EPISODES OF SCHIZOPHRENIA
By Jen Robinson & Jessica Leach
Episodes describes the subjective experience of an episode of psychosis, from the point view of Jen Robinson, now a writer and advocacy worker for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), in the US. She takes us through her own experience of Schizoaffective disorder, including the medications, their side effects and about how she eventually learned to manage her illness. We also debunk some of the myths of Schizophrenia, look at the biological and social theories and explore Schizophrenia in its philosophical and historical context.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Jennifer Robinson is a mental health advocate, freelance writer, and working college student in Clearwater, Florida. She has been in recovery from Schizoaffective Disorder for seven years, since being properly diagnosed in 2005. She went from being repeatedly homeless to living in her own apartment for the past six years, thanks to medications and therapy. An active member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Jennifer speaks publicly about living with mental illness to audiences of students, community groups, family members, and mental health professionals, and also speaks to law enforcement officers through the Pinellas County Crisis Intervention Team trainings held twice each year. She invites you to read her blog at Suicidal No More: Choosing to Live with Schizoaffective Disorder at www.suicidalnomore.com.
Jessica Leach is an illustrator living in the UK. After studying the science behind Schizophrenia, she wanted to know what it actually felt like to suffer from the illness. She found Jen’s blog about living with Schizoaffective disorder, whose generous and expressive descriptions of living with Schizoaffective disorder gave the basis for the book, Episodes of Schizophrenia.
Kathleen P Robinson says
Jennifer was my Daughter. She was a prolific writer and champion of women’s right and rights for the mentally ill. Jennifer passed on in 2017. She helped a lot of people with her blog Suicidal No More and was an involved advocate for the mentally ill as she experienced this herself. She is very much missed