by Steve Rhodes
Question by Lola: What kind of questions would you ask a Schizophrenic for a documentary?
I’m making a documentary for school on Schizophrenia, and I’m going to interview my brother who is a “recovering” schizophrenic. I already know a lot about the subject, and how he feels about it, but it would be interesting to know what the viewers would like to know about him, and how he feels. Got any questions in mind?
Answer by Aria T
A lot of people are fascinated with symptoms, what sets them off, and how they cope. Many want to know what daily life is like for both a medicated and unmedicated individual who is dealing with schizophrenia. Also, it is important for your documentary that you explain to lay people what schizophrenia really is – many have an erroneous common belief that it is some form of multiple personality disorder or is all about paranoia and seeing things that aren’t there.
You can do a lot of good by bringing to light the more true human aspects of people with the disorder, and by putting some of these pop-cultural myths to rest!
So ask your brother what it was like when he first had an episode; ask him what kinds of stressors worsen his condition; ask what he feels or sees or hears when he is (was) having a break; or, if he was not of the paranoid-delusional subtype, find out more (for the sake of the viewers) about that type by asking him more about his symptoms.
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