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During his second semester at college, Kurt Snyder became convinced that he was about to discover a fabulously important mathematical principle, spending hours lost in daydreams about numbers and symbols. In time, his thoughts took a darker turn, and he became preoccupied with the idea that
cars were following him, or that strangers wanted to harm him. Kurt''s mind had been hijacked by schizophrenia, a severe mental disorder that typically strikes during the late teen or young adult years.
In Me, Myself, and Them, Kurt, now an adult, looks back from the vantage point of recovery and eloquently describes the debilitating changes in thoughts and perceptions that took hold of his life during his teens and twenties. As a memoir, this book is remarkable for its unvarnished look at the slow
and difficult process of coming back from severe mental illness. Yet Kurt''s memoir is only half the story. With the help of psychiatrist Raquel E. Gur, M.D., Ph.D., and veteran science writer Linda Wasmer Andrews, Kurt paints the big picture for others affected by adolescent schizophrenia. Drawing
on the latest scientific and medical evidence, he explains how to recognize warning signs, where to find help, and what treatments have proved effective. Kurt also offers practical advice on topics of particular interest to young people, such as suggestions on managing the illness at home, school,
and work, and in relationships with family and friends.
Part of the Adolescent Mental Health Initiative series of books written specifically for teens and young adults, My, Myself, and Them offers hope to young people who are struggling with schizophrenia, helping them to understand and manage the challenges of this illness and go on to lead healthy
lives.

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"Like a Sea World underwater view, Me, Myself, and Them provides a riveting peek into the world of schizophrenia for parents like me who yearn for understanding. For young people with schizophrenia, like our son, the book orients a frightening illness. For both families and persons with mental
illness, this book is laced with hope, something in short supply in most other books."-- Mindy Greiling, Minnesota State Representative and Executive Board Member, National Alliance on Mental Illness


"This beautifully told personal story provides an innovative platform for solid information about schizophrenia and its treatment. Highly informative to persons struggling with the onset of psychosis, and to families, friends, and mental health workers who struggle to understand and help."-- William
T. Carpenter Jr., M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology, University of Maryland School of Medicine


"The firsthand account is realistic."-- Jim Greiling, diagnosed with schizophrenia at age 21, now 29 years old


"The authors provide a first rate resource for anyone whose life is touched by schizophrenia. Through solid, easy to understand language, the manuscript provides useful guidance for others coping with this disease. Highly recommended." -- Ming Tsuang, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Psychiatry,
University of California, San Diego


" Me, Myself and Them: A Firsthand Account of One Young Person''s Experience with Schizophrenia is a straightforward and marvelously lucid retelling of Kurt Snyder''s battle with his demons. Not only does it show us the experience of psychosis, it also explains, in jargon-free language, what each
element of that experience means. Compelling and eminently readable, a book like this ought to be required reading for all high school and college students, demystifying as it does an illness all too long shrouded in misunderstanding, confusion, and fear."-- Pamela Spiro Wagner, author of Divided
Minds: Twin Sisters and Their Journey Through Schizophrenia


"I strongly recommend this book to patients, families, clinicians and researchers interested in a first hand account of how schizophrenia changes the way the world looks, feels, and behaves. It is very moving and very informative. From compelling descriptions of changes in mood, cognition and
perception to explanations about how the brain is affected and how drugs work, this brief but detailed personal statement and review of the state of the field is invaluable."-- Daniel R. Weinberger, M.D., Director, Genes, Cognition and Psychosis Program IRP, NIMH, NIH


About the Author


Kurt Snyder is a database administrator for the state of Maryland as well as president of his local volunteer fire department.
Rachel Gur, MD, PhD, is Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where she has acted as Director of the Neuropsychiatry section and the Schizophrenia Research Center.
Linda Wasmer Andrews is a freelance health and psychology writer based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is the coauthor of Monochrome Days: A Firsthand Account of One Teenager''s Experience with Depression as well as the author or coauthor of numerous other books, including Stress Control for Peace of
Mind. Her writing has appeared in magazines such as Self, Parenting, and Psychology Today.

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Reviewed in the United States on September 3, 2018
I bought this book and had it sent to my brother who is in jail over and incident that occoured while he was delusional. He is diagnosed as schizoaffective and has been in and out of hospitals, jails, and prison mainly as a result of his illness. Today I went to visit him... See more
I bought this book and had it sent to my brother who is in jail over and incident that occoured while he was delusional. He is diagnosed as schizoaffective and has been in and out of hospitals, jails, and prison mainly as a result of his illness. Today I went to visit him and he said he received the book I had sent him. He questioned why I had sent him a book on schizophrenia (he has some insight that he has mental health issues) and stated that what he experiencing during his teenage years was due to being schizophrenic, but now (at 24) he is cured. He said he liked the book and the way it was divided into two parts- personal account backed my scientific understanding and research.

I wanted to share my gratitude towards the author for creating much needed material. I’m happy to know that this book has helped, small or big, my brother identify the experiences he has gone through due to his illness. Thank you.
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Angela Pittman
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Excellent. Well written first-hand account
Reviewed in the United States on October 26, 2020
This is an excellent book if you are just learning about schizophrenia. He talks in depth about his own experiences with paranoia, but he also outlines other types of schizophrenia. Also, there is a strong theme of hope throughout the book. I feel grateful to him for... See more
This is an excellent book if you are just learning about schizophrenia. He talks in depth about his own experiences with paranoia, but he also outlines other types of schizophrenia. Also, there is a strong theme of hope throughout the book. I feel grateful to him for writing his story.
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L. Kohr
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Easy to read
Reviewed in the United States on June 4, 2017
Easy to read. I liked the material describing aspects of Schizophrenia and its treatment as well as the personal stories. It gave a lot of information that I found to be accurate (I have Schizoaffective Disorder). Very good book.
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Eunice Salvador
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Easy read and great for my clients
Reviewed in the United States on June 21, 2021
I like this book. As a Mental Health therapist, I use this book with my clients who suffer from schizophrenia. I assign a chapter for homework, we read it together and we discuss it in session.
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Linda Lee Roberts
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Controlling Schizophrenia
Reviewed in the United States on September 28, 2014
This book, about a young person, is also great for adults. Symptoms are the same, therapy and medications are often the same, and it is easy to understand. If your child (no matter what age) has been diagnosed with Schizsophrenia, this book is definitely a must. It... See more
This book, about a young person, is also great for adults. Symptoms are the same, therapy and medications are often the same, and it is easy to understand. If your child (no matter what age) has been diagnosed with Schizsophrenia, this book is definitely a must. It explains what happens in such an understandable way. You will feel like an expert once you read this book, even though I still can never spell the disease perfectly. It''s not an expensive book either. Add this to your library if you want to know what to expect and how to deal with Schitzophrenia. See, I did it again. I need a Websters dictionary.
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Milagros
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Very descriptive
Reviewed in the United States on March 15, 2018
As a person with schizophrenia it was comforting to read about others that have faced the same problem and live happy fulfilling lives. I would recommend this book to youth to read as part of their psychology class or training. It brings a real insight into schizophrenia... See more
As a person with schizophrenia it was comforting to read about others that have faced the same problem and live happy fulfilling lives. I would recommend this book to youth to read as part of their psychology class or training. It brings a real insight into schizophrenia and explains other instances as well as providing resources. I know I’ll be buying this book for my nieces and nephews when they get older
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Chris Chapman
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Good first hand account
Reviewed in the United States on December 16, 2018
This book was very helpful in giving me an understanding of schizophrenia from the affected person ‘s perspective.
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Granny RN
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Accurate and engaging book
Reviewed in the United States on March 19, 2008
As a psych nurse, I found this book to be not only accurate, but very engaging. There are a couple others with different Axis I diagnoses that I''m going to get as well. Thinking of purchasing some for the psych unit to help newly-diagnosed folks understand this isn''t the... See more
As a psych nurse, I found this book to be not only accurate, but very engaging. There are a couple others with different Axis I diagnoses that I''m going to get as well. Thinking of purchasing some for the psych unit to help newly-diagnosed folks understand this isn''t the end of the world, there is hope, and there are others out there who understand.
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rambling rose
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A personnal story well told.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 5, 2014
Interesting personal story giving insight into how a mind works and generates fear in a stressful situation. If unchecked, the imagination can get out of hand and lead to paranoia and chronic insomnia which in turn eventually leads to total breakdown. This is only one part...See more
Interesting personal story giving insight into how a mind works and generates fear in a stressful situation. If unchecked, the imagination can get out of hand and lead to paranoia and chronic insomnia which in turn eventually leads to total breakdown. This is only one part of the book. The rest is a rehash of psychiatry''s traditional approach to what it calls schizophrenia. Nothing new there. Kurt Snyder has been well and truly brainwashed by his doctors in believing in the modern approach to psychosis and underplays the severity of the side effects psychiatric drugs can have as well as the stigma inflicted on those diagnosed with schizophrenia.
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Good
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 19, 2019
Present but enjoyed
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Gillian
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A real insight and well written I understand the condition so much better now.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 14, 2015
A very emotional read I couldn''t put the book down! A real insight and well written I understand the condition so much better now.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 27, 2016
excellent book, concise and clear lived experience account of schizophrenia.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 8, 2016
A very honest account of one mans experience of living with schizophrenia. I enjoyed following his story to the end.
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