Schizophreni What Kind Of Hell Would That Be? Essay

1353 Words Dec 10th, 2015 6 Pages
"Imagine if you suddenly learned that the people, the places, the moments most important to you were not gone, not dead, but worse, had never been. What kind of hell would that be?" -Dr.Rosen, A Beautiful Mind

Schizophrenia is a disorder that is often represented in the media. Many novels, films, and television series have used schizophrenic characters as creepy, insane, and most often than not murders. By comparing these representations with scientific research, this stigma is put to the test in efforts to elimate these highly negative misconceptions of the disorder. Putting the characteristics of these common characters next to descriptions of the real disorder in real patients help to see how Hollywood 's description of schizophrenia is not always accurate. Thus, helping up eliminate our own misconceptions and help to change our attitudes towards the many individuals suffering with schizophrenia. In season six episode 19 of Criminal Minds entitled 'Friends like These ', the FBI 's top profilers investigate a series of murders where they suspect multiple attackers. It is not until later in the episode that they discover it is only one murderer, a paranoid schizophrenic experiencing auditory and visual hallucinations. This is not an uncommon representation of schizophrenia in Hollywood and sadly research does, in some part support this representation. "Recent meta-analysis confirmed that the risk of homicide is 20-fold among patients with…

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