Schizophrenia In TED Talks By Elyn Saks

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Psychology is the scientific study of the mind, and Psychopathology is the study of psychological disorders, including their symptoms, etiology, and treatment. In the assigned TED Talks, Kevin Breel confesses how he is seen differently on the outside and on the inside; Elyn Saks shares a story of her life when she had a severe case of schizophrenia. Kevin Breel begins his presentation by stating that there are two observations of his life; the life everyone sees in which he is considered a friend, brother, son, and a teenager, and the life he can only see where he struggles with depression. Furthermore, Breel claims that depression (an intense and persistent sadness) is a severe problem everyone faces but is not given attention. In Chapter…show more content…
Schizophrenia is a psychological disorder that is characterized by major disturbances in thought, perception, emotion, and behavior. When Elyn experienced schizophrenia, she was immediately taken to a hospital and put in restraints. Furthermore, Elyn gives a startling statistic that 1 to 3 people die in restraints. Elyn had been taken to the hospital because of her abnormal behavior and how she spoke in gibberish to others. Prodromal symptoms are the early stages of schizophrenia which include unusual thought content, paranoia, odd communication, delusions, problems at school or work, and a decline in social functioning. After the incident, Elyn talked with a psychiatrist and the psychiatrist told Elyn that psychiatric patients are different from people in the outside world because they do not feel degraded which made Elyn feel irritated. In Chapter 15 it is stated that a psychological disorder is not what a person is, but what a person has. At the end of the presentation Elyn stated that as a society we need to stop criminalizing individuals with mental illnesses, and to invest time and research to understand and treat people with mental

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