While we have already wrapped up our discussions on schizophrenia in class, I still felt the desire to learn more about the disease. As I was surfing the net, I came upon a relevant video:
The documentary styled episode follows three young adults with schizophrenia.
Josh, a 24-year-old, works part-time in construction and lives in a hotel from Social Security checks. Josh has auditory hallucinations and mentions that he feels and hears animals (who will always respond to him, unlike people). He refuses to take prescription pills and self-medicates with marijuana because he doesn’t “want the voices to fo away because when he’s alone he doesn’t have anybody to talk to.”
Ben, on the other hand, is heavily medicated. The 25-year-old takes a cocktail of drugs (15 pills a day). On one hand, he doesn’t want the threatening voices to return, the side effects of the drugs are quite apparent. Since taking antipsychotics, he has gained a significant amount of weight, his mouth remains uncomfortably dry, and he has a zombie like affect. Ben lives at home with his parents and feels quite useless without a job. He says that he is taking it one day at a time, but “it’s scary what your own brain can do to you.”
Lastly, Amber is a 19 year old sophomore at Hampton University. She was a straight A student until her paranoid schizophrenic symptoms, such as delusions and hallucinations, began to kick in. She is now coming to grips with her illness and trying to find stability.
This True Life episode provided a bit more insight into the life of schizophrenic individuals. Enjoy!