David and Lisa / Jordi / Little Ralphie and the Creature
David and Lisa / Jordi / Little Ralphie and the Creature Author:Theodore Issac Rubin Drawing on more than thirty years' experience as a practicing psychiatrist, Dr. Rubin shows the reader the heartrending and hope-filled stories of emotionally disturbed children as they struggle to make it through each day. — To his two classic stories in the literature of psychology, Lisa and David and Jordi, Dr.. Rubin has now added Little Ralp... more »hie and the Creature. together they demonstrate the power of love and its ability to heal.
Meet these four extraordinary young people as they search for a place and time in the world where is it safe to be themselves.
David: Extremely intelligent, with extraordinary abilities in math, physics, and chess. He is passionately interested in clocks. he cannot bear to be touched, in petrified of germs and human contact. Suffers overwhelming panic attacks and obsessive-compulsive behavior.
Lisa: Schizophrenic who must constantly speak in singsong rhymes to avoid losing herself to Muriel--her moody, brooding, scowling, silent other self.
Jordi: Schizophrenic, with autistic tendencies. He's afraid of garbage cans, all garbage cans, because he believes them to be ears. Ears that will hear him. Only his "jiggler"--a doorknob tied to a long string--can offer him an comfort or protection.
Little Ralphie: Actue schizophrenic reaction--catatonic type. Ralphie hides in alternate realties to escape his unbearable pain.« less
This collection of stories is touching, and not as disturbing as you may expect to get a glimpse into a schizophrenic mind. I loved that the central theme of the stories showed therapists giving extra attention and care, that helped them to break through and relate to their patients.
This is a quick read on a very interesting subject.
This was a three-novellas-in-one I found at a used bookstore on Friday and finished the same day. It wasnt bad, but it wasnt memorable, either. If you want to read about children with emotional disturbances, read anything by Torey Hayden. Shes a more exciting writer, and her books are thicker.