July 07, 2005

Personal Story: Filmmaker & Schizophrenia

Smart family tree

A new story out of Australia may provide insight into the mind of one man suffering from schizophrenia.

Filmmaker David Glover has a brother with schizophrenia. Glover, who will be producing two episodes of a new show called DNA (provided by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation) shares a childhood anecdote:

"My mum's a neurobiochemist, my dad's a moral philosopher, my brother's now a schizophrenic and my sister's a psychiatric aide... When I was a kid my dad (Jonathan Glover) wrote a book and one of the things he thought about was in the future if science made it possible to change the human race through our genetics to make us happier or healthier or more intelligent, whether we should do it or not."

Apparently, BBC decided to make a documentary on the topic and as a result, they filmed David Glover at home with his two sons. Because of the filming, David questioned his father about the documentary. And so began a debate between David and his brother:"My brother was saying that he thought there was nothing wrong with changing people to make them happier or healthier or more intelligent. And I said, 'No I think there is something wrong with that, I think it wouldn't be the same me'..."

The argument became a large part of the documentary, and, Glover claims that he and his brother "represented the ignorance of the British public." Interestingly enough, David's brother, who now suffers from schizophrenia, has changed his view on the topic. According to Glover, his brother, is happy with who he is: "Even with all the struggle and burden and nightmare that he's been through he wouldn't want to be changed."

This personal story touches on the controversial issue of eliminating brain disorders with the use of science. Many agree that there is a link between creativity and psychiatric disabilities. Others think that such an elimination would be beneficial. The coverage of this story is not an attempt to take a stance.

To learn more the issue:

To learn more about famous people who suffer from brain disorders:
Kay Redfield Jamison
John Nash

Source: http://www.news.com.au/
Title: "Smart family tree" Date: July 7, 2005.


Nice account on Schizophrenia. Me too a schizophrenic from Nepal. The article inspired me. I am also interested to make a movie on my experiences in Nepal.

Posted by: Leelaraj Khatiwada at July 9, 2005 03:34 AM

Please do not call your brother a schizophrenic. He is a person & all that entails - he is a person who has schizophrenia. We do not say someone is cancer. Do you see the difference. My son is 2, interested in movies, carpentry, comedy, and many other things; he is not schizophrenic; he is a young man who has schizophrenia; he helps others, he no longer feels afraid or paranoid; he is safe and his treatment is working. I go to the BCSS ( British Columbis Schizophrenia Society ) monthly educationals, Vancouver/ Richmond branch & I, like my son, are gaining "insight" into the illness. His psychiatrist Phillip W. Long, MD is the best & has wonderful outings etc. for his clients. My son is doing so well.
Vancouver, BC
fax 604 228 8669

Posted by: Lyn at July 31, 2005 09:29 AM

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