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A Glimpse Into Schizophrenia Overseas

Note: Like all posts with the schizophrenic.nyc tag, this was originally written for and posted on schizophrenic.nyc. The African people suffer from many things – famine, drought, epidemic, and colonialism – but a recent CNN article comments on a less well-known problem: stigma. In Africa, mental healthcare is ignored by the state and even humanitarian organizations, which […]

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Censoring Schizophrenia

The word “schizophrenia” carries lots of negative connotations and stigma – erasing those associations are one of the principal goals of Michelle’s company. In Canada, however, some companies are removing the word from their names in order to make it easier to raise funds and support for schizophrenia research and treatment. One example is the […]

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The Shortcomings of Health Care Part 2

The former director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Thomas Insel, writes in his book, “Healing,” that although during his directorship countless medical breakthroughs led to reductions in death rates from heart problems and infections, the nation’s mental health crisis ballooned out of control. Today, suicide kills three times as many people as […]

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Mental Illness and Racism

In a recent Schizophrenia and the City episode, Michelle Hammer examines the death of 40-year-old Michelle Go, who was killed by a train in Times Square after being pushed into the tracks by a homeless schizophrenic man named Martial Simon. This incident was largely a product of the inadequacy of New York City’s mental illness […]

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Stigma and the Media

Stigma doesn’t just disappear – it only gradually fades, or, God forbid, gets worse. A recent U.S. News article presents research that suggests that both are happening in the U.S. right now. The study examines various representative samples of over 1,000 U.S. adults and their perceptions of depression, alcohol dependence, and schizophrenia in 1996, 2006, […]

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Forced Treatment and the Law

Anosognosia (uh-noh-suh-noh-zha), or a person’s inability to recognize that they have a mental illness, affects an estimated 30% of people with schizophrenia and 20% of people with bipolar disorder. It is not denial; rather, it is hypothesized to be a condition caused by disorder in or damage to the frontal lobes. People with traumatic brain […]

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The Name Game

Will changing the name of a mental illness help de-stigmatize it? A recently published New York Times article describes a survey designed to build momentum for the name change.  The name “schizophrenia,” meaning “split mind” and coined in 1908 by Dr. Eugen Bleuler, was not intended to have negative connotations. However, it has taken on […]

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