By Lori Schiller
It is brilliant book, very informative, from the views of different persons (the patient herself, parents, brother, close friend/housemate during the onset, attending psychiatrist etc). It gave me a feeling that I could go into her head and understand, for example, why certain patients who clearly do hear voices denied it so strongly; how one might interpret those voices, so differently from practitioners’ way. In addition, it suggests the insight of how immediate family members handle the fact that their closed one is a “schizophrenic”, and not just pretending, manipulating or attention seeking.
Also here’s a great quote from her psychiatrist,
A long time ago I realized that, as psychiatrists, we had to have a healthy respect for our own humanness, and our own smallness in the face of what we were dealing with. If a person got better, we could appreciate that we had done a great job, but we also needed to realize that God – or luck – was on our side. If the person got worse, we had to keep ourselves from feeling that we hadn’t done enough. For the truth is, we were powerless in so many of these situations. We did what we could, but sometimes the illness was just bigger than we were.
And from the mother,
How many times over the past few years had I wondered why we had fought so hard to keep Lori alive. She was so miserable. She was so unhappy. She was only staying alive to please us. …
Core principles of muscle relaxation:
- Non-doing: you can’t do muscle relaxation. It is a ceasing of doing. A ceasing of effort.
- There is always a deeper level of relaxation (people underestimate how much they can relax)
Here is a recording of muscle relaxation skills training:
Muscle Relaxation Recording (English)
It starts around 6 seconds later. Basically you will be asked to tense various muscle groups in turn, then relax them as deeply as possible.
In general only a few practice of this would be sufficient to develop awareness of muscle tension during the day, then you can just use the cue words (in the recording) to relax any muscle group during exhalation any time of the day, anywhere once you notice the tension. This means that you will not need this guided audio in the long run.