Me, Myself, and Them: A Firsthand Account of One Young Persons Experience with Schizophrenia

Paperback | October 15, 2007

byKurt Snyder, Raquel E. Gur, Linda Wasmer Andrews

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During his second semester at college, Kurt Snyder became convinced that he was about to discover a fabulously important mathematical principle, spending hours lost in daydreams about numbers and symbols. In time, his thoughts took a darker turn, and he became preoccupied with the idea thatcars were following him, or that strangers wanted to harm him. Kurt's mind had been hijacked by schizophrenia, a severe mental disorder that typically strikes during the late teen or young adult years. In Me, Myself, and Them, Kurt, now an adult, looks back from the vantage point of recovery and eloquently describes the debilitating changes in thoughts and perceptions that took hold of his life during his teens and twenties. As a memoir, this book is remarkable for its unvarnished look atthe slow and difficult process of coming back from severe mental illness. Yet Kurt's memoir is only half the story. With the help of psychiatrist Raquel E. Gur, M.D., Ph.D., and veteran science writer Linda Wasmer Andrews, Kurt paints the big picture for others affected by adolescent schizophrenia.Drawing on the latest scientific and medical evidence, he explains how to recognize warning signs, where to find help, and what treatments have proved effective. Kurt also offers practical advice on topics of particular interest to young people, such as suggestions on managing the illness at home,school, and work, and in relationships with family and friends. Part of the Adolescent Mental Health Initiative series of books written specifically for teens and young adults, My, Myself, and Them offers hope to young people who are struggling with schizophrenia, helping them to understand and manage the challenges of this illness and go on to leadhealthy lives.

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During his second semester at college, Kurt Snyder became convinced that he was about to discover a fabulously important mathematical principle, spending hours lost in daydreams about numbers and symbols. In time, his thoughts took a darker turn, and he became preoccupied with the idea thatcars were following him, or that strangers wan...

Kurt Snyder is a database administrator for the state of Maryland as well as president of his local volunteer fire department. Rachel Gur, MD, PhD, is Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where she has acted as Director of the Neuropsychiatry section and the Schizophreni...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 5.39 × 8.11 × 0.59 inPublished:October 15, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780195311228

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book Good, easy to read book, with alternating parts between first person story and professional analysis.
Date published: 2011-08-05

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Table of Contents

Preface. 1. Overview of SchizophreniaKurt's storyThe big picture Definition of schizophrenia Prevalence Causes Signs and symptoms2. Subtypes and symptomsKurt's story After college Iridium First psychotic episode Partially recovering from psychosisThe big picture Subtypes of schizophrenia Positive symptoms, in detail Negative symptoms, in detail3. Losing Touch With RealityKurt's story Second psychotic episode Wondering...is there something wrong with me? Trying to work, inability to functionThe big picture Disruptive effects of untreated schizophrenia HospitalizationSidebars Quotes from another individual with schizophrenia Tips on planning for an out-of-town trip, such as Kurt's trip to New York What to do if you're feeling suicidal4. Diagnosis and TreatmentKurt's story Bizarre ideation, another admission to the hospital A new diagnosis-schizophrenia Deciding to take medicationThe big picture Diagnostic process Common comorbidities Treatment options5. Living With SchizophreniaKurt's story A deep depression Grandmother dies, having inappropriate affect A gift from a friend-continuing education Deciding to do something worthwhile, joining the fire department A year later-a new jobThe big picture Coming to terms with your illness Developing strategies for success Psychiatric rehabilitation Support groups6. Outlook for the FutureKurt's story Slow improvement, doing progressively better as each year passes Relying on friends and family for help My life now-symptom-free, continuing to take the medicationThe big picture Prognosis with appropriate treatment Overcoming societal stigma Educating others about schizophrenia, based on what you now know Debunking common mythsFrequently Asked QuestionsGlossaryResource ListBibliography

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"Me, Myself and Them: A Firsthand Account of One Young Person's Experience with Schizophrenia is a straightforward and marvelously lucid retelling of Kurt Snyder's battle with his demons. Not only does it show us the experience of psychosis, it also explains, in jargon-free language, whateach element of that experience means. Compelling and eminently readable, a book like this ought to be required reading for all high school and college students, demystifying as it does an illness all too long shrouded in misunderstanding, confusion, and fear."--Pamela Spiro Wagner, author ofDivided Minds: Twin Sisters and Their Journey Through Schizophrenia