Schizophrenia - Who Cares? - A Father's Story
206 pages | 5 x 8 |
Paperback May 2015| ISBN 9780993307027 | £9.99/$14.99
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Kindle UK £1.94
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The author of the original bestselling titles The Rough Guide To France and The Rough Guide to Paris tells the tragic, moving story of his son's – and thus his own – 20-year struggle with schizophrenia.
Tim Salmon believes passionately that it needed to be told, for the “outside” world – and he includes many of the professionals in that – know little of the daily reality of living with paranoid schizophrenia. He dedicates this frank, no-holds-barred account to all those who find themselves in the same boat, both sufferers and relatives, all of whom, once this bizarre illness strikes, find themselves thrown into a chaotic situation that is always bewildering and often as downright terrifying as it is heartbreaking. His story includes his dealings with the mental health care services, “a pretty shameful record of incompetence, buck-passing and lack of communication and co-ordination” and the mental health charities, whom he has not spared – “for in their devotion to the sloppy, evasive language of political correctness, they have dangerously underplayed the seriousness of real mental illness like schizophrenia”.
“Impressive, moving, disturbing.” Salley Vickers
“Only a brilliant writer can make a page-turner out of a grim subject like schizophrenia. Totally gripping, I couldn't stop reading until the end.” AzUS*****
A mental illness memoir that is also: “A riveting read, a proper page-turner. Reduced me, on occasion, to both tears and laughter. We could do better than this.” Nina Bawden, novelist, author of The Birds on the Trees.
“I would recommend this book for care coordinators and those interested in more responsive and engaged services.” Leonard Fagin Honorary Senior Lecturer, University College London, and Consultant Psychiatrist, The Psychiatrist
“The writing of this stark, tragic story is possibly the most moving non-fiction I have ever read, and a piercing look into darkest shadows not often explored with such intense scrutiny and love. I couldn't stop reading.” AZUS*****
“A thought-provoking and brutally honest personal account of a father’s struggle through the development of his son, Jeremy’s, paranoid schizophrenia… I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found it very difficult to put down.” Declan Hyland, Royal College of Psychiatry Student Associate Newsletter