I’ve been doing quite a bit of research on schizophrenia. I have learn quite a lot.
It’s such a sensitive topic to discuss and I really do want to make sure that I do it right and not offend anyone.
One important thing i learnt though is that schizo patients don’t have a lot of visual hallucinations like is portrayed in the movies. It’s more of auditory hallucinations. That was quite interesting to learn.
I guess the reason why they make it visual in movies is because it’s just so much easier for the audience to understand and also carry on the theme of suspense so that when they do the big tell and show that the person was just hallucinating we will be pleasantly surprised.
I’m going to carry on doing as much research as I possibly can but in the mean time, check out this video showing auditory hallucination as visual in the movie A Beautiful Mind.
So as the title suggests, I have finally picked an area of mental health to focus on for my creative project! I picked schizophrenia.
I think it’s one of the facets of mental health that most people are afraid to face and admit that they have. In really bad cases of schizo, you see and interact with the people that are not there. To people, nothing shouts crazy than creating a person that does not exist and having full on conversations and relationships with them, so they would rather sit in silence and pretend like nothing is wrong.
Sad thing is the more you ignore it, the harder it is to tell the difference between reality and what you have created in your mind. People seem to wait till it’s in it’s worst stage before they are forced to get help. People who are schizo also deal with other areas of mental health too. It’s such a massive thing.
Watching shows like Perception help me see how intense it can really be. The lead character is such a brilliant man but sometimes he would rather live in his created world than exist in the real world. Have you guys ever seen the show? I think it’s pretty cool. It also gave me some ideas for how to tell my story. I’m actually loving the way my story is unraveling already. I just hope I can make it look as beautiful as it looks in my head. 🙂
In the meantime, do really know what is real? Check out the video below
So I’ve decide to do a short film on mental health for my creative project class. Still trying to figure out what area of mental health I want to focus on because there are so many facets but hopefully with some more research I’ll be able to pick one or some couple of areas to focus on and do a killer job!
In the mean time, check out this PSA on mental health that got me a little bit more inspired.