The Story of Lori Schiller Book Review by Nicky

A review and discussion on the book "The Quiet Room: A Journey Out of the Torment of Madness" by Lori Schiller and Amanda Bennett.
# 149992 | 2,056 words | 1 source | MLA | 2012 | US
Published on Jan 17, 2012 in Literature (American) , Psychology (Disorders)

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The paper discusses Lori Schiller's true account of her struggles with schizophrenia since she was a teenager. The paper describes her symptoms, attempts at suicide, hospitalization and her behaviors that were counterproductive to her treatment and her cure. The paper looks at the illness' effects on her family and friends and the difficulties they endured in caring for her. The paper points out that today, she has a successful life, and even teaches at New York Hospital, a real success story out of what was a miserable life.

From the Paper:

"This book, written by the patient and a writer, is the real story of Lori Schiller, a schizophrenia patient who managed to conquer, or manage, her disease. She writes powerfully of how the illness affected her and her family, and what how it affected her life. Her experiences began with hearing "Voices" in her head and these voices rarely disappear from her mind. She writes, "Sometimes those Voices have been dormant. Sometimes they have been overwhelming. At times over the years they have nearly destroyed me. Many times over the years I was ready to give up, believing they had won" (Schiller and Bennett 7). She began hearing these voices when she was 17 and working in a summer camp. Initially, she heard the voices in her head at night, when she was trying to sleep. To escape them, she jumped all night on a trampoline, and then tried to act "normal" during the day. The camp owner recognized something was wrong, and sent her home, and that was the moment that changed her life, and the lives of her family, as well.
"She makes it very clear that the illness affected her quality of life, and the normalcy of her life. She writes, "Along the way I have lost many things: the career I might have pursued, the husband I might have married, the children I might have had" (Schiller and Bennett 7). She has managed the disease in later life, and has even managed to begin working and dating, but she lost eighteen years of her life to the disease, and that changed her as a person, and it changed her family, too."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Schiller, Lori, and Amanda Bennett. The Quiet Room: A Journey Out of the Torment of Madness. New York: Warner Books, 1994.

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