Schizophrenia in Society
Highlights in the History of Schizophrenia
We've come a long way since illnesses of the brain were classified as "madness." This article points to some significant turning points in the ways that medicine and society have understood and treated people with schizophrenia.
Ian Chovil's Site: The Experience of Schizophrenia
Ian Chovil has had schizophrenia for over 36 years. On his website, he shares his experience of the illness, and links to some valuable resources. This is a don't miss site for anyone who has experienced or wants to learn about schizophrenia.
Movie: A Beautiful Mind
The movie A Beautiful Mind depicts Nobel prize winning mathemetician John Nash's experience of schizophrenia. Although the movie oversimplifies the experience of hallucination, this is a positive portrayal of schizophrenia. This link to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) page for the movie provides synopsis, reviews and background information.
Movie: Benny and Joon
The movie Benny and Joon portrays a romance between an eccentric young man and a schizophrenic young woman. The movie begins as a sweet romantic comedy, but develops into a portrayal of the seriousness of the illness and the challenges schizophrenia poses in romantic relationships. This Internet Movie Database page for the movie provides a synopsis, reviews and additional information.
This movie by David Cronenberg stars Ralph Fiennes as an adult who has spent 20 years institutionalized with schizophrenia after a traumatic childhood. The movie can be a bit depressing, but is very well acted and directed. This Internet Movie Database page gives a synopsis, reviews, and other details.