The Quiet Room

The Quiet Room

A Journey Out of the Torment of Madness

Book - 1994
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Moving, harrowing, and ultimately uplifting, Lori Schiller's memoir is a classic testimony to the ravages of mental illness and the power of perseverance and courage.

At seventeen Lori Schiller was the perfect child-the only daughter of an affluent, close-knit family. Six years later she made her first suicide attempt, then wandered the streets of New York City dressed in ragged clothes, tormenting voices crying out in her mind. Lori Schiller had entered the horrifying world of full-blown schizophrenia. She began an ordeal of hospitalizations, halfway houses, relapses, more suicide attempts, and constant, withering despair. But against all odds, she survived.

In this personal account, she tells how she did it, taking us not only into her own shattered world, but drawing on the words of the doctors who treated her and family members who suffered with her.

*Includes reading group guide*
Publisher: New York : Warner Books, ©1994.
ISBN: 9780446671330
9780446517775
0446517771
Characteristics: xiii, 270 pages ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Bennett, Amanda

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AdrienneC
Jul 30, 2005

Diagnosed at twenty-three with schizophenia, author Lori Schiller recounts the harrowing tale of her illness and treatment after years of living with inescapable Voices -- auditory hallucinations -- both inside and outside of institutions. This is a book, above all, of survival, not recovery, because without daily medication Schiller would return to full-blown schizophrenia. Horrifying, frustrating and inspirational in turns, THE QUIET ROOM gives readers a very authentic look into mental illness and the struggles experienced not only by patients but also by their family members and their therapists.

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