People suffering from schizophrenia experience a mental disorder that affects their ability to determine what is real. Common symptoms include unclear, confused thinking or believing in something that is false, hallucinations, hearing voices that no one else hears, and other abnormal and unstable patterns of behaviour. Schizophrenia can affect a person’s overall thoughts, behaviour, well-being, work-home-family life and interpersonal relationships. Are you questioning if your own behaviour, or that of a child, friend, or family member, resembles the symptoms of schizophrenia? Are you looking for information, resources, or professionals to help you diagnose schizophrenia or form a treatment plan? For information, guidance, or community support to help you face challenges brought on by schizophrenia, see the information below.

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Diagnosis: Schizophrenia

A Comprehensive Resource for Consumers, Families, and Helping Professionals

In this book, thirty-five young, recently diagnosed patients speak about schizophrenia and the process of recovery, while two specialists illuminate the medical science, psychoeducation, and therapeutic needs of those coping with the illness, as well as access to medical benefits and community resources. A remarkably inclusive guide, the volume informs patients, families, friends, and professionals, detailing the possible causes of schizophrenia, medications and side effects, the functioning of the brain, and the value of rehabilitation and other services. In their dialogues, participants confront shame, stigma, substance use, and relapse issues and the necessity of healthy eating, safe sex practices, and coping skills during recovery. Clinicians elaborate on the symptoms of schizophrenia, such as violent and suicidal thoughts, delusions, hallucinations, memory and concentration problems, trouble getting motivated or organized, and anxiety and mood disorders. Adopting an uplifting tone of manageability, the participants, authors, and clinicians of this volume offer more than advice they prescribe hope.


A Scientific Delusion?

First published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Coping with Schizophrenia

Learn how to cope with schizophrenia, what the signs are, and where to get help.

Reconceiving Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia arguably is the most troubling, puzzling, and complex mental illness. No single discipline is equipped to understand it. Though schizophrenia has been investigated predominately from psychological, psychiatric and neurobiological perspectives, few attempts have been made to apply the tool kit of philosophy to schizophrenia, the mix of global analysis, conceptual insight, and argumentative clarity that is indicative of a philosophical perspective. This book is a major effort at redressing that imbalance. Recent developments in the area of philosophy known as the philosophy of psychiatry have made it clear that it is time for philosophy to contribute to our understanding of schizophrenia. The range of contributions is many and varied. Some contributors are professional philosophers; some not. Some contributions focus on matters of method and history. Others argue for dramatic reforms in our understanding of schizophrenia or its symptoms. The authors in this book are committed to the idea that philosophy can indeed help to understand schizophrenia in a way which is different from but complements traditional medical-clinical approaches. The book should appeal to every reader who wants to better understand a major mental illness, including its distinctive character, conscious content, and sources of puzzlement. Readers will find the essays gathered here afford stimulating insights into the human mind and its conditions of vulnerability.


Part of the Oxford Psychiatry Library of pocketbooks, this user-friendly and practical guide will outline the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of patients with schizophrenia. Co-authored by two global experts on the management of patients with psychosis, this pocketbook will serve as a useful guide for psychiatrists, trainees, psychiatric specialist nurses, and interested general practitioners. Schizophrenia is one of the most disabling mental illnesses and is also highly prevalent, occurring in approximately 1% of the population and affecting both men and women equally. The disorder has a typical onset of between 15 and 35 years of age and is characterised by impairments in reality, most commonly hallucinations and delusions. It is a highly complex condition and is often confused with other mental disorders such as bipolar disorder. This new edition will cover new DSM-5 diagnostic criteria and to reflect new data and include new longitudinal studies on psychiatric and medical co-morbidity, Genetic and environmental factors, new drug therapies, adherence and the role of depots, new advances in psychosocial therapies (CBT,ACT, & cognitive remediation) and includes an updated and expanded appendix.


A Brother Finds Answers in Biological Science

With the author’s intimate knowledge of the suffering caused by this disease, Schizophrenia emphasizes research strategies, the importance of sound scientific approaches, and the challenges that remain.


The Sacred Symbol of Psychiatry

A Road Back from Schizophrenia

A Memoir

An extraordinary look into the life and mind of a schizophrenic—a powerful memoir for sufferers, their families, and the professionals who care for them. For ten years, Arnhild Lauveng suffered as a schizophrenic, going in and out of the hospital for months or even a year at a time. In these pages, she illuminates her loss of identity, her sense of being controlled from the outside, her relationship to the voices she heard, and her sometimes terrifying hallucinations. Painful recollections of moments of humiliation inflicted by thoughtless medical professionals are juxtaposed with Lauveng’s own understanding of how such patients are outwardly irrational and often violent. Though Lauveng was told her disorder was a lifelong sentence, she now calls herself a “former schizophrenic.” No longer on medication, she currently works as a clinical psychologist. While sometimes critical of mental health care, she ultimately attributes her slow journey back to health to the dedicated medical staff who took the time to talk to her and who saw her as a person simply diagnosed with an illness—not the illness incarnate. “Drawing on her own terrifying experiences to address the carefully constructed definitions and understandings of the disorder, [Lauveng] challenges some entrenched ideas about schizophrenia.” —Kirkus Reviews

My Schizophrenic Life

The Road to Recovery from Mental Illness

Vancouver artist Sandra Yuen MacKay has an abnormality of the brain - a disease called schizophrenia. As she says, "my life is schizophrenic because I have schizophrenia. It will always be there." Much of her life has been a struggle to cope with the symptoms of her disease and the side effects of the medications required to keep those symptoms in check. Early in her life, Sandra started to exhibit the typical symptoms of this disease which came as a surprise to her unsuspecting family. Her book chronicles her struggles, hospitalizations, encounters with professionals, return to school, eventual marriage, and success as an artist, writer and advocate. "Remarkably compelling...the book takes on a life if its own...a gripping narrative" Library Journal "There are precious few people who have experienced psychosis and can convey it accurately, clearly, and concisely. Sandra MacKay's story is an important one for all of us in the mental health field --doctors, patients, and their families. It is imperative that we take in the lessons she is imparting to us all, on how to manage, and in many ways, triumph, over chronic mental illness." Julie Holland, MD author, Weekends at Bellevue: Nine Years on the Night Shift at the Psych ER., New York city

Living with Schizophrenia

A Family Guide to Making a Difference

An estimated 51 million people worldwide have schizophrenia, 2.2 million of them in the United States. While early diagnosis and appropriate treatment improve the long-term prognosis, schizophrenia is a disease that is difficult to manage. In Living with Schizophrenia, Drs. Jeffrey Rado and Philip G. Janicak, specialists in treating people who have schizophrenia, offer an easy-to-read primer for people with the disorder, along with their families and other caregivers. Drawing on their combined sixty years of clinical and research experience, Drs. Rado and Janicak · define schizophrenia and explain what is known about its causes· discuss the difference between negative symptoms (such as lack of emotion and social withdrawal) and positive symptoms (such as hallucinations, delusions, and thought disorders)· describe medication and psychosocial and behavioral treatments—and the importance of early diagnosis and treatment for better long-term outcomes· explain what people with schizophrenia and their families can do to help keep the person well· explore how schizophrenia affects the entire family· detail medical conditions that people with schizophrenia are more likely than other people to have—including heart disease, obesity, and diabetes · offer key takeaway points for every topic Designed for the lay reader and based on the most recent medical literature, Living with Schizophrenia offers information and understanding to help people coping with this often misunderstood disorder to best achieve recovery and healing.

The Collected Schizophrenias


Powerful, affecting essays on mental illness, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and a Whiting Award An intimate, moving book written with the immediacy and directness of one who still struggles with the effects of mental and chronic illness, The Collected Schizophrenias cuts right to the core. Schizophrenia is not a single unifying diagnosis, and Esmé Weijun Wang writes not just to her fellow members of the “collected schizophrenias” but to those who wish to understand it as well. Opening with the journey toward her diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder, Wang discusses the medical community’s own disagreement about labels and procedures for diagnosing those with mental illness, and then follows an arc that examines the manifestations of schizophrenia in her life. In essays that range from using fashion to present as high-functioning to the depths of a rare form of psychosis, and from the failures of the higher education system and the dangers of institutionalization to the complexity of compounding factors such as PTSD and Lyme disease, Wang’s analytical eye, honed as a former lab researcher at Stanford, allows her to balance research with personal narrative. An essay collection of undeniable power, The Collected Schizophrenias dispels misconceptions and provides insight into a condition long misunderstood.

No One Cares About Crazy People

The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America

* Finalist for the PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award * Washington Post Notable Book of the Year * People Magazine Best Book of the Year * Shelf Awareness Best Book of the Year * "Extraordinary and courageous . . . No doubt if everyone were to read this book, the world would change."---New York Times Book Review New York Times-bestselling author Ron Powers offers a searching, richly researched narrative of the social history of mental illness in America paired with the deeply personal story of his two sons' battles with schizophrenia. From the centuries of torture of "lunatiks" at Bedlam Asylum to the infamous eugenics era to the follies of the anti-psychiatry movement to the current landscape in which too many families struggle alone to manage afflicted love ones, Powers limns our fears and myths about mental illness and the fractured public policies that have resulted. Braided with that history is the moving story of Powers's beloved son Kevin--spirited, endearing, and gifted--who triumphed even while suffering from schizophrenia until finally he did not, and the story of his courageous surviving son Dean, who is also schizophrenic. A blend of history, biography, memoir, and current affairs ending with a consideration of where we might go from here, this is a thought-provoking look at a dreaded illness that has long been misunderstood.

Hamilton Program for Schizophrenia - Cottage Studio - 70 James St

A Consumer Art Program that promotes mental health and the artistic realization of its members.This program is offered through Hamilton Program for Schizophrenia (HPS) and is open to anyone with a mental health diagnosis.

Hamilton Program for Schizophrenia - 20 Hughson St

A comprehensive community-based treatment and rehabilitation program dedicated to helping people with schizophrenia, through case management services, rehabilitation programs, and psychiatric care.

Schizophrenia Society of Ontario - Hamilton / Niagara Region

Mission is to improve the quality of life for families affected by mental illness. Family is defined by caring relationships between people with schizophrenia, relatives, friends, and other individuals in a supportive capacity.
Offers a free monthly IDEAS Family Support Group highlighting Information, Decision Making, Empowerment, Advocacy, and Support with guest speakers, and speakers with lived experience. Includes topics such as Effective Communication Strategies, Relapse Prevention, and Henson Trusts.

St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Schizophrenia Outpatient Clinic (SOC) - Schizophrenia Outpatient Clinic

An outpatient program for individuals living with schizophrenia or related psychotic disorders. Program model is collaborative and person-centered, and offers assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation with a focus on self-management and recovery. A part of the Schizophrenia & Community Integration Service (SCIS).

St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Schizophrenia & Community Integration Service (SCIS) - West 5th Campus, Level 2, Block D

Provides person-centred, specialized mental health care for people with schizophrenia and related illnesses. Multi-disciplinary teams work in partnership with clients, caregivers, and other health care providers. Service is offered in inpatient, transitional, and outpatient programs.

Programs include:
- Assertive Community Treatment Teams (ACTT) serving different regions
- Centralized Rehabilitation
- Community Treatment Order (CTO) Program
- Early Psychosis Intervention Program (EPI)
- Family Education Program for Schizophrenia (FEP)
- Homes for Special Care (HSC)
- Patient and Family Collaborative Support Service
- Psychotic Disorders Teams (PDT)
- Schizophrenia Inpatient Units
- Schizophrenia Outpatient Clinic (SOC, formerly Community Schizophrenia Service)
- Therapeutic Recreation
- Transitional Outpatient Program of the Schizophrenia Service (TOPSS)
- Vocational Assessment
- Vocational Counselling

St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Family Education Program for Schizophrenia - West 5th Campus, Level 2, Block D

Provides information about schizophrenia, problem-solving techniques, crisis, and communication skills. Also provides family members with the opportunity to develop emotional and social support outside the immediate family. Part of the Centralized Rehabilitation Resource Clinic of the Schizophrenia & Community Integration Service (SCIS).

Intensive Case Management Access Coordination

Provides a single point of access to mental health intensive case management services provided by Canadian Mental Health Association, City of Hamilton Mental Health and Outreach Team (Community Mental Health Promotion Program), Hamilton Program for Schizophrenia (HPS), and Hamilton Mental Health Outreach.

Intensive Case Management Access Coordination

Provides a single point of access to mental health intensive case management services provided by Canadian Mental Health Association, City of Hamilton Mental Health and Outreach Team (Community Mental Health Promotion Program), Hamilton Program for Schizophrenia (HPS), and Hamilton Mental Health Outreach.

Adelaide's Residence

Rest and retirement home (subsidized). The capacity of this residence is 32 guests: 24 subsidized and 8 private. Residence provides a safe environment for people with disabilities eg.- schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, ABI, developmental disabilities, depression.

Adelaide's Residence

Rest and retirement home (subsidized). The capacity of this residence is 32 guests: 24 subsidized and 8 private. Residence provides a safe environment for people with disabilities eg.- schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, ABI, developmental disabilities, depression.

Adelaide's Residence

Rest and retirement home (subsidized). The capacity of this residence is 32 guests: 24 subsidized and 8 private. Residence provides a safe environment for people with disabilities eg.- schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, ABI, developmental disabilities, depression.

Joseph Brant Hospital - Community Mental Health Outpatient Services - Phoenix Program Early Intervention Service for Psychosis - Burlington - Joseph Brant Community Health Centre (Brant Centre)

The Phoenix Program is a mental health outpatient, community based program for Halton residents age 14 to 35 who are experiencing early stages of psychosis
* clinical partnership between Halton Healthcare, Joseph Brant Hospital, North Halton Mental Health Clinic, ADAPT and the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario

Services include:
* rapid psychiatric assessment
* treatment based on individual concerns/goals including education about psychosis
* assistance with work, school, social and leisure activities
* specialized support to family and friends
* addictions counselling
* community program referral and illness management instruction after discharge