Schizophrenia - Who Cares? A Fathers Story Audible –

Better Known As A Travel Writer Rather Than A Mental Health Care Campaigner, The Author Of The Original Rough Guide To France And The Rough Guide To Paris Tells The Moving Story Of His Son S And Thus His Own Twenty Year Struggle With Schizophrenia Tim Salmon Believes Passionately That It Needed To Be Told, For The Outside World And He Includes Many Of The Professionals In That Know Little Of The Daily Reality Of Living With Schizophrenia He Dedicates This Frank, No Holds Barred Account To All Those Who Find Themselves In The Same Boat, Both Sufferers And Relatives, All Of Whom, Once This Bizarre Illness Strikes, Find Themselves Thrown Into A Chaotic Situation That Is Always Bewildering And Often As Downright Terrifying As It Is Heartbreaking His Story Includes His Dealings With The Mental Health Care Services, A Pretty Shameful Record Of Incompetence, Buck Passing And Lack Of Communication And Co Ordination And The Mental Health Charities, Whom He Has Not Spared For In Their Devotion To The Sloppy, Evasive Language Of Political Correctness, They Have Dangerously Underplayed The Seriousness Of Real Mental Illness Like Schizophrenia Impressive, Moving, Disturbing Salley Vickers, Author Of Miss Garnet S Angel, The Other Side Of You, The Cleaner Of Chartres A Riveting Read, A Proper Page Turner Reduced Me, On Occasion, To Both Tears And Laughter We Could Do Better Than This Nina Bawden, Novelist, Author Of The Birds On The Trees I Would Recommend This Book For Care Coordinators And Those Interested In Responsive And Engaged Services Leonard Fagin Honorary Senior Lecturer, University College London, And Consultant Psychiatrist, The Psychiatrist A Thought Provoking And Brutally Honest Personal Account Of A Father S Struggle Through The Development Of His Son, Jeremy S, Paranoid Schizophrenia I Thoroughly Enjoyed This Book And Found It Very Difficult To Put Down Declan Hyland, Royal College Of Psychiatry Student Associate NewsletterABOUT THE COVER I D Like Particularly To Thank And Pay To Tribute To My Friend, Adam Grieve He Is A Talented Artist, Who Has Kindly Contributed One Of His Images For Us To Use As The Cover Of This Book He Is A Very Courageous Man Who Has Kept Up His Work As A Painter And Sculptor While Himself Battling For Many Years Against The Difficulties And Distress Caused By Schizophrenia Tim Salmon, August,

10 thoughts on “Schizophrenia - Who Cares? A Fathers Story

  1. says:

    It s hard to rate this book in some ways as I am conflicted On the one hand, I couldn t put it down and read it within 48 hours I think of Tim Salmon as an incredibly brave parent who fought hard to get his son the very best care that he could He shares a very honest account and it almost hurts to read it as I can only imagine the situation he, and his son Jeremy, have lived with for many years As a parent of a teenager, it is incredibly saddening to hear of the hopes and dreams he had for Jeremy when he headed off to University, an intelligent and popular student.On the other hand, I really struggled with some of his comments that I felt were judgemental And contradictory to his beliefs in many ways To complain that somebody with schizophrenia is often viewed in a poor light, but then to be so critical of others was a little shocking Comments about why should his son have anything in common with immigrant social workers taking jobs that other intelligent people didn t want was quite upsetting to read Comments about how he felt he could trust the psychiatric side of his son s treatment as those involved must be well educated to be in that job, but what would those in social care know about the illness were also upsetting Those people he talks of may not be on huge salaries, but they are dedicated, talented and patient people of course there are exceptions, but then there are in medicine too They may be passionate about what they do, possibly due to first hand experiences or working with individuals over many years, so I am sure many have just as much experience, but just from a different side viewpoint I also felt Tim Salmon was wrong to compare illnesses his complaints about the statistics that 1 in 4 people live with a mental health problem were unfair He describes routine depression this is wholly unfair Sure, there are some people who may have had transient bouts of mild depression, but others are debilitated by it, many have lost lives to it Similarly, schizophrenia affects people in many different ways I imagine some people may be able to manage their psychosis quite well, while others may not be able to function effectively in society at all.So overall, his personal account and his bravery and resilience are fascinating, touching and admirable, however, I do feel that Tim Salmon should refrain from being so judgemental about others I recommend reading this book to get a real understanding of what living with schizophrenia is like and it is fascinating to learn about his opinions on the external aspects of care surrounding his family experience even if on many occasions I found them to be quite naive and uncultured for a travel writer.

  2. says:

    Generally, I leave 5 star ratings for books that change my life or influence my thinking in some positive way Thankfully, I do not have schizophrenia and the role of mental illness in my life is peripheral at this time Given this, it would be hard to say that the book, Schizophrenia Who Cares, would have a direct influence on my life It did, however, influence my thinking and generated both an increase in awareness and a sense of the desperate need of funding and appropriate, practical and sustainable treatment of the individual with schizophrenia.I work within a public school setting and so can empathize with lack of funding, critical decisions made by administrators with an eye to money and no real training or experience in the area they are cutting funds to or insisting must be enhanced And so it seems as well with the treatment of individuals with schizophrenia in the area where Mr Salmon lives.He asks hard questions He cuts through the Newspeak of political correctness and it s source very effectively He recognizes and reveals the bureaucratic indifference and incompetence which takes away the very dollars which Newspeak and care in the community were invented to save And he presents the sad, tragic and sometimes deadly consequences of the everyone is on a recovery journey mantra used to push those without survival skills back into the world that sent them into hospital in the first place.The let s cut the crap approach offends some many , particularly those in the higher levels of administration whose job description seems to be to deny the true nature of mental illness and to replace it with nomenclature which both allows the financial cutting of corners and achievable goals which allow institutions to, literally, discharge ill patients with a handshake and a good luck This approach is not appreciated by all, however, and Mr Salmon includes some of the hilarious and, ultimately, head shake worthy comments handed to him over the decades All in all, a good but troubling read.

  3. says:

    Tim Salmon tells it like it is The state of Health Services everywhere, especially for the mentally ill, is very discouraging Jeremy is one of the lucky few who has had someone to stand up for him I m glad he was doing better at the end of the book I d love to know how he is doing now

  4. says:

    Actually pretty good Heartbreaking story of a fathers relentless voyage to help his schizophrenic son Very well written I would definitely recommend this.

  5. says:

    The story did not hold my interest perhaps it was the voice used to write the story At times there was things that distracted me from the story things I didn t feel I needed to know to understand the illness of schizophrenia.

  6. says:

    Insightful, but I lost interest before the end.