What Is Schizophrenia Part 3

July 13, 2007 at 5:38 am | Posted in Kristin Bell, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Psychosis, Schizophrenia, Video | 2 Comments

This video is more about what schizophrenia is not rather than what it is. This is the third part of the series. I may do more in the future, but I’m not sure. I don’t want to bore everyone to death!

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  1. Hi! Thanks so much for posting up these videos, they’re really helpful!!! I did have a few questions that I wanted to ask you though…I’m not sure if you answered them in this video or not because it’s taking a reallllllly long time to load! I’ll come back to watch it later :}

    Anyway, I just wanted to ask if people with schizophrenia are ever aware of having delusions. And also, are they also as “intense” as the ones that you described? Or rather as strange? And the hallucinations, are they, like, completely solid or are they kind of fuzzy? Like can you know that it’s not real??
    Sorry for all of the questions!!! Sorry if I’m being ignorant I just didn’t know and am pretty curious about it.

    Thanks so much!

  2. Hi Ashley!

    No worries about the questions and you aren’t being ignorant!

    Sometimes people can become aware that they are having delusions, but usually you need a lot of practice at recognizing them and a person would probably have to be on meds so that they aren’t having delusion after delusion. Also, when someone regains their sanity, they can look back at what they were thinking and realize that it was kinda crazy! :)
    Probably everyone’s delusions are different, but yes, they can get quite intense. They basically come into your brain like regular thoughts, that is why people think they are real, but they tend to be very bizarre things. When I am sick I will usually have many delusional thoughts at once and more and more delusions will come into my head each day. In the beginning of the disease it might start out with only a few weird thoughts, but it seems that when a person goes untreated, the weird thoughts take over.
    I don’t know much about hallucinations, because I don’t think I’ve ever had any, but yes, they can appear to be real that is why people react to them like they are real.
    I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any more questions! :) kristin


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