• Living with Schizophrenia

    Robert Lundin, a man suffering from schizophrenia, discusses his experiences. He explains his upbringing and when he first began to have symptoms. Lundin once thought there was a nuclear holocaust and drove himself (accidentally) to a medical facility. He mentions delusions of grandeur and reference. He believes the worlds actions revolve around him. Lundin manages the Encore Shop where many…

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  • My Sisters Keeper Part 1 of 9

    My Sisters Keeper (2002) is a poignant and sensitive portrayal of a real-life story of two sisters and their search for a common ground between their very different worlds. This clip shows Chrissy as an unhappy and combative adolescent alongside her sister, Judy, who attempts to have normal interactions with peers. The girls mother sends Chrissy to Catholic school; she…

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  • Simulated Schizophrenia

    Included in this clip are two versions of what a schizophrenic hears and sees when going to a pharmacy and at home. The first of two simulations is a slide-show of images with voice-overs. As you wait for your prescription to be filled, you hear various voices (including the pharmacist) talking about you and making threatening comments; you are afraid…

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  • Schizophrenia as Sound: Listening to the Dynamic Brain

    Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data is converted to musical sound. Brain images are preprocessed into 20 distributed ensembles, “Independent Components,” and each is assigned a tone on a pentatonic scale. The loudness of each note corresponds to the intensity of activity in the corresponding regions of the brain. In this video, you can listen to soundtracks of healthy subjects…

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  • What Does Schizophrenia Do?

    Dr. Gerald Chodek discusses biological factors and their key role in schizophrenia. Neurotransmission is briefly covered, explaining the normal brains activity. Dr. Chodek explains that schizophrenics have unbalanced levels of neurotransmitters, including glutamate and dopamine. Abnormally high levels of these have been linked to psychotic symptoms, like hallucinations. Dr. Chodek also explains that the hippocampus in some schizophrenics shrinks over…

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