Having empathy towards mental illness is of utmost important. Sadly, it’s not always the easiest thing to do.
One of the most difficult mental illness to identify with is Schizophrenia. It’s a tricky and dangerous illness. It’s one that requires a lot of love, support, and understanding to get through. Because schizophrenia can be so hard to identify with, doctors, and researchers take unique means to help people understand the struggles of this severe mental illness.
Schizophrenics hear strange and odd voices. In a way, they’re never alone. Their inner consciousness is always there to keep them company. That voice inside their head is reliably available for conversation. These intensely personal and comforting self-to-self dialogues are splayed across the humdrum of a typical day. “I think I’ll wear the red tux to my date tonight.” “Enchiladas: that’s what I want for lunch.” “Oh my gosh, cute puppies!”
For the majority of schizophrenics, this dreadful plight is a vexing regularity. Fortunately, schizophrenia is rare, but that’s no consolation to the 24 million people afflicted with the condition. Moreover, there is limited understanding of its underlying causes, and treatments — often in the form of antipsychotics — are far from perfect, presenting their own loaded plate of perturbing side effects.
An example of such an undertaking is portrayed in the video below. It is an artificial psychotic episode. The video is as informative as it is disturbing. To create the video, actual patients were interviewed and the video is a compilation of what they regularly experience.
So, whenever you see someone acting strange on the street, just remember this video! Mind you, the world needs more empathy like this.
So, take a peek at the life of Schizophrenics, where surprises are aplenty!