Schizophrenia is a lot more traumatizing to a person than most people realize. People usually perceive the mental illness, schizophrenia, to only having split personalities. One moment you may be you, but then moments later you will act like a completely different person. Schizophrenia is so much more than that and that is what the author is trying to prove. Lori Schiller is co-author of the novel, “The Quiet Room”, in which she describes in great detail, the most horrifying time of her life, but the novel also draws on the words of the doctors that treated her and the family and friends who suffered with her.
Much like most people I also was ignorant to the fact that schizophrenia is a disease that has nothing to do with a person’s upbringing, but accurse when a person’s brain “breaks”, as one of Lori’s doctors put it. A persisting theme throughout the novel is that schizophrenia is not caused by a poor upbringing, in opposition to prior belief. That was one of the things that made it so hard to believe that there was something horribly wrong with Lori. Lori was the perfect child. She succeeded at everything she tried. In high school she was popular, a cheerleader, and a straight A student. She also had
She was even best friends with her mom as a teen and had always been her daddy"tms little girl, her being the only daughter. She made many suicide attempts during the book to get away from the torment of the Voices, but could never go through with the entire plan. If having someone narrate your ever movement while threatening you to hell and hackling you was a relatively good thing; that really painted a picture of the torture she went though with the Voices everyday. This made me very sympathetic towards Lori when she discovered this because it is very unfair that other people can have Voices that didn"tmt make her life miserable, pushing her to suicide, but that they actually enjoyed having around and that made them feel good about themselves. She made another suicide attempt, not being able to take the torture of the Voices. She tried to make them her allies against the staff, but in reality they terrified her. She hallucinated frequently, seeing or hearing things that weren"tmt their (other than the Voices) and had false memories. But mostly he just talked about what she was doing. She also had a very poor long term memory, which she blamed on the shock therapy. For that is what the experience of schizophrenia is like. When she said this, it made me realize the full extent of the Voices"tm toll on her life. Another time in her third hospital she would frequently be sent to the Quiet Room to calm her down after going into a fit. She felt like an outsider and was constantly paranoid that someone hated her and wanted her dead or that she might hurt someone because the Voices influenced a lot of her impulses.