13 Things Psychiatrists, NOT HOLLYWOOD, Wish You Knew About Schizophrenia

13 Things Psychiatrists, NOT HOLLYWOOD, Wish You Knew About Schizophrenia

Psychiatrists stress that you’re not getting the real story from Hollywood’s portrayals of this mental illness. Here’s what you really need to know. “There is an unwarranted and unnecessary stigma surrounding mental illness, and especially schizophrenia,” Michael Birnbaum, MD, director of the Early Treatment Program at Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks, New York. “We’re sometimes fearful of things we don’t understand.” People often get their knowledge about the condition from movies or television shows. “Myths about schizophrenia are most likely perpetuated because fear sells,” says Philip Yanos, PhD, professor and director of Clinical Training at the Clinical Psychology Training Program John Jay College of...

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