Hi guys, it’s been a while since I posted about mental illnesses, so I’m quickly sharing a video that chronicles a day in CNN top journalist/anchor/producer, Anderson Cooper’s life. What makes it really thought-provoking is that he willingly takes on an experiment wherein he goes about his normal daily activities as a schizophrenic, using simulations of the things that really occur inside the mind of someone with schizophrenia. UPDATE: You can read his own blog post here which also gives insight from Pat Deegan, the clinical psychologist and an actual schizophrenic who designed the experiment.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term, schizophrenia is a chronic mental illness wherein the afflicted persons have major difficulty understanding what is real and what is imagined. This affects everything in their lives and causes them to act ‘abnormal’, effectively disabling the person. I’d say probably eight out of 10 times these are the people whom society labels as ‘mad’ or ‘crazy’, and as someone for whom this topic is close to home, I try to shed some light on the subject whenever I can.
From what I know of the disorder, it’s a pretty accurate representation of what it’s like, which is why it struck such a chord with me and I just knew that I had to share it. I really admire Anderson Cooper and his great work, and I believe this experiment is a beautiful example of how journalists can use their influence for good. Watch the video below to see Anderson Cooper give schizophrenia a shot, and please, try to keep this in mind the next time you feel like calling people ‘crazy’, or stigmatising and ‘trolling’ someone who actually has a mental illness to live with. It certainly isn’t a walk in the park.
Love and light.