Memoir - Steve Colori

Memoir

Experiencing & Overcoming Schizoaffective Disorder

In  this powerful memoir, 17-Time Oxford University Medical Journals  Contributor, McLean Hospital Harvard Resident  Doctors’ Lecturer, and Good Men’s Project Columnist Steve Colori courageously articulates his experience of facing and overcoming  schizoaffective disorder. His personal narrative gives readers insight  into the true nature of the illness, providing a lucid description of  symptoms such as hallucinations, paranoia, OCD, suicidal thoughts,  bipolar disorder, mania, insomnia, family issues, and social  dysfunction. Colori explains how he worked through all these symptoms  and resolved them. He tells the reader why, at one point, he decided to  stop taking medication; and shows why he later changed his mind and  permanently resumed taking medication. The book also details a number of  therapies that Colori utilized to overcome the disorder—such as talk  therapy, journaling, and exposure therapy— which eventually enabled him  to advance far beyond recovery.

Steve  Colori has published sixteen essays with Oxford Medical Journals; he  has written for McLean Hospital since 2011; he has a column with The  Good Men’s Project in their Health and Wellness Section titled “Steve  Colori Talks Mental Health”. Steve is currently a counselor at McLean  hospital and has lectured McLean’s Harvard Resident Doctors quarterly  since 2012; he lectures at Simmons College Graduate School of Social  Work; he has lectured at NAMI GBCAN Boston; and he has also lectured at  Mass General Hospital’s “Schizophrenia Day”.

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Reviews

Should be Mandatory for Medical and Nursing Students

“The author writes from his personal experiences in a style that clearly helps the reader understand the vast challenges of dealing with Schizoaffective disorder. Fascinating that he was aware of mental processing issues very early in life, but compensated quite well until early adulthood. His willingness to share the details of numerous spirals and the difficult battles to regain clarity explain the disorder better than any textbook I have seen in 40 years of nursing practice.”

Brenda Gray

Re-writes the Book on What We All Thought We Knew About Schizophrenic Disorder

“This book is a genuine account of Schizoaffective Disorder by a young man who as has come through the worst of it and has the strength and courage to face it daily and challenge its power over him. Its authenticity truly touched me.”

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Excerpt

Chapter 7: Talk Therapy & Journaling

Medication was useful for stabilizing me  and limiting some of my symptoms, but talk therapy has been the most  important medicine for helping me cure my mental illness. I discovered  that the roots of my problems were negative and traumatic psychological  experiences, some of which had happened during my episodes, and others  that had happened earlier in my life, due to the difficulty of growing  up with a cognitive impairment. Talking about issues enabled me to find  relief from ailments lodged in my subconscious which were affecting me  constantly.

When I began talk therapy I was having difficulty  speaking even the shortest of sentences. I made enough progress to gain  employment in telephone customer service. Eventually I became  comfortable speaking to anyone, and I currently enjoy a vibrant social  life. The first thing my talk therapist did was develop rapport. I was  in talk therapy because I had many deeply traumatizing experiences that I  needed to disclose and analyze in detail. It was already difficult  enough to face the issues that frightened and traumatized me the most,  without having to relate them to someone who seemed to be judging me for  having them. My episodes and the years I’d lived through left me with  negative emotions such as anxiety and fear, and an important part of  therapy was determining the thoughts causing these emotions.

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