Recommended Reading

Here are some of the best resources that we have found on mental illness to help you get beyond the clinical and technical information and into the real-life experiences you can relate to.

To Cry a Dry TearTo Cry a Dry Tear: Bill MacPhee’s journey of hope and recovery with schizophrenia
by Bill MacPhee

If you ever wondered what goes on in the mind of someone who is out of reality, this is the book that will give you a clear, vivid understanding of schizophrenia. Bill has shared many of his original nursing notes as well as his psychiatrist notes and treatment regimen.

BehindTheWall_Behind the Wall: The true story of mental illness as told by parents
by Mary Widdifield

These seven true stories told by nine parents were selected from interviews conducted by sisters, Mary and Elin Widdifield, and interwoven with one sister’s own experiences. Told with remarkable candor, these stories offer more insight than any single story or academic analysis.


SurvivingSchizophreniaSurviving Schizophrenia
by E. Fuller Torrey

In clear language, this much-praised and important book describes the nature, causes, symptoms, treatment and course of schizophrenia and also explores living with it from both the patient and the family’s point of view.

WelcomeSilenceWelcome Silence
by Carol North

This is the amazing true story of one woman’s journey deep into mental illness and her return to sanity — and to a successful life and career.


NotSickI Am Not Sick and I Don’t Need Help: How to help someone with mental illness accept treatment
by Xavier F. Amador

About 50% of all people with schizophrenia and manic-depression do not understand that they are ill and refuse treatment. Whether you are a family member or a therapist, in this book you will find hope in what the new research is revealing about the problem of poor insight into illness.

SZforDummiesSchizophrenia for Dummies
by Jerome Levine

The firsthand advice will empower the families and caregivers of schizophrenia patients to take charge, offering expert advice on identifying the warning signs, choosing the right health professional, understanding currently available drugs and those on the horizon (as well as their side effects), and evaluating traditional and alternative therapies.