Friday, May 10, 2013

Even before I stumbled upon this video I knew that being schizophrenic would be a dark and lonely place. After hearing this it made me seriously think about what it would be like to be stuck with an illness such as this. A few friends and I decided we would try to go a whole day listening to it while going about our daily routine, most of us did not make it past an hour. Can you imagine waking up everyday to this? Going to bed to this? Trying to live a normal everyday life with thoughts like these racing through your mind? When society looks at someone with a mental illness it is perceived as a negative, which essentially it is,  but the person with the illness is not a weird or bad person. Frowning upon someone with depression or schizophrenia or any other mental illness would be like thinking poorly of someone with cancer. Society as a whole needs to step up and learn how to embrace and help these sick people instead of just letting them fall through the cracks.

-Michele F


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  2. This was very powerful. I listened to it and my whole body when to a shiver. It is very hard to live like this. My mother told me that I had an uncle that was schizophrenic and gay. Everyday he would scream as cars went by... if they honked he would yell "they know!" He was so scared of the world finding out. Eventually my uncle committed suicide, and it was very hard for my mother who loved him very much. But this is an awareness that many people need to understand. Thank you for taking the time to understand and posting it.
    -Whitney S

  3. In all honesty, I could not listen to this video beyond 3 seconds. It terrified me to the core, and it also gave me goosebumps. I do agree with you. Society as a whole, should not judge those who are mentally ill. Sadly, many individuals do not view mental illness the way they perceive people with cancer. I believe it is their ignorance of the subject and not being able to relate. I have some loved ones as well, who suffered from depression. My cousin committed suicide when I was a teenager, due to his depression. It is a comfort to know others share the same side when it comes to this issue. Thank you for your compelling post.

    -Tanya K. ENG 112 11am

  4. One of my uncles is a paranoid schizophrenic (clinically). I am perfectly able to understand, and, on some levels agree with, your point. However, when you take the pathos out of the situation, the cold, simple, logical fact is that people who are schizophrenic are potentially dangerous to themselves and others which justifies the common perception and fear of them. My uncle is an example of a schizophrenic, like many others, who are okay while they are on their medication, but due to their paranoia, constantly stop taking said medication. With all due respect, I do not abide the likening of cancer patients to schizophrenics. I do understand that their behavior is absolutely not their fault, and they do have my deepest sympathies. My uncle's life is not a comfortable one, and I only wish people truly understood what he goes through on a daily basis. And yet, I do not expect people to refrain from reacting when he walks by them shouting nonsensically. To sum up, I both understand and advocate both sides except when the intolerant people are simply ignorant of what is really going on.

    P.J. Wordsmith
    English 112-7

  5. Society should not judge a mentslly ill person because, people dont know how it feels to be in their shoes. Instead, people should support them so they feel better as a persson and, so others know they made someone feel better about themselves.
    Jessica M.