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Schizophrenia is more than a psychosis. Schizophrenia also involves shame. The symptoms of a schizophrenia can be treated. It's worse with shame. Ancient prejudices have created a stigma that still clings to this disease.

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This is what psychiatrist Fred Heggen writes on his blog. He asks: 

Was there a settlement with this stigma the film director Gunhild Asting had decided to take, when she started making the TV series "The voices in my head, "which is shown on NRK? In that case, she succeeded very well, I must say.

In the series The Voices in the Head, we get to follow Ruth Andrea, Maria and Benjamin, who are three young people who have all been diagnosed with schizophrenia.

The stories that are presented are exceptionally strong, and as a spectator it is impossible not to be emotionally touched, Heggen writes.


Many are affected by schizophrenia

The psychiatrist points out that schizophrenia is a relatively common mental disorder, which makes the TV series on nrk relevant to very many people in Norway. He writes:

Paranoid schizophrenia is the most common form of schizophrenia. It is not a rare disease; at any given time, one percent of the population has this disorder. In practice, this means that approximately a thousand new people in Norway receive this diagnosis every year.

Nevertheless, it can almost seem as if the disease does not exist, according to the psychiatrist, which may help to make it particularly disgraceful.


Shame and stigma

Fred Heggen writes about this:

What is it about this disease that triggers the feeling of shame so strongly? It may have something to do with how schizophrenia is portrayed in the public sphere. Usually this disease gets little attention; it is as if it does not exist.

In addition, there is a strong stigma attached to the disease. That is why many people keep it hidden from their surroundings.

In this context, the psychiatrist praises the TV series The Voices in the Head.


Long-awaited knowledge of a mythical disorder

He writes:

Perhaps the most important thing is that it reliably shows that it is quite ordinary, young people who are affected by schizophrenia.

The struggle that Ruth Andrea and Maria have waged for many years must have been an enormous burden for them. Fight and win. Fall. Get up. The symptoms are still there, but they still have not given up.

He concludes:

As if it is not tough enough to cope with a schizophrenia, they should also feel ashamed of having this disorder. Is not that unfair?

Perhaps it will be easier to feel a pride now that "The Voices in the Head" gives us the long-awaited knowledge of a mythical, mental illness. 



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