When Quietness Came: A Neuroscientist's Personal Journey with Schizophrenia

Bridgeross Communications
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When Quietness Came is the true story of a young woman studying neuroscience who, in her final undergraduate year, has a psychotic break, attempts suicide and ends up in hospital. Her struggles to get well and to pursue her PhD are described in this book. Her story is geared to people from a variety of backgrounds. As a neuroscientist, Erin reaches out to the medical community who need to hear this side of the patient. As a schizophrenic, she reaches out to others struggling with this disorder, hoping to draw alongside and offer empathy and hope. Finally, she wants the general public, family and friends of people with schizophrenia to be better able to understand and sympathize with those afflicted.
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Bridgeross Communications
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Published on
Dec 31, 2012
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Pages
246
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ISBN
9780987824448
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Psychology / Psychopathology / Schizophrenia
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--Bill MacPhee, Founder/CEO of SZ Magazine
Learn more at www.SusieDunham.org
From the Reflections of America Series at Modern History Press www.ModernHistoryPress.com
PSY022050 Psychology: Psychopathology - Schizophrenia
BIO026000 Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
MED105000 Medical / Psychiatry / General
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