Few of us can imagine being unable to distinguish between thoughts, fears and reality.
Few can fathom hearing voices or seeing people and things that simply don’t exist.
Even fewer can relate to perpetual noise coming from within.
But these are facts of daily life for the millions of Americans diagnosed with schizophrenia.
As the blockbuster film starring Robert Downey Jr and Jamie Foxx as “The Soloist” opens in theaters across the country, media outlets are offering rare and much needed coverage and insight into the realities of living with schizophrenia. One excellent article written by CNN’s Madison Park is excerpted below.
“The intrusive voices popped into William “Bill” Garrett’s head. “They’re coming for you,” the voices told the 18-year-old. “Find somewhere to hide; they’re going to get you.” In the film, “The Soloist,” Lisa Gay Hamilton and Jamie Foxx play Jennifer Ayers-Moore and Nathaniel Ayers. 3 of 3 They told the Johns Hopkins University freshman that his father had poisoned the family dog, his sister had injected crystal methamphetamine into his pet lizard and his grandmother had put human body parts into his food.
As schizophrenia took hold, the Maryland teenager became lost within his own mind and had to leave college after winning a full, four-year scholarship.”