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Weʼre raising £5,000 to register ‘Society of Schizophrenia’ as an official charity. Our goal is to help people with schizophrenia and related mental illness.

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I am aiming to remove the stigma around schizophrenia and related mental health illnesses. Schizophrenia is thought to be the most serious mental health condition and is also ranked in the top 10 of diseases a man or a woman can medically have. 60% of male schizophrenics have attempted to commit suicide. It is also very poorly understood. Many people think that schizophrenics are the perpertrators of crime when they are in fact more likely to be the victims of crime. Psychiatry has improved from the days where patients were left in chains and the public would pay money (normally a penny) and watch them writhe in chains or where they were put in straightjackets. Fortunately, also frontal lobotamy, which is where the area at the front of the brain, the pre-frontal cortex is lobotomised (cut out by a surgeon) is also becoming rarer but is still practiced today, along with electro convulsive therapy where a large dose of xurrent is passed theough the patient’s body. Films related to schizophrenia include but are not limited to ‘A Beautiful Mind’, a film about a famous mathematician called John Nash and ’One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ which was adapted from a novel by John Nessey. I have chosen Bobby Fischer as the image for this JustGiving page because it was thought by some that he had paranoid schizophrenia. Sadly, Bobby Fischer ( a US Citizen), passed away in 2008 in Iceland. He was a chess grandmaster and had an epic match against Boris Spassky in 1972, dubbed ‘the match of the century’, which was televised across the world and was the first to 10 with draws not counting and no adjournments. His win ended 24 years of Soviet domination of the World Championship of chess against the historical background of the Cold War. He is thought by many in the chess worls to be the greatest Grandmaster of all time. Fortunately the field of psychology, which is different but closely related to psychiatry, has greatly benefitted many people suffering with schizophrenia. I still feel there is a lot to learn about schizophrenia and as the Society’s founder have a personal interest in the cause as I have been diagnosed with schizo-affective disorder, which is schizophrenia combined with bipolar according to some medical definitions. The brain has approximately 100 billion neurons and is essentially indinitely complex. So, please support me in my mission to raise awareness of schizophrenia, its presentations and scientidic understanding. As Elyn Saks says, quoting Sigmund Freud at the end of her TED Talk, what schizophrenics want to do is the same as anyone else; that is to work and to love.

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