the s word
Schizophrenia is a disease that causes tremendous devastation and loss, but often for reasons other than those that make the headlines. The few who, psychotic and unmedicated, commit acts of violence, are outnumbered by a silent majority who represent no danger but are ostracized and denied the services extended to those with cancer, Alzheimer’s or AIDS. The stigma surrounding this most misunderstood of brain disorders is self-perpetuating, making those diagnosed afraid of “coming out” for fear of repercussions and discriminations. In “The S Word: The Stigma of Schizophrenia,” we look at this disease in a way the media rarely does — from the inside out.