Friday, December 26, 2008

The Stigma of Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia. Just the name sends shivers. This is the story of an artist & her brother in his last year of college undergoing this diagnosis. "For the next two years, Josh's family struggled to secure the best treatment and help him accept his illness. Levine says the inability to recognize one's illness, or 'a lack of insight,' has recently been recognized as a symptom of schizophrenia instead of a patient's denial."

"Last month, Osterhout teamed up with National Alliance on Mental Illness — New York State (NAMI-NYS) to unveil the educational art exhibit 'Gaining Insight: An Examination of the Relationship Between Schizophrenia and Stigma.'"

Click here for her family's story and here for her artwork & a presentation.
For those interested, there is a NAMI Family Group that meets in Newport every second Tuesday of the month from 7-8:30 PM in Newport Library. Contact me if you want more info. I'll do a posting on it later.
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