What People Get Wrong About Schizophrenia


Over 30 years ago, Elyn Saks was diagnosed
with schizophrenia. She was told she’d probably live her life
at a care facility watching TV, or maybe find work as a cashier, if she was
lucky. Today she’s a dean at the University of Southern
California law school, a psychoanalyst, and a MacArthur Fellow. Her story reveals just how much we’ve learned about schizophrenia in the past few decades
and about how to treat it. But, there are some myths about schizophrenia that haven’t caught up to the science, so
here’s the truth behind some of them. [INTRO ♪] First, having schizophrenia doesn’t mean you’re
indecisive, or you change your mind a lot, or you have
multiple personalities— which apparently nearly two-thirds of Americans
think is a thing. Maybe they’re thinking that because “schizophrenia” comes from Greek words for “split mind.” But that’s because the patients split from
reality, not themselves. People with schizophrenia often experience
hallucinations: false sensations or perceptions. 65% of patients report hearing voices, for
example, making it one of the most common symptoms. But the hallucinations can also be visual, like seeing movement in the periphery of their
vision, or tactile, like feeling things crawling on
them. And perhaps not surprisingly, patients often
present with delusions as well— false beliefs, like the idea that people are
spying on them. Psychologists think those delusions probably
stem from patients trying to make sense of their unusual
hallucinations. Like, if you’re hearing voices and no one
else is in the room, the idea that there are spies secretly spying
on you doesn’t seem that far-fetched. A patient might even come to believe they’re
someone else. But that’s not the same as having multiple
personalities or switching between them, like with dissociative
identity disorder. There are also other emotional and behavioral
changes that tend to accompany these symptoms, like disorganized thoughts and speech, and
flat affect, where someone basically never shows emotions
outwardly. In extreme cases, schizophrenia can result
in catatonia, which is the inability to move or respond,
although that’s super rare. For decades, people thought that all this
was the result of bad parenting— especially bad mothers. Because of that, the first treatment was usually
to immediately remove the patient from their
family— which isn’t a good idea if the family is
supportive. From the research we’ve done since then, it’s clear that genes play the biggest role. Schizophrenia is about 50% heritable, which means that genetics are fairly predictive— in fact, in identical twin studies, it was
shown that if one identical twin has schizophrenia, there’s a 50/50 chance that the other one
will. And if one of your parents has it, there’s
about a 10% chance that you’ll be diagnosed, too. That makes it one of the most highly heritable
psychological disorders. Your environment can play a role, but it’s not nearly as important as psychologists
used to think. For example, a 2004 study found that children
adopted to a home with lots of conflict and chaotic relationships were more likely to be diagnosed, but that was only if they also had genetic
risk factors, like someone else in their family had it. A rocky home life had no effect on the rate
of diagnosis in the group without genetic risk factors. Which makes sense, now that we know more about what’s actually happening in the brains of
people with schizophrenia. For a long time, schizophrenia was thought
to be caused by too much of the neurotransmitter dopamine
in the brain because drugs that block dopamine helped with
some of the worst symptoms. And the idea seemed to make sense, because floods of dopamine can cause hallucinations— that’s exactly how some psychoactive drugs
work. The trouble is, these drugs sometimes made
other symptoms worse, for reasons that aren’t entirely clear. So more recent research has looked to brain
anatomy to understand the root of the disorder. Specifically, researchers looked at changes
to gray matter, the darker-colored tissue that’s mostly
on the surface of the brain. Everyone loses gray matter between childhood
and adulthood as part of a normal process called synaptic
pruning, where some connections are lost, but the ones
you keep get stronger. But patients with schizophrenia lose a lot
more gray matter. And those losses start in the parietal lobe, an area of the brain that handles sensory
information and some sound processing, among other things, which might help explain the hallucinations. There’s one more persistent myth that needs
to be cleared up: the idea that schizophrenics are wild and
dangerous, and need to be locked up for their own—and
everyone else’s—safety. That’s just not true. Although sometimes people with the disorder
behave in unusual ways, they’re typically not aggressive or violent. And lifelong hospitalization isn’t as common
these days. Some people who experience these symptoms
recover completely, and most others can control their symptoms
with medicine and therapy. When it comes to medication, newer drugs that
target multiple neurotransmitters seem to be more
effective than the medications used a few decades ago. That’s probably because in addition to blocking
dopamine, and therefore dopamine-induced hallucinations, they also stimulate serotonin production. Since serotonin is one of those feel-good
neurotransmitters, having more of it likely improves some of
the other symptoms like withdrawal and flat affect. Recent research has also shown that good ol’
talk therapy can help, too. A 2016 study of 400 patients found that those
who received a comprehensive approach, with low doses of
medications alongside therapy, reported a better quality of life than those
who managed their illness only with medication. And remember Elyn Saks, the researcher from
the beginning of this episode? Her work centers around how some patients
become high-functioning like herself: the factors that helped them earn degrees
and have professional careers. Many used cognitive strategies like asking
themselves if their hallucinations were reasonable, in addition to strategies like distracting
themselves with their work. Now, don’t get me wrong— schizophrenia is a difficult disorder to treat, and has different standards of recovery than more common disorders like anxiety or depression. But a diagnosis doesn’t mean you’re doomed
to live in a mental health facility, or that you’re a danger to society— just like it doesn’t mean you’re indecisive
or had a terrible mother. In fact, studies estimate that as many as
three-quarters of patients recover fully or at least enough that they
can lead fairly normal lives if they have a strong support network to rely
on and get the help they need. Thanks for watching this episode of SciShow
Psych! While schizophrenia might not be “multiple
personalities,” you can learn what that actually is by watching
our episode on Dissociative Identity Disorder. [OUTRO ♪]

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  1. It hit me real hard about three years ago. Once it settled it's actually pretty alright. I haven't been lonely since. It always feels like a whole crowds around.

  2. Schizophrenics swim in the same ocean as the shaman, just one knows how to swim and other doesn't…~Terrance McKenna

  3. General population: educated enough to know that schizophrenia is Greek for split mind.

    General population: not educated enough to know what schizophrenia actually is.

  4. My friend has schizophrenia and I want to be as supportive as possible. This was very helpful because I’m not that educated on it. Thank you 🙂

  5. It sucks how much misinformation and stigma surrounding mental health is perpetuated by the media. We could have far better resources and make more progress towards treatments and cures if our society could work together and agree that the stereotypes we've been indoctrinated with in movies, television, etc are just plain wrong. There are so many people in the world who could be living happy, productive, fulfilling lives but instead are suffering from poor mental health due to lack of resources, fear of social judgment, and inaccessible insurance coverage. There could be someone out there wasting away in their apartment, isolated and slowly dying, who could be the next Albert Einstein or Steven Hawking if they just had access to treatment. The person who's capable of curing cancer or ending world hunger could be out there right now, unable to fulfill their purpose. We already put so much time, money, and effort into physical health, so why on Earth are we neglecting mental health? Isn't it obvious that both are equally important? We're really shooting ourselves in the foot, so to speak… :/

  6. I had bouts of it under severe stress as a teenager and the medication now that I think of it felt worse. Thirst, sleep, thirst, sleep. It was horrid. But when you learn ways to cope, it can die down. A lot do turn to religion to help. Yeah they try to pray over you and stuff but its harmless and if it works for them, why not. Even my neighbours met in a ward and they're married now. And the best neighbours too!

  7. Could you do an episode on the different types of bipolar disorder? People only talk about type 1 when there are at least five different types.

  8. The biggest problem is that most people with schizophrenia WON'T STAY ON THEIR MEDS!!!
    And I have a neighbor with this illness & she has been highly aggressive toward me. Had to call the cops 2 times-here in CT, we have no beds left in any of our institutions for people w mental conditions. So my neighbor is still holed up in her condo, & still acting out when she goes for the random walk here & there.

  9. 2/3 Americans have big misconceptions about a mental health disorder? Hopefully they watch videos like this and learn.

  10. My old neighbor told us he is a paranoid schizophrenic. I'm pretty sure he was selling his meds instead of taking them, random cars would come there for a few minutes and leave quite often. The cops had to come check up on him like once every two weeks or so. He stole an ambulance from the hospital and drove it home. He took the pumpkins from out yard around Halloween and replaced them with decorative yard signs. Him and his girlfriend fight a lot, he will lock her out of the house and she'll scream for him to let het in for hours. He will put cat food out bu the street and yell, "free food" for a couple of minutes. He doesnt seen to be a bad guy, he asked us if we needed help when he saw us shoveling snow and he's pretty religious so he always says, "god bless you" when we end a conversation. He just wasn't the best neighbor with all his hijinx.

  11. I love how this video doesn't have an unnecessarily long intro, like most other science channels out there.

  12. Ligit now I'm concerned cuz I randomly feel a faint crawling at times. Anyone see feel that who sent diagnosed aswell?

  13. https://psychnews.psychiatryonline.org/doi/full/10.1176/pn.36.12.0020
    Nonetheless, these and other obstacles to gene therapy for
    neurological and psychiatric conditions will eventually be overcome,
    Sapolsky believes. For example, molecular virologists are now designing
    hybrid viruses that may be able to slip through the brain’s blood-brain
    barrier and thus transport therapeutic genes from the bloodstream into
    the brain. And when such obstacles have been overcome, gene therapy will
    become available to treat at least some psychiatric disorders, Sapolsky
    suggested.
    But when such therapy becomes available, exactly what
    will that mean to psychiatrists? Will it replace existing treatments?
    Not at all, Sapolsky reassured them. “You guys are still going to have
    to give your patients medications; you will still need to talk with
    them,” he said. “This is not going to put you out of business in terms
    of the traditional approaches.”
    In short, gene therapies will complement traditional treatments, not replace them.
    But
    what should perhaps be of more concern to psychiatrists, Sapolsky
    pointed out, is what may be coming in gene therapy a few more years down
    the road. And that is the use of gene therapy to alter brain neurons in
    human fetuses. True, such capabilities might lead to the correction of
    genes that help cause psychiatric disorders, which might be good in
    principle. Yet such a capability will also “be filled with incredible
    ethical pitfalls about what counts as broken and how you go about fixing
    it,” he said.
    To wit: Should gene therapy be used to change
    people’s personalities before they are born? “I’m not clear about that
    one at all,” Sapolsky admitted. “What we have here, of course, is the
    incredibly slippery slope where we are no longer talking about people’s
    diseases, but about what makes them individuals.”In any event,

    the possibility of using gene therapy to alter human fetuses “is not
    completely out of the question at this point,” he cautioned. “We are now
    in the pioneering days of doing surgery on fetuses, doing corrective
    preemptive moves. So it will eventually be possible to do gene therapy
    on human fetuses. . .not soon, but it will be there.

  14. Real Scientists do not believe what this women says: she is a false messenger who has gone way past factual realism into quack science. Even Elyn Saks does not subscribe to such a theory.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNuCo6jRjeQRobert Sapolsky –
    Schizophrenia,
    genetic and
    environmental
    influenceswww.youtube.com – Jul 20, 2014Robert Sapolsky – Genetics of schizophrenia
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yICbIxItx84

    https://www.khanacademy.org/test-prep/mcat/behavior/psychological-disorders/v/biological-basis-of-schizophrenia

  15. I wonder how exactly the genetic risk factors for schizophrenia work. Do scientists think they have a full picture of which genes are involved yet? I imagine there are variants corresponding to different exact mutations, which is what tends to happen in other genetic conditions.

  16. Schizophrenics are not any more likely to be more violent than regular people, thank you for pointing that out. Good stuff

  17. 50/50 means chance in those twin studies, it's biased and confused thinking to call that "mostly genetic". Seeing as most twin studies are plagued with aliasing data as seperated twins tend to be put into equivalent kinds of households, which means the environmental factor is actually not controlled the way these studies claim. If anything, we must conclude that 50/50 is not a reliable result.

    Maybe in a limited factor analysis, but 50/50 = not predictive at all unfortunately.

  18. Thank you for clearly explaining this very misunderstood term/diagnosis. As a Mental Health worker who worked w/ Schizophrenic/Schizoaffective patients for several years, it's good to see society slowly but surely better understand these diagnoses–and the people w/ them.

  19. To sum: Schizophrenia's most common Symptoms are Hallucinations & Delusions. The tipping point for this is, like all Mental Health "disOrders", How MalAdaptive has this become in my Life?

  20. Vincent Li was on a Grey Hound bus in Canada. He stabbed the young guy next to him, cut off his head, ate his eyeballs and part of his heart. He had stopped taking his medication. After a few years, his "care team" declared success and he was released. 4 psychiatrists in a room can give 6 opinions and they Are opinions. People like Li should have been kept institutionalized for 20 /30 years while their team record their progress and pat each other on the back for being so smart and compassionate. There's many other cases. So Li will never go off meds again ? And f*ck the young victims family in the name of 'progressive' care. – just my opinion (BTW – I did work with mental patients when I was younger)

  21. This video employs faulty reasoning. It says, "Research has also shown that good ol' talk therapy can help too." It says that the patients "reported" a higher quality of life. Of course plenty of people report a higher quality of life. Doesn't mean they actually had a higher quality of life. Of course plenty of people receiving talk therapy would report a higher quality of life. They may not have anyone else who is willing to listen. They also may be under the placebo effect. It also compares such people to those who take only medication. Medications produce LOADS of side effects. I should know. I've had numerous seizures (one big, many small what are typically called "absence" seizures) because of my medications. I have never had seizures before to my knowledge in my life. So bad I had to take meds because of the big seizure for a year. So it's possible the therapists helped the other patients by monitoring the side effects suggesting common sense approaches to the side effects.
    On a side note, I never actually experienced the weight gain that usually comes with the meds. The average person gains about 40 pounds on zyprexa and I lost almost 20. On the other medications, I maintained a weight of about 120 lbs at 5"7. However, I had to do a ton of exercise and now that I am off it I have already lost about 5 pounds in about only a month being off it and notice that I can do much more difficult exercise with less resistance and pain and eat considerably less sweets and less food in general (though more coffee with milk).
    My psychiatrist often commends me for not gaining weight and says that I prove that you don't have to gain weight with zyprexa. However, and I say this with all due respect to my psychiatrist: This is false reasoning. Some people simply have bodies that respond differently. Some people may not find exercise as tolerable as I do. It should be noted I could only lose weight while doing yoga 4 times a week and walking over an hour 6 days a week. I also had to watch my eating which was hard. I did it but it was a lot harder than it is now that my psychiatrist took me off the zpyrexa (because she felt I was doing well, that I no longer needed the meds, suspected they were giving me "staring spells", making me unable to concentrate, and that they were giving me a "flat mood").

    I'm not saying no one should seek out talk therapy. But people should realize that even according to therapists themselves, there is "no guarantee [talk] therapy will have an intended or positive effect". And that's not my quote. That's a quote from a contract I had to sign for my own therapy. I've received therapy from numerous people and I can honestly say: Yeah, sometimes it helps but generally it makes things worse. There are plenty of well meaning intelligent kind people out there who simply should NOT be therapists. There are also plenty of ideas in therapy that just don't make sense. Like the idea that if you're struggling with symptoms it must be due to some sort of character fault. This is simply not true. It was even implied I was shy because I was selfish. I was also told I was sleeping a lot because I was depressed and not doing enough. I simply am no longer shy now that I am off zyprexa.
    After getting off zyprexa, my symptoms improved immensely. I no longer withdraw or remain super quiet all the time (as you can see here). I eat less sweets. I have less cravings for sweets. Simple small things like a busy day or talking with strangers or rude or passive aggressive people don't send me into cold sweats (not literally, I was never that bad but I did find them very scary). I no longer struggle to wake up after sleeping 12 hours. I now sleep about 8 hours and feel perfectly fine. My mind is clearer. My mind doesn't get super confused by simple statements like, "can you pass the squeegee?" I don't have "staring spells" (another name for absence seizures). I can focus when I read. I don't feel a constant low level of anxiety. I don't feel depressed almost ever. I no longer have flat effect. Sure, occasionally I feel down or even a little depressed but now if I simply use a coping skill I can move past it. I move faster and am way more productive.
    Look: I'm not saying you shouldn't take zyprexa or any psychiatric medication or even talk therapy if it's what your psychiatrist recommends. If your psychiatrist recommends it, you should at least give it a shot. But you should try to get a good psychiatrist (like mine) who will tell you honestly if s/he thinks it's not working or even making things worse (like it did for me).

  22. Have you considered doing a video on the similarities and differences between Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia?

  23. Sure, the most likely reason for people believing that schizophrenia means you're indecisive is because they speak ancient Greek…

  24. To say that schizophrenics are not dangerous should research the case of Tim McLean who was decapitated and cannibalized on a greyhound bus in 2008. Just like sexual predators are on watch lists, so should mentally ill people who require medication in order to be safe around us and us from them.

  25. Sure you don't get locked up but your still doomed to live very painful life. Problem with mental illness is that you don't fit in, can't find a partner to have children with and your job opportunities lower by like 90%.

  26. My husband has schizophrenia. I love him to death and he is un-medicated. It's quite mild so the side effects weren't really worth the little help they were giving him. I know he has visual hallucinations; he'll wake up in the middle of the night and swear that people are standing around the bed staring at him or that someone's in the back seat of the car when he gets in. He knows they aren't real after a few moments but I still occasionally catch him talking to "me" when I've been in another room and come back.

    He's the sweetest person I know and is an amazing father to our daughter. I am a bit worried she will have it and am not certain how I could explain that what she sees or feels isn't real. It is comforting to know that the chances are much lower than I thought. Not that I'd love her any less but like any parent I want her to have as few difficulties as possible for her in her physical and mental health.

  27. I get so tired of people perpetuating the myth the schizophrenia causes multiple personalities, even when it's done in humor. I took both high school and college classes on psychology, and can say for a fact that schizophrenia and multiple personality disorder are separate disorders altogether. I'm sure it's theoretically possible for a schizophrenic to also have multiple personality disorder, but that doesn't change the fact that they are considered two separate diagnoses.

  28. Please do a similar video on bipolar disorder. I think there are some who would be helped by it.

  29. I was "diagnosed" with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia as a teenager. They gave me drugs that almost killed me, literally; I began to swallow my tongue, clenched my teeth so tight that I thought they would shatter and my throat started to close. Since then, I've gone on to have a productive life but there have been and continue to be issues but we deal them as they come about.

  30. I still hear a lot of unknowns and questions, areas of uncertainty from those determined to tell those affected how exactly they should be. In cases of harm or self harm, these people obviously require intervention… BUT… is it at least possible… that some of these "hallucinations," these mis-perceptions, actually TRUE perceptions? Could some of these delusions be something else? Something real, even? Beware of placing certainty in areas of uncertainty, or you risk becoming just like one of those psychologists who advocated removal from family on false pretenses. They are little better than those who performed lobotomies to treat depression. These people need help, yes, but I firmly believe that such help cannot but come from a place of meeting the patient where they are, rather than preaching correct thought and behavior from some ivory tower built on the presupposition of personal omniscience. That said, I am glad to hear of the strides that we as a society have made. I am truly happy to hear of someone with this condition having achieved personal and professional success, and that we are making such great strides ensuring that this outcome will be possible for many others.

  31. Well done. The problem is the people who need this info likely will not watch these videos. Most ppl are quite happy gleaning 'facts' from fictional tv dramas and movies. Edit the reason most ppl do not spend their lives in hospital is almost noone could afford to stay in hospital for their entire life. Informative but not an honest representation of the mental health care industry. They don't care about curing they care about selling products.

  32. I've got a good friend with this, really good guy. We have been friends for over 2 decades. He just needed someone he could trust that would not lie to him.

    He asks me often if something is real or not and knows I won't lie.

  33. So far, I see 54 downvotes on this. I'm curious why they exist. If you voted down, would you please let me know why?

  34. 64% of ppl have a wrong view about schizophrenia because they just know Greek too well ? I doubt it.

  35. Wait I thought schizophrenia was a chronic illness? Like people don't recovery from it per we but they can manage it well enough to be more than functional? My uncle has it too and for the most part he is okay but he is t completely well?

  36. I have a friend who suffers badly from Schizophrenia, and she semi-regularly goes off the rails, quitting her medicine and therapy regimens and turns up in a desolate state days or even weeks later, usually escorted by the police. It can be really very rough…

  37. My ex has skitzophrenia and has delusions of grandeur where he believes he owns everything, dollar general, monster energy drinks, sour patch kids. He creates his own reality but it doesn’t work lol. He creates memories but also has the best memory of anyone I’ve ever met and my mom had a photographic memory. This man is extremely intelligent but emotionally intelligent whereas his responses are often out of touch.

  38. I’m really glad I watched this. I didn’t know much about schizophrenia before this. Also I have a lot of these risk factors and symptoms so I’m gonna talk to my psychiatrist about it.

  39. I’m really glad I watched this. I didn’t know much about schizophrenia before this. Also I have a lot of these risk factors and symptoms so I’m gonna talk to my psychiatrist about it.

  40. Can you do a video about the differences between schizophrenia and schizo affective disorder?
    And/or the difference between Borderline Personality Disorder and Bipolar Disorder?

  41. Can a group of people make u schizophrenic? Let's say u r 100% normal. There r a group of people who want u hospitalized. U have a small sespision about it, n u can't truly tell.?

  42. Lol that's terrifying. Your trying to make me understand….. what… now I'm never talking to a skitzophrenic

  43. I don't agree any of these views. Here're the facts about schizophrenia from my perspective. It's up to the readers to decide which version of the story is true:

    There are no objective criteria for schizophrenia. Its diagnosis and treatment are based on subjective evaluations and impressions of mortal beings who 're prone to make mistakes. This makes it open to all sorts of abuses. We can't know if the patient responds well to the treatment as the evaluation of the improvement or retrogression of the patients too is again based on subjective impressions.

    Actually we can't distnguish a person who really suffers from schizophrenia from a person who pretends to be schizophrenic or vice versa. Thus we can't know if this condition is a temporary one which will disappear by itself in time just like flu or a permanent one like diabetes. Actually according to World Health Organization data the ones who don't receive any treatment for schizophrenia in underdeveloped countries are doing much better than the ones recieving aggressive drug treatments in developed countries in the long run.

    Those symptoms could well develop in prolonged stays in coercive environment of psychiatric hospitals and the ensuing uncertainity emerging in the minds of the patients, and actually mental health professionals could well be the main culprit of the aggravated symptoms of this condition which would otherwise disappear completely when they're treated in noncoercive and compassionate environments. We need transparency and accountability in mental health facilities
    .

    Genes?

    All the social studies about the genetic factors of schizophrenia have been confounded (that term is used with the meaning of stained in such social studies) according to the experts of the subject. Even the advocates of the role of genes covertly concede this in their own researches. There is no known gene or any genetic variant associated with schizophrenia either. The ones who are interested in the scientific side of it can read the following paper in the link.

    http://jayjoseph.net/yahoo_site_admin/assets/docs/2010_AS_PUBLISHED_Jay_Joseph_2010_Genetic_Research_in_Psychiatry_and_Psychology_A_Critical_Overview.344143952.pdf

    Antipsychotics?

    How do antipsychotics treat hallucinations and delusions? How does it work? You give antipsychotics and as soon as these drugs start to kick in suddenly all the hallucinations and delusions disappear. Is it the case? No it is not. Even after being discharged those hallucinations and delusions linger in those people. So in reality they really have no impact on the positive symptoms. They worsen the negative symptoms only. The benefit of these drugs is for hospital staff only as these drugs make those unfortunate people docile and more manageable only. Is it ethical to risk the physical as well as mental health of those indivduals simply to increase the comfort of hospital staff?

    According to the researches almost one third of those people start to suffer because of the side effects and crippling, disfiguring and irritating irreversible adverse effects of these substances within 2-3 years time, and it's estimated that in life time use all recipients will experience all these irreversible adverse effects which would make their life unbearable.

    According to the international conventions that aim to prevent torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading tretament and punishment "medical treatments of an intrusive and irreversible nature, when lacking a therapeutic purpose, may constitute torture or ill-treatment when enforced or administered without the free and informed consent of the person concerned"

    Take a look at the link below.

    http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/HRBodies/HRCouncil/RegularSession/Session22/A.HRC.22.53_English.pdf

    Is Psychotherapy Effective on People on Drugs

    I really wonder how you hope to help those doped people whose cognitive abilities severely impaired? In order to be able to help those people their hippocampi should be active. Hippocampus in the brain needs emotions in order to be able to tag the informations to learn. That's how we can learn and keep or record the informatons and knowledge in our brain and process them when we need. Yet, as their emotions are seriously blunted due to the drugs they receive their hippocampi have no avail. Most probably most of your efforts with them completely disappear within a couple of hours time altogether. Psychotherapy programmes with schizophrenics on drugs are doomed to fail.What you say here that you can help those suffering individuals has no scientific basis what so ever. That defies logic and neuroscience

    What is the Succes Rate of the Proposed Treatment

    I really don't understand how she can confidently say that treatment works while we know that average recovery rate for alcoholics and drug addicts altogether is as low as 4 percent? Why does she think that the revcovery rates for this mental health problem should be higher than this despite the fact that the treatments offered to those people are pretty much same? Remember that this woman earns her living from that profession. Is it possible for her to be impartial in that particular matter? Is she really a reliable source of information regarding the success rates?

    Is This Really a Success

    Many of those unfortunate people treated with drugs after being labeled schizophrenic can't see their mid forties as those drugs irreversably wreck their physical health. Those unfortunate otherwise very healthy individuals (who could well see their eighties hadn't they forced to take those drugs) die at early ages mainly because of the drug induced health conditions such as liver or kidney failure or heart problems. It's important to note here that they don't die in peace. On the contrary they die in great physical and emotional pains.

  44. It's hard to make sense of a complex illness like schizophrenia, and I unfortunately find this video to be confusing. There is a lot of data out there that go in all sorts of different directions – it becomes a matter of identifying what, in the lot, is really relevant. Or at the very least be able to think of it pragmatically.

    In order to understand psychosis, along schizophrenia's negative symptoms and cognitive deficits, you need to understand normal dopamine function, and from there understand the consequences of dopamine dysfunction. Then, antipsychotics make sense – both their therapeutic and side effects! I highly recommend all of you read this article: https://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/doi/full/10.1176/appi.ajp.160.1.13?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori%3Arid%3Acrossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub%3Dpubmed&

    It is the best article in psychiatry ever written, in my humble opinion. For all curious minds out there, have fun! It's pretty accessible, too.

    Kudos to the SciShow team, though, for making an important point about recovery. People with schizophrenia aren't doomed.

    (PS- I'm a psychiatrist and mostly work with people suffering from schizophrenia! And it's the best job ever…)

  45. Haven't watched the video yet, but i hope they will touch on how people think schizophrenia means you'll be dangerous.. which isn't true

  46. Just too smart and too much alive (open/sensitive). Bad eviroment & lifestyle is the trigger. No meds needed, just maybe to help calm back down, just 1pill not 365 pills a year. This diagnose is still here because people love earning money. Otherwise this is easily helped/cured/restored.

  47. The simplest explanation of hearing voices is having schizophrenia. Wht would they construct such a bizarre theory that someone spies on them? Are they delusional?

  48. Another myth I would like to be addressed is that schizophrenia is caused by demon possession. Very common in religious circles, especially Christians.

  49. As long as they keep taking their meds and doing what they need to do. Im all for them being out in public. BUT… There are very violent people with it. That's what I and everyone else worries about. And I know it's not there fault but they don't live in the real world. We don't know how people with it will be. Liike the man who heard a voice telling him his next door neighbor was a witch and he needed to kill her to protect himself. An sure enough that's what he did. Things like this is why anyone with it makes people nervous.

  50. My mother in law was schizophrenic with the neediest personality I ever encountered. Thank God my X left me. I went home so I could bring my son up without that awful influence.

  51. Or, there really is an actual program meant to gaslight people to make it come across as schizophrenia. Like.. maybe a dvsa program?

  52. Do you think some people think that they are psychic but maybe they are really schizophrenic ?  Sometimes I try NOT to so emotion to prevent others from knowing my reaction to something.

  53. I was actually misdiagnosed with schizophrenia 45 years ago. I learned nearly 3 years ago that what I actually have is Asperger's syndrome. The only time I've ever hallucinated, I had a high fever when I was a little girl. I can see where the mistake was made, though; my thoughts are in images (think "mind movies") and could be misconstrued by someone with his head stuck in a psych textbook as hallucinations. I also have synesthesia. This particular gift is also something that could be seen as hallucinating by someone who refuses to understand this and other benign neurological phenomena. I tend to view the world differently from many people and do not particularly enjoy socializing. Bingo. Schizophrenia. The worst part was not the zombie pills that I weaned myself off of; the worst part was losing the prime of my life to the fear that the "schizophrenia" would come back and turn me into a burden. I'm a bit old to try going after that 4-year college degree that I never got, but I just might do it anyway.

  54. Can you stand watching this babbling fountain ?
    It's pretty unwatchable for me due to complete lack of engagement.
    Shame really, it's probably an interesting topic.

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  56. The most interesting theory I've heard for Schizophrenia is that people with it have difficulty separating their daydreams and inner thoughts from things that are actually happening in the real world. I think all of us have had moments where we've hallucinated or questioned whether something we experienced was real or just in our head. Imagine always experiencing that? That's scary.

  57. Video should be renamed as Common misconceptions Americans have helped the world to hold about schizophrenia…

  58. How affirming and clear the language is that is used in this episode is really, really cool. Schizophrenia is one of the many still heavily stigmatised mental illnesses that hasn't been adopted openly into he cultural zeitgeist like the more common and less 'ugly' depression and anxiety. And since the onset is often in adolescence, having something that is both informative and reassuring for young people maybe learning about their new diagnosis or during a crisis feels like it's really a good decision by the writers.

    We need to provide more hope, comfort and affirmation for all of those dealing with mental illnesses

  59. Schizophrenia is not a condition but rather a nasty side-effect of cruel trauma which splits the mind. It is more often than not intentional which makes it one of the nastiest things that human beings can afflict upon each other. I blame the military industrial complex for knowing this and doing nothing about it. The worst part is, they continue to engage in this horror and feel no shame. They take no responsibility, accountability nor liability for what they have, knowing full well they have done it.

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