This week's question is prompted by a recent news article about an "insane killer" who escaped from a field trip outing. He was diagnosed with schizophrenia and acquitted of murder by reason of insanity years ago. While on a day pass with other patients and the staff of a psychiatric hospital, he escaped on Friday. Though he lived in a halfway house as recently as a year ago, he frequently wound up back in the hospital.
My antenna picked up on this story because it is an unfortunate description of someone with schizophrenia. In the news field, there's an expression: "If it bleeds, it leads" on the front page or the nightly news. I do not see the Associated Press or Yahoo News or any other broadcast medium routinely covering stories about people with schizophrenia who are winners like you and me.
Robin, a former blogger here, was a CEO and had a 20-year career in business. I work as a librarian. Even for those of us who do volunteer work or simply work at our recovery, we wouldn't hurt a flea.
When does it get to be our turn in the media?
My question of the week is: what would you tell the general public about what it's like to live with schizophrenia every day? If you had to write your own news story about your life what would you want people to know?
Published On: September 20, 2009