“Please hear this: There are not ‘schizophrenics’, there are people with schizophrenia.”

10 07 2012

Here is another fascinating story of a person with a health condition and disability. In this video by TED, Elyn Saks , a mental health law scholar and writer,  speaks for the rights of mentally ill people. In 2007, deep into her career, Saks dropped a bombshell–her autobiography, The Center Cannot Hold. In it, she reveals the depth of her own schizophrenia, now controlled by drugs and therapy. Clear-eyed and honest about her own condition, the book lent her new ammunition in the quest to protect the rights and dignity of the mentally ill. Thank you Namma for recommending this interesting lecture!

To watch and hear this lecture click HERE 



One response

10 07 2012

I do not use the term ‘schizophrenic’ either; rather, a person suffering from schizophrenia. We don’t call a person with cancer ‘cancerous’ now do we, so why use the term ‘schizophrenic?’

Edith Sachs is a very brave woman to speak out the way she did and I am full of admiration. i also think that her husband must be a very special person indeed. If we had more people like Edith around, maybe the stigma associated with mental illness could really be dimished.

Thank you.
Jill Sadowsky

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