Schizophrenia: option 1

Watching this video, my first impression was, “this isn’t so bad.” As the video kept going I found my opinion changing drastically. The voices in his head were very terrible and negative, giving him negative feedback for everything that took place in the video. On certain things that we’d consider mundane, the voices would make them very difficult and tough to accomplish. One thing I did notice when I was watching the video was that everything changed when the wife, presumably, walks in. Her calm demeaner made the man calm down and it caused the voices to dissipate. Of the movies listed, I’ve only seen Donnie Darko as of now and comparing that to the simulation I’d say that media does not really cover the symptoms of schizophrenia very accurately. I don’t think it’s right for movies to exaggerate or understate the severity of mental illnesses because that puts the wrong impression in the minds of young children, who will then grow up believing this and forming incorrect stereotypes. The media has a lot of power lately and I think they should take responsibility for this power especially when they are addressing something as serious as schizophrenia.

2 thoughts on “Schizophrenia: option 1

  1. After watching the video, I agree with a lot of what you have to say. I agree that when the video started it wasn’t as bad as what I thought, however as the video continued on the progression got worse. Schizophrenia is just one of the many mental illnesses that are listed in the DSM. A mental illness is a clinically significant behavioral or psychological pattern. The current DSM that is being used is the DSM-5. There is always backlash when a new DSM comes out because there is a lot of gray area that is not talked about, so it can be hard to diagnose mental illnesses including schizophrenia. I also agree that the media does put the wrong impression on mental illnesses including schizophrenia which is not right. A lot of the time they manipulate the severity of mental illnesses which then teach people the wrong things about mental illnesses. Overall, I agree with most of what you talk about and that the media should do more to depict what different mental illnesses are really like.


  2. This video shows the true inner working of someone with schizophrenia and truly was scary as the video went on. Schizophrenia is known as a mental illness where the person is basically losing contact with reality. Whether that be by having delusions and hallucinations like the man in the video was having or not being able to connect with someone because of lack of emotions. Following in the DSM, there are two types of symptoms schizophrenia people can have. They can either have positive or negative symptoms, and the man in the video was suffering from positive symptoms of schizophrenia. Luckily, people with positive symptoms can take medicine, such a pill, to lessen the symptoms. At the end when the woman came into the house and saw how he never took his pills, viewers could see how his symptoms were affecting him. I also agree with you when you talked about the affect of the media on mental illnesses. Since the internet and media are easily accessible in today’s world, anyone can see anything and believe what the people are saying without truly understanding the reasoning behind it. The media is a powerful source for news and should understand the circumstances when they post something remotely offensive or understated to the rest of the world.


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