Understanding Schizophrenia and Silencing Its Misconceptions - MedCircle

Dr. Domenick Sportelli

Understanding Schizophrenia and Silencing Its Misconceptions

6 Sessions

Schizophrenia is highly stigmatized. Studies suggest this worsens symptoms & outcomes for patients. Here’s the education you need to debunk the stigma.

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6 Sessions

Schizophrenia is highly stigmatized. Studies suggest this worsens symptoms & outcomes for patients. Here’s the education you need to debunk the stigma.

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About the Series

Schizophrenia is one of the most highly stigmatized mental health conditions, but the public perception of schizophrenia couldn’t be further from the truth. Nearly 50% of those with schizophrenia receive zero treatment, and because of its behavioral symptoms, many people mistakenly assume sufferers of schizophrenia are inherently dangerous.

According to a recent study, this stigma actually aggravates the impacts of its symptoms and lowers a patient’s level of day-to-day functioning even further (NCBI). According to that same study, better knowledge about schizophrenia is highly associated with lower levels of stigma. Knowledge starts with in-depth education, which is what this series delivers.

Over the course of 6 comprehensive sessions, leading child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr. Domenick Sportelli breaks down crucial and foundational information about schizophrenia - from the causes, triggers, and symptoms, all the way to the diagnostic process, treatment options, and long-term outcomes.

Schizophrenia symptoms are often severe and debilitating, but with the right education and treatment, a significant portion of those living with schizophrenia can lead a functional, productive life. Being correctly informed makes all the difference. This series will show viewers how to make strides towards a hope-filled future when living with schizophrenia.

Out of all of the psychiatric illnesses that I experience on a daily basis at the hospital, schizophrenia is probably the most feared and the most misunderstood. I want to explain the best of what we know about psychiatry and science when it comes to schizophrenia… medication helps, treatment helps, and many go on to lead relatively normal lives.

Dr. Domenick Sportelli

Dr. Domenick Sportelli

Who Is This For?

Anyone who wants a foundational understanding of schizophrenia and why it’s so often misconceived will benefit from this series.

Health workers and first responders can also gain real insight into the misconceptions of schizophrenia, and can walk away with the correct understanding of the behavioral symptoms that are all-too-often misconstrued.

This series is also incredibly helpful for parents and families who have a history of schizophrenia and want to better understand its triggers and how to spot the signs of its onset.

Some of What You Will Learn

  • What the onset of schizophrenia looks like in men versus women

  • The neurology behind schizophrenia and how that plays into treatment effectiveness

  • The risk factors of developing the illness, such as the correlation between adolescent drug use and the onset of schizophrenia

  • How to find a hospital or clinic that specializes in first-break psychosis

  • How to properly weed out other causes of psychosis during the screening process to ensure the correct diagnosis

  • The latest antipsychotic medications available for schizophrenia and how they work differently

Session Overview

  • Session1

    What Life Does (& Doesn’t) Look Like with Schizophrenia

    Dr. Dom breaks down the foundational information on schizophrenia you need to know. He walks through its misconceptions, demographics affected, and what life looks like if it goes unaddressed.

  • Session2

    The Known Causes & Risk Factors of Schizophrenia

    What causes schizophrenia? And what increases the likelihood of developing it? In this session, Dr. Dom breaks down the risk of developing schizophrenia based on neurological factors, biological links, environmental factors, and more.

  • Session3

    The Subtle Signs of Schizophrenia & How to Spot Them

    Early intervention is key when it comes to effectively managing schizophrenia and altering the trajectory of the disease for the better. In this session, Dr. Dom breaks down signs of schizophrenia at different phases of someone’s life.

  • Session4

    How to Seek the Right Care If You Spot Signs of Schizophrenia

    Seeking quality treatment for schizophrenia can be confusing. In this session, Dr. Dom explains how to talk to someone showing signs of schizophrenia about seeing a professional, what the diagnostic process looks like, and what type of mental health professional is most effective.

  • Session5

    Schizophrenia Treatment Options & Why They Work

    Treating schizophrenia extends well beyond just medication. Dr. Dom does a deep-dive on all the different treatment options in this session.

  • Session6

    Long-Term Support & Management Strategies for Someone with Schizophrenia

    Those with schizophrenia may have a low compliance rate with medication and can have trouble navigating day-to-day life due to troublesome symptoms. So implementing a long-term support strategy is crucial. Dr. Dom shares the key ways to effectively manage schizophrenia in the long run.