Chatting with a Schizophrenic

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5 Responses to Chatting with a Schizophrenic

  1. pdwalker says:

    Scary.

  2. Paulo says:

    Interesting conversation. I have a nephew with Schizophrenia. He is medicated and lives on his own now, but cannot hold a job. He volunteers at a library. Very very sad situation. A big problem as it unfolded was the internet as he contacted groups and organizations, joined them, and they reinforced his delusions and illness. Go figure :-)

  3. Bman says:

    Poor kid. Couldnt imagine dealing with that.

  4. Bryn, Isle of Anglesey says:

    A training exercise I had to undertake while volunteering at our local mental health charity (MIND Anglesey) involved listening to a 300 word passage on a totally unknown subject, spoken by a person on my left, whilst at the same time listening to/hearing random words/numbers/noises being spoken or generated at the same volume or louder every 3 to 4 seconds into a headset on my right ear.

    Once the passage has been read the random noises do not stop, and you have two minutes to assemble (mentally) a reasonably accurate summary of what was said regarding the unknown subject, and then a further three minutes to present the verbal summary to the audience (who have only heard the uninterrupted speaker).

    By the time the speaker on my left had finished I could not remember the 1st half of what had been said, never mind present any coherent proof of understanding….. The audience said I looked like a stunned cabbage (which was way better than I felt)….

    The purpose was to show what effect “auditory hallucinations” can have on your understanding of what someone else is saying, and your ability to communicate when the “voices” are having a great time in your head….

    Utterly hellish, and a great eye opener…..

  5. Mad Jack says:

    Thank you.

    I had a distant relative with schizophrenia. From the time she was about 15, she was said to be a bit odd at times. She was very attractive and had a normal social life. She started a very long, slow slide into insanity at the age of 21. She knew she was losing her mind, and knew there was nothing anyone could do about it. She became unpredictably violent and had to be institutionalized. She lived a fairly long life, and passed away shortly after her step-mother died. The official cause of death was listed as “Lost the will to live.”

    Mental illness is a sad, tragic business.

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