2020: Schizophrenia

It's all in their minds: visions, voices, taunting, never ending, driving them crazy or worse. It's hard to imagine, but now, an amazing device lets you feel their pain. The technology lets you go inside the mind of a schizophrenic. See what they see. Hear what they hear. Using the technique of virtual reality, Janssen Pharmaceuticals has developed a device to stimulate the visual and auditory hallucinations of a schizophrenic patient. Dr. Timothy Johnson explores the world of people struggling with the voices within.


Producer: ABC News 20/20, 2007
Format: DVD, 13 minutes
Schizophrenia: Phil Donahue Program

This specially adapted Phil Donahue program is widely regarded as one of the most helpful programs on schizophrenia addressed to non-specialist audiences. The program offers basic information about this psychotic illness that affects nearly one million Americans, usually striking 17- to 25-year-olds. Dr. E. Fuller Torrey, author of Surviving Schizophrenia: A Family Manual, reviews the suspected causes, the symptoms, the prognosis for recovery, and the steps to be taken by supportive family members.

Produced by: Films for the Humanities, 1983
Format: VHS, 28 minutes, color

Schizophrenia in Children

This is a pocket folder filled with resources and information about schizophrenia in children. Also included is information on Bi-Polar Disorder.

Source: Parenting Network, Inc.
Understanding Mental Illness and Schizophrenia

Although mental illnesses severely affect thoughts, moods, and coping abilities, a fulfilling life is still possible for people who face those challenges. Outlining the symptoms and possible causes of schizophrenia, clinical depression, and bipolar disorder, this program explores various treatment options and identifies ways that patients can achieve personal independence. Real-world success stories are featured, emphasizing the importance of support from family and friends, as well as the vital role that medication and therapy play. A detailed discussion of meds developed during the 1990s sheds light on their improvements over previous drugs, as well as concerns about their side effects.

Producer: Films for the Humanities, 2004
Format: DVD, 27 minutes

 
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