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Schizophrenia Chapter VI

Schizophrenia does not usually set in until age twenty or later, so those who experience the condition can remember how they used to be without it. They experience both positive (additive) symptoms—delusions and frank psychosis—and negative (subtractive) symptoms—a gradual loss of interest in and engagement with other people and the outside world.

Though medications exist to treat schizophrenia, they have many side effects, and a large percentage of patients never receive adequate treatment. The suffering can be terrible, and the rate of suicide is extremely high. The Mad Pride movement proposes that schizophrenia can be a valued identity, but many affected people do not subscribe to that view.

The betrayal of schizophrenia is its irrational juxtaposition of things that vanish and things that don't.

"I'm a fiction writer, and he is also a fiction writer, in his way. He creates other worlds; at times he's lived in other worlds. There are characters;…

Paul and Freda, who now have two sons, live in terror of seeing them develop schizophrenia. They considered using a sperm donor, but couldn't bring themselves…

When asked what he was thinking, Malcolm Pease said, "I do not like sex or French kissing. There is gas outside of the Indian Ocean, and there are…

John Krystal said, "The earlier you are in any mental disease process, the less you know what you're dealing with. Earlier intervention is almost…

And when I tried to find the lover to show her how much I loved her, all I found was emptiness and frenzy with that loud sound in the background drowning…

"Sometimes they say critical things, but I can ignore that. Some voices are jerks, you know? You end up having the same conversations sometimes,…

"It's almost as if in our social order we've learned to mask and hide. Schizophrenics cut right through that. For all of her contentiousness and…

Mad Pride represents the literalization of the old saw about the lunatics taking over the asylum. In their own view, these activists are throwing off…

"The therapist who helped the most said, 'You've had the star quarterback. He's run over by a truck, breaks every limb in his body. Your hope now…

"I remember the first time I felt love, after all that. I don't even remember who it was-probably Sam. I just started feeling what it felt like to…

"The problem in psychiatric diagnosis is that we have gone from an analog to a digital model, in which things are matters not of complex degrees…

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