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Lynne's Story (05:38)


Lynne Fisher experienced stress at home and at work. She began babbling at work, was taken to the hospital, and diagnosed with clinical depression and psychosis. Doctors treated her with ECT to correct mood dysregulation, which worked initially.

Schizoaffective Disorder with Depression (03:55)

Lynne struggled with the stigma of her psychiatric illness. She continued occasional ECT treatments until her family admitted her involuntarily for paranoia. After a legal fight, the court ordered ECT.

Myth or Medicine (01:32)

Dr. Robert Weissman explains that people with serious mental illnesses are not at higher risk of committing violent crime.

Understanding Schizoaffective Disorder (04:27)

Psychotic episodes can occur outside mood symptoms, as opposed to schizophrenia or psychotic depression. Lynne resisted court-ordered ECT treatment, believing it would kill her, but it improved her symptoms. Courts will order treatment for patients whose safety is compromised.

Treating Schizoaffective Disorder (04:34)

ECT treats depression but is effective for Lynne's psychotic episodes; she now takes Zoloft and Abilify and is in therapy. Schizophrenia has a genetic component, but is difficult to predict. Anti-psychotic drugs can cause metabolic disorders and heart disease.

Second Opinion (01:52)

Lynne discusses the social stigma of a schizophrenia diagnosis, as opposed to depression. She wants to educate the public that psychosis is not associated with violence.

Second Opinion 5 (02:13)

Dr. Eric Caine provides five reasons to consult a mental health professional.

Credits: Psychosis—Second Opinion (01:12)

Credits: Psychosis—Second Opinion

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Schizoaffective disorder is a form of psychosis and a mental illness in which a person experiences a combination of schizophrenia symptoms. People affected often have hallucinations or delusions, as well as mood disorder symptoms such as mania or depression. We meet Lynne Fisher, whose life was turned upside down by the onset of this illness, as she battled through five years of symptoms to find a treatment plan that enables her to live a constructive and happy life. We answer whether people with serious mental illness more prone to violence, and outline five reasons to consult a mental health professional.

Length: 27 minutes

Item#: BVL185205

ISBN: 978-1-64623-070-9

Copyright date: ©2015

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