Schizophrenia is a very serious mental disorder that affects 1 in 100 people (Illness 2016). There are two ways to categorise the symptoms of schizophrenia. One positive and the other negative symptoms.

Positive symptoms include psychosis effects. Such as, hallucinations and delusions.

Negative symptoms include a lack of motivation and being indifferent (illness 2016).

These symptoms are similar to other conditions such as maniac depression and other forms of schizophrenia. Therefore, I could use this illness as a way to branch out to tell the other mental disorders of this documentary.

Nevertheless, there is this idea that people who suffer from this mental disorder are dangerous, when in fact, they are mostly dangerous to themselves (Mind 2014). This is something I’d like to challenge within my documentary, through really trying to find ways of expressing how scary this disorder is for the sufferer and the peers. But not due to danger, but mostly due to the feeling of helplessness.

Therefore, I aim to speak to the families’ and friends who have witnessed someone with psychosis symptoms, as this is also something personal to me. As I have witness this up close and personal I believe through focusing on the peers emotions this can show how scary it really is in general. Rather then trying to recreate the whole ‘voices in the head,’ which is very cliche and can be seen as misrepresentative.

The negative symptoms of schizophrenia are close to bipolar disorder which includes depression, and mania (extreme euphoria) (Mind 2013). Therefore, this is how I believe I can link 3 people’s stories together in order to create an overall narrative as symptoms cross over.

Bibliography:

Mind (2014) Understanding schizophreniano [online] available from <https://www.mind.org.uk/media/990900/understanding-schizophrenia-2014-.pdf&gt; [19 January 2017]

Mind (2013) Mind, the mental health charity – help for mental health problems [online] available from <http://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/schizoaffective-disorder/#.WHaZmmSLQu8&gt; [19 January 2017]
Illness, mental (2016) Schizophrenia – what is schizophrenia? – rethink mental illness, the mental health charity [online] available from <https://www.rethink.org/diagnosis-treatment/conditions/schizophrenia?gclid=CjwKEAiA7ejCBRDlp8uF6ezPnjoSJAAPED7MmCQB-5Z-CmRcpBUifruhLjlTD6zqNh4yRRVPimriMhoC1mPw_wcB&gt; [19 January 2017]
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