When Quietness Came

When Quietness Came

A Neuroscientist's Personal Journey With Schizophrenia

Book - 2012
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"When Quietness Came is the true story of a young woman studying neuroscience who, in her final undergraduate year, has a psychotic break, attempts suicide and ends up in hospital. Her struggles to get well and to pursue her PhD are described in this book. Her story is geared to people from a variety of backgrounds. As a neuroscientist, Erin reaches out to the medical community who need to hear this side of the patient. As a schizophrenic, she reaches out to others struggling with this disorder, hoping to draw alongside and offer empathy and hope. Finally, she wants the general public, family and friends of people with schizophrenia to be better able to understand and sympathize with those afflicted. Erin Lynne Hawkes was born in New Brunswick. In 2001, while completing a BSc in Biology at Mount Saint Vincent and Dalhousie Universities in Halifax, Nova Scotia, she underwent her first major psychotic break and spent four and a half months in a psychiatric hospital. Nevertheless, she graduated in 2002 with Honours and was recognized with the Hugh Bell award as "most likely to succeed in science." After being chosen for an NSERC scholarship (National Science and Research Council), she moved to Vancouver and earned an MSc in Neuroscience at the University of British Columbia (UBC), despite numerous hospitalizations and medication trials. Employed now in a Neuroscience laboratory at UBC, she has contributed to a number of academic papers and has published two personal pieces in Schizophrenia Bulletin's (3z(BFirst Person Account(3y (Bseries."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Dundas, Ont. : Bridgeross Communications, c2012
Description: 245 p. ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9780987824448
Branch Call Number: 616.898 Haw


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Apr 19, 2013

A very insightful portrayal of mental illness from the patients perspective. Luckily, this author was surrounded, or came upon caring people, not many others are so fortunate. Ideal read, for people n the mental health industry; to perhaps objectify rigid opinions and beliefs that are unhelpful. Amazingly, patients try to ratilonalize absurd thoughts as truth. And, they do think, no matter if it appears they do not. Studies in neuroscience might be helpful in solving why synapses are so low on proteins.
<http://www.shizophreniabulletin.org/>gives other personal accounts as well.

Feb 26, 2013

This very bright young woman, who now works and researches at UBC, shares her struggles with severe schizophrenia. It took so long - about 8 years - before they finally found the right drugs in the right amount to control her symptoms. I am so glad she finally has "quietness" from her Voices and symptoms.

Jan 08, 2013

A moving account of a young woman living with schizophrenia. Thank you Ms. Hawkes for sharing the challenges and struggles of those we as a society often do not understand.

Jan 08, 2013

A revealing account from Erin Hawkes that promotes understanding of schizophrenia and the way it is dealt with. The book is a must read for all who want a first hand account of the thoughts, words, actions and challenges faced by a brave and inspiring young woman. Loved it, thank you Ms. Hawkes.

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