The Quiet Room: A Journey Out of the Torment of MadnessPaperback
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- Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
- Format: Paperback | 288 pages
- Dimensions: 132mm x 202mm x 22mm | 260g
- Publication date: 1 July 1996
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0446671339
- ISBN 13: 9780446671330
- Edition statement: Warner Books.
- Sales rank: 53,086
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. Now 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. In this new addition, Lori Schiller recounts the dramatic years following the original publication - a period involving addiction, relapse and ultimately, love and recovery. Moving, harrowing, and ultimately uplifting, THE QUIET ROOM is a classic testimony to the ravages of mental illness and the power of perserverance and courage.
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