‘The Scariest Word in the English Language’ – a public lecture on schizophrenia

The Scariest Word in the English Language -  a public lecture on schizophrenia.

Presented by the H.C. Coombs Creative Arts Fellow, Dr Gabrielle Carey, in collaboration with Dr. Julia Brown

What did Nobel Prize winner Josh Nash, Fleetwood Mac's Peter Green and James Joyce's daughter all have in common? Schizophrenia.

People diagnosed with schizophrenia, like other mental illnesses, can recover if given the opportunity. Individuals with the diagnosis can be ordinary and high functioning, have families, and go to work every day. We just never get to hear about them. Because while bipolar and autism are household words, schizophrenia is still the disease that dare not speak its name.

Not being able to speak about schizophrenia only compounds the condition. Treating people with this condition as social lepers only makes them sicker. In other countries, where schizophrenia is not seen as a death sentence, nor as something to be afraid of, the recovery rates are vastly different. World Health Organisation cross-cultural research has found that intensity and duration of schizophrenia is approximately 50 per cent less in developing countries compared with developed countries.

This lecture will focus on the social aspects of schizophrenia and how a change in attitude could lead to a change in rates of recovery.