaries as well as intimate interviews with ...
In the bestselling tradition of The Bell Jar and I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, this is the electrifying story of one woman's descent into madness--and her courageous, triumphant struggle to rejoin the real world. To re-create Lori's harrowing story, coauthor Bennett drew on Lori's personal diaries as well as intimate interviews with relatives, friends, and doctors.
This is the memoir by a young girl who first experiences the delusions and hallucinations of schizophrenia in her late teens. In spite of her loving psychiatrist father's and psychologist mother's attempts to help her, she spent the next half of her life in and out (mostly in) various institutions. Her condition did not respond well to any of the drugs available, it was not until her early 30's when a new drug came on the market that she began to experience a normal life again. She then had to grapple with the realization that half her life had been spent in a haze, having missed out on all the experiences that young people take for granted : proms, college , romances, parties, friends, a career. This is a heartbreaking story, written from the inside, about Lori's struggle with, and ultimately her triumph over schizophrenia. Very well written, hard to put down, a must read, especially for anyone who has a friend or family member with this disorder.
Publishers Weekly, 1994-06-20 Schiller, raised in a loving, affluent family in a New York City suburb, was 17 when she first heard the ``voices'' that would take over her life. Willing herself to appear normal, she resisted the brutally disparaging voices that urged her towards violence and suicide, and she succeeded in graduating from college. But early in 1982, at age 23 and after a suicide attempt, she was persuaded by her parents to admit herself to a mental hospital. For the next seven years, Schiller's auditory hallucinations worsened, and she repeatedly attempted suicide. Diagnosed with schizo-affective disorder, she underwent shock therapy and was treated with antipsychotic drugs. As the symptoms of her disease waxed and waned, Schiller was in and out of hospitals and treatment programs; her weight soared and she became dependent on cocaine. Entering a program at New York Hospital, she suggested to her therapist that she try a new drug, clozapine, which gradually helped her to cope with her illness. Schiller now works at a halfway house. With Wall Street Journal reporter Bennett, she presents her stunning story of courage, persistence and hope. (July)
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