Defying Mental Illness: Finding Recovery with Community Resources and Family Support

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Revised and updated for 2014. Defying Mental Illness is a plain-language guide to recovery from mental illness. Its strengths-based approach makes mental health disorders and treatment understandable. Covers schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, autism, suicide prevention, childhood mental illness and more.

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About Paul Komarek

Paul Komarek is an author and consultant with a comeback story. After bipolar disorder wiped out his legal career, Paul rebuilt his life around his strengths as a writer, teacher and policy expert. He works on tough social issues, including criminal justice reform, education of children with disabilities, violence prevention, addiction treatment, and health care for the poor.

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Defying Mental Illness is the first book to focus on recovery, not on how to have your disease. "Provides what's needed most."—NAMI Advocate

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Review by: Randye Kaye on Dec. 05, 2011 : star star star star star
Someone in my family has a mental illness.
What are the symptoms?
What is a guardianship?
How do we navigate the waters of Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid, and involuntary commitment?
Where do we turn?
How can we help?

If you've been looking for one book that contains well-organized answers to these and many more questions, for both people diagnosed with mental illness and for those who want to be a part of recovery, then this is for you. Authors Paul Komarek and Andrea Schroer pool their expertise as professionals who have navigated these waters to create a wonderful resource for families looking for concrete, accessible information.

They state, in the introduction, that the goal was to write "a book that is not too technical, and suitable for community outreach work." This they have accomplished - and more.

Many who have written to me after reading "Ben Behind His Voices" have expressed gratitude for the way we share our story, and for the resources included as the drama unfolds; many have also asked for more. For them, I think this book is an excellent companion. It is well-researched, well-written, and clear. My congratulations and thanks to the authors for providing an accessible manual that I can recommend as a concrete resource to anyone needing clear guidelines about mental illness, its effect on the family, and the recovery process.Randye Kaye, author of Ben Behind His Voices: One Family's Journey from the Chaos of Schizophrenia to Hope
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Randye Kaye on Dec. 05, 2011 : (no rating)
Someone in my family has a mental illness.
What are the symptoms?
What is a guardianship?
How do we navigate the waters of Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid, and involuntary commitment?
Where do we turn?
How can we help?

If you've been looking for one book that contains well-organized answers to these and many more questions, for both people diagnosed with mental illness and for those who want to be a part of recovery, then this is for you. Authors Paul Komarek and Andrea Schroer pool their expertise as professionals who have navigated these waters to create a wonderful resource for families looking for concrete, accessible information.

They state, in the introduction, that the goal was to write "a book that is not too technical, and suitable for community outreach work." This they have accomplished - and more.

Many who have written to me after reading "Ben Behind His Voices" have expressed gratitude for the way we share our story, and for the resources included as the drama unfolds; many have also asked for more. For them, I think this book is an excellent companion. It is well-researched, well-written, and clear. My congratulations and thanks to the authors for providing an accessible manual that I can recommend as a concrete resource to anyone needing clear guidelines about mental illness, its effect on the family, and the recovery process.Randye Kaye, author of Ben Behind His Voices: One Family's Journey from the Chaos of Schizophrenia to Hope
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: malcolmgato on Oct. 20, 2011 : star star star star star
This is an excellent book to be used by any "layperson" to gain knowledge on various mental issues. It not only makes things clear, it also tells where and how to find assistance. I give this book my highest recommendation.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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