Tomorrow in class we'll be discussing what is arguably the most severe psychiatric illness known to clincians: schizophrenia. After discussing key symptoms and subtypes, we'll be viewing this 2005 documentary from the folks at Frontline: The New Asylums. The film depicts the serious challenges faced by correctional facilities, which have over the past several decades been tasked with accommodating the needs of increasing numbers of chronically mentally ill inmates. Many of the inmates shown have schizophrenia or other serious psychiatric conditions.
Those of you who will be absent tomorrow for French camp should follow the links to "watch the full version online." Just so you are aware, as a timing issue, I doubt we'll finish the video in class on Friday. Likely, there will be a portion we will need to finish after the quiz (Ch. 16 & 17) on Monday.
A final word of caution, although there is nothing indecent about the video, you should be aware that the behavior of these patients/inmates reflects the serious symptoms of their illnesses. For some, that includes emotional disturbances that lead them to have poor judgment and impulse control. Many of them curse or engage in disburbing behaviors (the swearing is "bleeped" out, but sometimes imperfectly, and nudity/exposure is "blurred"). So, for example, it may be best not to view the video if you have a very young sibling present who would not understand that behavior or find it alarming.