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The Quiet Room: A Journey Out of the Torment of Madness

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  4,706 ratings  ·  228 reviews
In the bestselling tradition of The Bell Jar and I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, this is the electrifying story of one woman's descent into madness--and her courageous, triumphant struggle to rejoin the real world. To re-create Lori's harrowing story, coauthor Bennett drew on Lori's personal diaries as well as intimate interviews with relatives, friends, and doctors.
Hardcover, 270 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by Warner Books (first published 1994)
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Kerry Miller
This book was (I imagine heavily) co-written, and as a result, it doesn't pack the emotional punch of books such as The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness, Girl, Interrupted, or Lying: A Metaphorical Memoir.

I was also annoyed by the way the book was framed as a story of personal “triumph” and “courage” (to quote the book's jacket copy). Obviously, Lori Schiller was extremely lucky to have to the emotional and financial support she needed to forge a life where, in her words, “it is I


^^That's how this book made me feel. I can give it nothing less than 5 stars because I don't think that you can "rate" a non-fiction. I wish it were fiction. I wish schizophrenia were fiction.

You know, one time I attended a NAMI meeting. National Alliance on Mental Illness. It's suppose to be for the family members of those with mental illness. Their motto is: "You are not alone in this fight". After going to that meeting, I had nev
The majority of people with schizophrenia remain too cognitively disorganized to disclose their innermost thoughts and impressions of their illness, so the fact that such a brash, yet cohesive, account exists is fascinating in itself. As someone who hopes to work with individuals with mental illness, I unearthed many tidbits that are useful for clinical practice-- from how the quiet room served as a blank white canvas onto which she sprayed her internal chaos onto, exacerbating the terror, to ho ...more
May 02, 2009 K rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone with an interest in schizophrenia, not only mental health profesionals
Recommended to K by: Frumasara (her to-read list, actually)
Many of us realize (occasionally, at least) that we take our physical health for granted, but does it ever enter our consciousness how much we take our psychological health for granted? Imagine being a perfectly normal young adult from a happy family and privileged background, popular and headed for success, and suddenly hearing voices that no one hears, frightening and extremely real-sounding, so that it becomes harder and harder to distinguish between what's real and what isn't. Gradually, you ...more
It’s no secret I like memoirs by people who have mental illness, but The Quiet Room goes deep. Lori Schiller is schizophrenia and manic depression (bi-polar) and the way she is able to write about her disorders brings great insight. She doesn’t remember it all and parts she felt were important that she didn’t remember she had family members or doctors write what she was like during that time. She hears voices and experiences mood swings, she lived a normal life at first with these issues, she gr ...more
I am reading this to help me gain insight into my sister's mental illness. Unfortunately, the author has schizo-affective disorder while my sister is paranoid-schizophrenic and it is obvious from the early part of the book (I am about 1/2 through) that there are significant differences. The book is poorly written and not as insightful as I would have hoped. It doesn't answer many obvious questions. For example, I've often wondered about the voices. Are they the voices of people she knows? Are th ...more
This was a poorly written book. I got so tired of hearing from her family, who in multiple chapters kept repeating over and over how this illness stole their daughter away from their perfect upper middle class life. I get it- no one expected it, she was supposed to go to college and get married and have kids. But it was every freaking time they talked. I think the book being written by two people, and making such heavy use of writing and words that originally belonged to others, contributed to i ...more
Interesting read. A couple thoughts I had throughout:
1) The author had MONEY and a supportive and educated family. Terrifying to consider what her situation would have been like without either of these things.
2) Of course, sadness. So much lost potential.
3) In Lori's case, was therapy really doing any good? Seems that there was little "journey" out of madness, just life with and without medication; once the medication was introduced, the problems diminished quite a bit.
4) How has the treatment
Miranda  Nelson
I really enjoyed this book. I liked how it was a true story and gave an accurate depiction of someone who lives with schizophrenia. However, it wasn't an easy read. It was tough to look inside Lori's brain and see the torment that she endured for years and years. She went from being a normal kid with a normal life and the next day she began hearing the voices. Throughout the story, it had to be told from different points of view like her mother, father, and friend. This was because at some point ...more
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"Maybe she would be better off dead." This is the heartbreaking consideration of the parents of Lori Schiller, a woman who, at the age of about 22, begins to exhibit symptoms of schizo-affective disorder. After years and years of treatment, hospitalization, drugs, a halfway house, discharges from facilities and therapy, her parents (and Lori herself) begin to wonder what kind of quality of life she can ever have. This book a collaborative narartive of her life and experience of a debilitating me ...more
Aku baca edisi Indonesianya, "The Voices of Demons: Suara-Suara Iblis" terbitan Qanita (2006)

Judul asli : The Quite Room : A Journey Out of The Torment of Madness
Penulis : Lori Schiller dan Amanda Bennet
Penerjemah : Edrijani
Penyunting : Berliani M.Nugrahani
Penerbit : Qanita
Cetakan : 1 Okober 2006
Tebal :
Skizofrenia adalah sejenis penyakit jiwa yang ditandai oleh ketidakacuhan dan halusinasi yang cenderung bersifat destruktif. Para penderitanya selalu merasa dihantui waham (pikiran-pikiran/prasan
Grace Jensen
Jul 22, 2013 Grace Jensen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any one dealing with mental health issues, their families, and those who care for them.
Recommended to Grace by: garage sale
Shelves: garage-sale-find
If you were tempted to pick up Girl, Interrupted, I would recommend this instead. I couldn't put it down once I started, even though it was rich with truth.
This doesn't glamorize mental illness, like some literature tends to do. Instead it reads almost like a documentary. Each person (her, her parents, siblings, and doctor) is honest, sometimes uncomfortably so, and it builds respect and trust reading it. I found myself rooting for Lori, wanting to yell at the book, encourage her and help her a
Jennifer Brueggeman
i read this book in two days. I empathized with the main character and I thought it a beautiful narrative on how a person with mental illness can feel ostracized. I am a firm believer that our society needs to take the stigma away from mental illness and treat mental disease like any other disease. This is the best book I have read in a very long time!
Debbie "DJ" Wilson
This is a true story of the authors journey through and with schizophrenia. I liked how it was told from the various viewpoints of her family, psychiatrists, and her own perspective. I loved the authors writing and how she was able to take me into her world. The experience is something I cannot imagine living. I now have a new understand of how this disease affects everyone in the sufferers life. How it has a sudden onset in the late teens and destroys all connections to the outside world. Voice ...more
This was an astounding look into the mind of a woman suffering from both schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. For anyone who enjoyed Marya Hornbacher, you should definitely give this one a read.
One of best books I have read about schizophrenia. I am an experienced psych nurse. I read the book after meeting the author Lori in person.
A fascinating account of a woman born into an ambitious family, intelligent, accepted to an Ivy League university, who finds herself disturbed by Voices and experiencing wild mood swings. Her description of what goes on inside her head gives insight into the incredible challenges involved with living with schizophrenia. She survives the disbelief/denial of her illness by her family and herself, several hopitalizations, and brain-numbing medications, to finally find a medication which allows her ...more
Anthony Gallegos
A very good book from a person who has experienced the ravages of severe mental illness first-hand. As a person who has experienced paranoid-schizophrenia second-hand through my father, I can say that this book captures the realities of schizophrenia at its best and its worst. My father personally knows Lori Schiller and says she is an amazing woman, though anybody reading this book can see this to be true. A definite read for anybody interested in abnormal psychology or a great story about pers ...more
This book was surprisingly insightful besides all of the biographical inserts from those around Lori Schiller during her life. I thought that the formatting although unusual was very well done and added to the tale although at times it detracted from Lori's story as her family members delved into their own psyches and went off o n tangents that felt like they did not add to the story.

I found the dates related to her hospitalizations at times confusing and distracting as I was trying to keep the
Lori Schiller's The Quiet Room is a true story about her development of schizophrenia and how it affects her life. She describes in the book how the illness progressed, starting from her very first signs. In fear of what was happening to her, Schiller found in very difficult to communicate with others about her problem. She hides it so much that her parents are unaware of how big an issue it is until Schiller breaks down during college. Although she faces ups and downs throughout the book, the a ...more
I've spent the last year reading many books about mental health issues for a new aspect to my teaching job. I've found first person and family observations to be the most helpful and interesting, and this book combines both voices. Lori Schiller gives her own insider perspective on her struggle with schizo-affective disorder, but her parents, siblings, friends and professional care providers also share their own perspective on her life. Lori's experiences are shaped by the fact that she does hav ...more
My main motive for reading this book was for research but I also thought I could benefit from getting a peek into the mind of someone who suffers from this affliction. It's one thing to talk about the effects and hypothesize about how a person's life could change so dramatically but its something else entirely to hear about the actual experience form someone in their own words.

As someone who has suffered from Tourettes's Sydrome for most of my life, I felt like I could relate at least on some le
Jeannine Mason
Enlightening, engrossing, and a very sad commentary on how the mentally ill are still viewed today. It was wonderful that Lori Schilling was able to find the help she needed with the right doctors, medication and determination in the end, but how rare is her tale?
When your own family can not come to terms with your disease, how can society? Truly heartbreaking.
An compelling, frightening look into schizophrenia. The writing isn't particularly engaging, but I kept reading to learn more about the disease and find out what happened to the author. Chapters are told from different points of view, including that of her brother, parents, room mate and therapist. This variation strengthened the book considerably.
The good:
It's one of the few books I've seen actually about schizoaffective disorder. I liked how it showed the effect on Lori, her parents, her friend, and her siblings. It's also not an overly polished book of "We found the magic bullet and nothing was ever wrong again!" which many mental illness memoirs fall into. It also doesn't spend a lot of time sounded like a medical textbook.

The bad:
It does take a presumptuous tone that everybody will have endlessly patient family and unlimited financia

A difficult read. A first hand account into the world of schizophrenia (she actually has schizoaffective disorder) told from the view of the woman afflicted with the disease as well as those in her world (her parents, brothers, friends and therapists).

Bilge B
I picked up this book thinking this was a fiction but then I learned that it is not.

Lori gives you an insight of one of the most scariest diseases: schizophrenia. She tells you how it can destroy someone's mind but I was expecting something darker. Instead I read an outstanding story of fight for survival.

Yes, psychological diseases are cruel and scary but Lori managed to buid a life for herself and I think her story is worth reading. She faces a lot of difficulties throughout the book and in th
Aaron Lozano
I could not put this book down! It is an incredible, heart-wrenching, and ultimately redeeming story of struggle and the power of mental illness.
Easily my favorite memoir so far.

This was my first memoir on schizophrenia and it was a captivating one. It sheds a lot of light on the condition, one which we can never truly understand until we hear it from the POV of the patient herself. Lori Schiller details her continuous struggle with schizophrenia and throughout the memoir, POVs from her family members and therapists are also included to give a more complete picture.

Overall, it is a well-organised, well-written and interesting memoir for
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“I didn’t know how to communicate my suffering to anyone else. My anger was returning. I was screaming for help, but the language I was speaking no one seemed to understand. (183)” 15 likes
“I felt hopeless. I was never going to get better. All I was doing was spending time that was really wasted since I was ultimately going to get done what had to be done. Put your finger in a bucket of water and pull it out. The hole left is how much I’d be missed. Killing myself was my job, my responsibility. (131)” 5 likes
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