Book cover - Loving a Schizophrenic: A true story of love, loyalty and courage
NLB Call No.: FER (Singapore Collection)
ISBN: 9810516762

From the back cover blurb:

“… a true story of Soo Mei and Daniel and how their love and devotion triumphs over her lifelong battle with schizophrenia… this book chronicles the trials and tribulations of their courtship and 30-year marriage and provides an insightful peek into caring for a loved one stricken with mental illness.”

A Singaporean’s account of how he coped with his wife’s depression and schizophrenia, as well as his own subsequent bouts with depression. It also describes their courtship, the initial objections to their inter-racial romance, and other difficulties that they experienced along the way.

The author has since revealed that the names Soo Mei and Daniel were pseudonyms for his wife and himself. References:

Quote from the author’s introduction in the book:

“… just like AIDS victims, mental patients too should not be isolated, shunned and discriminated against. I hope Loving a Schizophrenic, seen through the eyes of Daniel, will demystify mental illness and raise greater awareness of the needs of those who struggle with their minds’ demons.

Just as important, I would like to show that their caregivers also need support and understanding as they struggle against tremendous odds and challenges to create a safe world for their afflicted beloved ones.”