October 12, 2006

Schizophrenia Stories/Interviews From Australia

The Australia Broadcasting Corporation has a good radio program called "All in the Mind" that posts transcripts of its interviews onto its web site.

The following links are to pages of interviews with family members, and schizophrenia experts, that we think you would find interesting:

In the Family - A Journey through Madness - A radio transcript of a candid family story of life inside. Inside psychiatric hospitals, inside schizophrenia, and inside a remarkable journey towards compassion, activism and understanding. Penelope and Lloyd met and married after years of cycling in and out of Perth's psychiatric institutions. Penelope's 19-year-old daughter, Tynx, reveals a wisdom beyond her years about the impact of growing up with a parent with mental illness.

Fragmented minds, part 1 - A transcript of a radio show that includes some recent insights into the causes and risk factors for schizophrenia. And a young woman tells of her lonely battle to tame her fragmented mind.

Fragmented minds, part 2 - Schizophrenia is caused by a complex range of genetic and environmental factors but it can seem to occur out of the blue. We hear from a father who first knew his son had schizophrenia when he found him curled up in his wardrobe, psychotic, frozen with fear. We find out about some of the early warning signs and how young people with schizophrenia can be helped to cope with the social isolation and impaired thinking abilities that result from this debilitating brain disorder.

Do You See What I See? Delusions - Cotard's syndrome is the belief that you have died, and for sufferers it is a terrifying state. Delusions can take many forms, from widespread paranoia to a specific and singular delusion - you might think an impostor has replaced your spouse. These misbeliefs are commonly associated with schizophrenia, but they can also occur in people with brain injuries, Huntington's and Parkinson's disease and dementia.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: Good for Everyone?

Outsider art - For some individuals living with psychosis, art-making becomes an act of necessity, a way to bring coherence to experiences that threaten to overwhelm. We meet an artist whose hallucinatory episodes serve as inspiration for paintings and drawings, as we learn about the fascinating history of outsider art

Reclaiming imagination: art, psychosis and the creative mind (transcript available after week of October 18th, 2006).


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