In his new memoir “Paranoid Schizophrenia: My Label, My Life”, author Bruce Venter opens up about his life, including the frightening and difficult events surrounding his struggle with a serious mental illness.
EASTLEIGH, England (PRWEB) May 24, 2013
In his new memoir “Paranoid Schizophrenia: My Label, My Life” (published by AuthorHouse), author Bruce Venter opens up about his life, including the frightening and difficult events surrounding his struggle with a serious mental illness.
“Paranoid Schizophrenia: My Label, My Life” traces the path of Venter’s life experiences from a happy childhood to academic success, to his fateful diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia at 27 years of age. He goes into a detailed discussion about the disruption the diagnosis caused in his life, depicting the effect it had on himself and his family. He also shares with readers his eventual breakthrough, as well as the culmination of his recovery in his late 50s.
“Paranoid Schizophrenia: My Label, My Life” is an important, confessional book for Venter, but he also hopes it has a significant impact on readers. “In today’s society more and more people are being diagnosed with mental illness and despite many advances there remains strong stigma against these people,” he says. “This book was written to lift the misunderstanding and stigma attached to all mental illness, especially paranoid schizophrenia.”
About the Author
Dr. Bruce Venter was born in Zimbabwe. Educated in South Africa, where he obtained a degree in dentistry at the University of Witwatersrand. After one year of compulsory military service working for the Medical Corps in Simonstown, Venter entered private practice. Venter was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia in the late 1970s at the age of 27. “Paranoid Schizophrenia: My Label, My Life” is his memoir of dealing with the diagnosis and how he worked to become rehabilitated and once again a fully functioning member of society. Venter eventually emigrated from South Africa to the United Kingdom where he registered as a dentist, pursuing a special interest in orthodontics until his retirement. He lives in Eastleigh, England, where he spends his time writing and studying music.
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