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Schizophrenia is a mental disorder characterized by abnormal social behavior and failure to understand reality. Common symptoms include false beliefs, unclear or confused thinking, hearing voices that others do not, reduced social engagement and emotional expression, and a lack of motivation. Symptoms typically come on gradually, begin in young adulthood, and last a long time.

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Interpreting this art as a symbol of schizophrenia.

Contributed by Madeline Johnson

“But fear is confusing. It tears you in two. Half of you wants to run far, far away, but the other half is paralyzed, frozen, immovable. And the hard part is that you never know which half is going to win.” ― Melody Carlson, Finding Alice (A book from the perspective of a Schizophrenic teen)

Contributed by Alicia Kimberly Hauskins

Schizophrenia is one of the most misunderstood psychotic disorders. There are so many different symptoms and levels that it’s hard to lump it all into one category. The reason all the people diagnosed with schizophrenia are classified in the same group is because they all have one thing in common. They all lack a sense of reality, and in the simplest terms that’s all schizophrenia is, a missing sense of reality.

Contributed by Madeline Meunier

A Beautiful Mind

The film is based on a true story of a genius mathematician played by Russell Crowe who struggles to separate illusion from reality because of his schizophrenia, but he manages to find peace through his wife's unfailing love.

Contributed by Grace Li-Haug

Upworthy explains: Eleanor Longden began hearing voices in her head when she was a young college student. Her experiences are both horrifying and hopeful. In this talk, Eleanor starts by detailing the long, dark struggle she endured after a schizophrenia diagnosis. Then, at 5:39, her doctor makes a shocking assessment of her illness and her likelihood of being cured. At 7:26, she explains how the voices in her head actually provided the insight she needed to solve her problems. And at 10:08, she shares how the voices in her head might have technically helped her cheat on an exam and later go on to be an extraordinary academic and use her experiences to help others.

Contributed by Kathryn Vercillo

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