An introduction to schizophrenia, part 1 of 2. (14 min)
As we end this first discussion of schizophrenia, we'll be both focusing on what schizophrenia looks and feels like, but also how to distinguish it from "normal" behaviors. Remember, it's a continuum.
Part 1 of a two-part PBS series on schizophrenia. It's dated, but still provides a strong and realistic view of someone with schizophrenia. Gerry is more "organized" in his thinking than many people with this diagnosis, but you'll still notice yourself being confused by the things he says. (8 min)
This is the second of two videos with Gerry. There are two things in this video that are especially interesting to me: (a) his change in functioning across time, and (b) the ways his family responds to him. Do you see these as high expressed emotion or low? (7 min)
CNN's Anderson Cooper tries to go through a normal day using a schizophrenia simulator. Imagine hearing negative voices all day. What would that feel like? How would that affect your mood? Your behavior? Your ability to concentrate? (5 min)
Why schizophrenia? There are many different explanations, including brain deterioration, too much dopamine, genetics, and viruses. Don't think dichotomously. It can be more than one of these. (10 min)
In this interview with John Nash and his son, Johnny, pay attention to the symptoms that both describe—and also notice how much more extreme his son’s symptoms are than his own (that continuum again). Notice some of the behaviors that Johnny, in particular, has that might complicate his relationships and treatment. John Nash won a Nobel Prize in economics and is the subject of the movie, A Beautiful Mind, which is well worth watching. (7 min)
While treatment of schizophrenia has focused on antipsychotics in the last 30 years, don't overlook things like family communication (remember Gerry's family) and skill building. (13 min)