- Title Pages
- Foreword to the Second Edition
- Introductory Note
- A Note on the Title
- About the Authors
- Using This Book
- 1 In the Beginning
- 2 So Many Questions
- 3 How the Brain Works
- 4 What Is Schizophrenia?
- 5 Why Me?
- 6 Diagnosing Schizophrenia
- 7 What Will People Think of Me Now?
- 8 Medication
- 9 Out of the Hospital and Staying Well
- 10 Coping with Positive and Negative Symptoms
- 11 Coping with Other Symptoms and Side Effects
- 12 Drugs, Alcohol, and Safer Sex
- 13 Under the Microscope
- 14 Zelda’s Story
- 15 Who Am I Now?
- 16 Getting the Social Services You Need
- 17 Vocational Rehabilitation
- Appendix 1 Client Assistance Program Directory
- Appendix 2 Vocational Rehabilitation Directory
- Appendix 3 Other Resources
Who Am I Now?
Who Am I Now?
- (p.181) 15 Who Am I Now?
- Diagnosis: Schizophrenia, Second Edition, second edition
Susan E. Mason
- Columbia University Press
This chapter chronicles the volunteer contributors’ lives to date as they continue to live with their schizophrenia. Not all of the anecdotes here are “success stories,” however, as many of the contributors still continue to cope with symptoms and other issues. Some of them still engage in unhealthy lifestyles, or are still searching for medications that can work for them, or they may simply have trouble with feeling like “themselves” again. Many still experience breakdowns and struggle with “staying sane,” while others notice considerable improvements to their health over time. Overall, these are stories of people trying to move on and cope with the dramatic changes in their lives as a result of their schizophrenia. These are stories meant to reassure rather than inspire, to point out that there is a life and a future beyond schizophrenia.
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