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Disorder of the Brain (01:17)


In a single year, at least one in five people suffer a mental illness or brain disorder. Schizophrenia is one brain disorder that can strike anyone with a brain.

A Split Between Mind and Soul (03:47)

One percent of Americans will develop schizophrenia, a disorder of the brain that attacks the ability to communicate. Distorted perceptions, such as hearing voices, are common.

Location of Schizophrenia in the Brain (01:14)

Schizophrenia is located in the reason and language areas of the brain and the limbic system, where emotions are processed. Communication between these areas becomes difficult or lost.

Symptoms of Schizophrenia (01:36)

Symptoms of schizophrenia include the inability to interpret interpersonal experiences, delusional thinking and paranoid thoughts.

Interviews with Schizophrenics (02:52)

Paranoia makes it difficult for schizophrenics to live and work because they often think someone is out to get them. They often experience uncontrollable feelings, fear of people, and delusions.

Anti-Psychotic Drug Treatment (04:37)

Anti-psychotic medications work at the microscopic level of brain cell synapses to reduce symptoms. Psychiatrists are challenged to find effective drugs and often must treat for depression as well.

Brain Research (04:09)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) along with brain dissection allows experts to study brain abnormalities in schizophrenics. Research points to deficiencies in the language area of the brain.

Public Awareness of Schizophrenia (05:01)

The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) provides support and education for thousands of families affected by a loved one with a mental illness.

Re-learning Social Skills (04:12)

Schizophrenics must fight to regain basic skills of life that are lost to their mental illness. In order to return to society, patients must work to re-learn social skills and build confidence.

Inmates with Schizophrenia (03:12)

Sixteen percent of U.S. inmates suffer from a mental illness. Schizophrenics receive medication while in prison. If they stop taking the medication, they end up back in prison.

Living a Meaningful Life (04:10)

Mental health professionals work with schizophrenics through programs that help them find their own jobs and apartments by teaching job skills and providing teamwork experience.

Refusing Psychiatric Treatment (07:26)

Laws protecting the mentally ill allow them to refuse psychiatric treatment unless they become a threat to themselves or others. Family members cannot force schizophrenics to get help.

An Extraordinary Recovery (05:50)

Locked in a battle between sanity and psychosis, Cathy Penny sank into catatonic schizophrenia, unresponsive to anti-psychotic drugs. She becomes a mental health clinician after therapy.

The Future of Schizophrenia (01:52)

Advances in genetics, brain imaging, and basic research all hope to drastically reduce the impact of schizophrenia. Meanwhile, schizophrenics seek dignity and understanding.

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Dark Voices: Schizophrenia



Schizophrenia is a neurological brain disorder that affects 2.2 million Americans today. This program seeks to understand how schizophrenia touches the lives of patients and their family members while examining the disease’s etiology and pathology. Although there is currently no cure, schizophrenia is a highly manageable disorder—in fact, its treatment success rate is comparable to the success rate associated with heart disease. A Discovery Channel Production. (53 minutes)

Length: 53 minutes

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Copyright date: ©2001

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