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A Beautiful Mind- The Movie


Group sessions are going very well, we get participation from most of the group members. Last week we studied schizophrenia- what it is, its types, and symptoms. Moreover, we started watching the movie, A Beautiful Mind, with Russell Crowe. We plan on finishing the movie this week.

I highly recommend the movie because of its uniqueness, in that it shows how the person with schizophrenia views reality. I would tell you lots more, but I don't want to spoil it for those of you who have not seen it... Rent it, buy it, download it, etc.- it is a must see if interested in schizophrenia.



To learn more about schizophrenia visit Embracing My Mind, Inc. (EMM), the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia (Canada).

Comments

John Cadigan said…
Thanks Ashley. I also have schizophrenia and made a film for HBO about the 1st ten years of my recovery - "People Say I'm Crazy" - www.peoplesayimcrazy.org

Its so important for all of us to "come out" about our disease.

There's a researcher- Pat Corrigan - who studied all the ways to combat stigma & found that the BEST way to change a person's perception is for them to meet someone w/ schizophrenia.

So no matter who you are, if you have the illness, you CAN make a difference by being honest with everyone you meet.

And - our other family members can make a difference by not hiding our diagnoses.

I applaud this blog and all you're doing to make the world a better place for us all
Rebecca said…
Stigma is our biggest problem.

Just saw a documentary about how people used to blame moms for schizophrenia & how stigma messed up treatment. Then, because of that blame, when they shut down hospitals community care never fully got set up. So too many people are homeless or in jail now. Sucks.

Film is called When Medicine Got it Wrong www.whenmedicine.org

Glad I found you.
Valash said…
Thank you John and Rebecca for sharing films of interest, I will definitely check it out.

John- Thanks for the compliment I am glad you find this blog resourceful.

Rebecca- When I was first diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2007, some of my relatives blamed my mother for my illness. This is absurd, I know, some people just do not know what schizophrenia is. Now, some of my relatives no longer blame my mother for my illness because of schizophrenia education.

I appreciate you both for the feedback, take care.

Ashley
John Cadigan said…
Thanks Ashley. I also have schizophrenia and made a film for HBO about the 1st ten years of my recovery - "People Say I'm Crazy" - www.peoplesayimcrazy.org

Its so important for all of us to "come out" about our disease.

There's a researcher- Pat Corrigan - who studied all the ways to combat stigma & found that the BEST way to change a person's perception is for them to meet someone w/ schizophrenia.

So no matter who you are, if you have the illness, you CAN make a difference by being honest with everyone you meet.

And - our other family members can make a difference by not hiding our diagnoses.

I applaud this blog and all you're doing to make the world a better place for us all
Valash said…
Rebecca, I meant to say that no one in my family blames my mother for my illness now.

Ashley

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