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Schizophrenia Project

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Anna Mirats

on 7 July 2013

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Transcript of Schizophrenia Project

1. What is schizophrenia?
2. Current approaches
3. New approaches
4. Case study
5. Discussion
6. Conclusion
A bit introduction to schizophrenia
Complex brain disease in which there's a malfunction of the brain circuit, causing an imbalance between neurotransmitters.
Group of disorders comprising:
Loosening of associations
Delusions and hallucinations
Mood changes
Strange behaviour
- Films show a distorted version of reality

- Cinema is an important place where stigmas can be toppled

- It is time to change this perception in order to decrease the stigmatization
New approaches
Schizophrenia depicted in international movies
Having schizophrenia
being mad, violent, dangerous...
What encourages such negative adjectives?
split + mind

Fragmented thinking
People's behaviour
"He was reportedly diagnosed with schizophrenia at the age of 15 and in 2001 he was jailed for beating a 13-year-old boy to death. Judicial authorities released him a year later as his illness meant he was not legally responsible for his actions."

"He was placed in shackles after his release, but his mother built the cage after he escaped and walked around his home village scaring local residents, the report said."
Collective memory
How is it created?
What is it?
How is schizophrenia represented
in collective memory?
Collective memory
Can't receive treatment
are dangerous / violent
are not normal
Schizophrenia in horror movies
Why are mental illnesses
so used in the cinema?
Analysed films
- Psycho (1960) Alfred Hitchcock
- Shining (1980) Stanley Kubrick
A beautiful mind (2001) Ron Howard

Spider (2002) David Cronenberg
- Secret Window (2004) David Koepp
Hide and seek (2005) John Polson
Shutter Island (2010) Martin Scorsese
- Black Swan (2010) Darren Aronofsky
Psycho (1960) Alfred Hitchcock
Shining (1980) Stanley Kubrick
Secret Window (2004) David Koepp
Black Swan (2010) Darren Aronofsky
What can we do to reduce the stigmatization of schizophrenia?
Normalize schizophrenia
Time to change (UK)
- Promote information

- Organize activities and

- Educate
How mad are you?
BBC & Discovery Channel
Would you be able to know
who are the mentally ill?

They are as normal as ourselves
Normalize schizophrenia
Case study
What do people know about schizophrenia?
Which word would you associate schizophrenia with?
Are movies influencing people’s opinion about schizophrenia?
Is schizophrenia really stigmatized?
Which environment determines people’s opinion the most?
Findings and results
From 67 responses...
Why do movies use schizophrenia as a resource so many times?
Ups & downs to the plot + $$$
We need to...
Stop treating schizophrenia as a taboo
Refer to it as a group of mental disorders
Normalize it. Campaigns are a good tool
Production of drama movies showing the real life of a schizophrenic.
Great impact in our daily life
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