What You Need to Know about Schizophrenia
by Romeo Vitelli
December 2021, 178pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-7529-8
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Even though schizophrenia only affects about 1 in 100 people, its impact on individuals, families, and society is far greater than you might expect.

Although often depicted as aggressive and unpredictable in movies, people with schizophrenia are actually far more likely to be the victims of violence than perpetrators of it. This book sheds light on the realities of this often misunderstood mental illness.

Schizophrenia is a mental disorder characterized by delusions, hallucinations, and disordered thoughts and behaviors. Although schizophrenia requires lifelong treatment, early intervention can help individuals effectively manage their symptoms. Even so, it can be a challenging condition to navigate for both the patient and their loved ones.

What You Need to Know about Schizophrenia is part of Greenwood’s Inside Diseases and Disorders series. This series profiles a variety of physical and psychological conditions, distilling and consolidating vast collections of scientific knowledge into concise, readable volumes. A list of "top 10" essential questions begins each book, providing quick-access answers to readers’ most pressing concerns. The text follows a standardized, easy-to-navigate structure, with each chapter exploring a particular facet of the topic. In addition to covering such basics as causes, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options, books in this series delve into issues that are less commonly addressed but still critically important, such as effects on loved ones and caregivers. Case illustrations highlight key themes discussed in the book and are accompanied by insightful analyses and recommendations.


  • Approaches the subject in a holistic manner, covering such often-overlooked areas as societal perceptions and impact on family and friends
  • An Essential Questions section provides quick answers to the questions readers are most likely to have and serves as a springboard to explore the content of the book in more detail
  • Case Illustrations provide relatable, real-world examples of concepts discussed in the text
  • An annotated Directory of Resources points readers toward useful books, organizations, and websites, acting as a gateway to further study and research
Romeo Vitelli received his doctorate in clinical/social psychology from York University in Toronto, Ontario, in 1987. After a 15-year career working as a psychologist in a maximum-security prison, he went into full-time private practice in 2003 and has been an avid blogger with Psychology Today and the Huffington Post since 2007. He is the author of five books on clinical psychology and mental health issues. His other publications with Greenwood include Self-Injury: Your Questions Answered, Substance Abuse: Your Questions Answered, and Depression: Your Questions Answered.

Inside Diseases and Disorders

Greenwood’s Inside Diseases and Disorders series explores some of the key diseases and disorders, both physical and psychological, affecting the world today. Each book examines a condition holistically, covering such topics as signs and symptoms, causes and risk factors, diagnosis and management, and prevention. They also address broader issues of vital importance, including the effects on family and friends and medical and societal controversies related to the condition. Every book lists 10 “essential questions” readers are likely to have and features engaging case studies that offer real-world insights.
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