John Sterns, the author and subject of the article, talks about his many difficulties he faces in life. Schizoaffective disorder, according to John, is a co-diagnosis of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. In my high school psychology class and even a little bit in this semester's course, we've talked about disorders, hallucinations, and other disorders related to the brain. What's really refreshing about this article, is the fact that it is written through the eyes of one of these patients and how his disorders impact his life. It's a breath of fresh air seeing the more "human" side to psychology.
Since John was four years old (he is now in his forties), he's heard voices (auditory hallucinations) in his head that tell him to do rather disturbing and hateful demands. Most of the voices tell him to kill himself or attempt to influence him that he shouldn't be alive. He mainly talks about one particular stay in a mental hospital and his difficulties finding any meaning or purpose in an art therapy class. Although he never really personally cared for any of his work, it was the hope and determination to return to his wife and son that really pushed him. Despite his still frequent hallucinations and thoughts of suicide, he "passed" his class and was moved to an open ward so that he may see his family.
I found some comfort, as well as
distress in this article. Coming from a rather large skeptic of the
scientific community, again, I found this article incredibly
refreshing. As helpful as medication and therapy can be to those with
serious mental illnesses, it can only do so much. It was Sterns'
inspiring inner strive to be with his family again that got him
through his stay in the hospital. If you read on to the comments
section below the article, you can see just how inspiring this man is
to those with other mental illnesses and disorders. A lot of these
other readers say how they no longer felt alone after reading the
article and praised Sterns for his brevity.
Here is a link to the original article if you are interested: http://moreintelligentlife.com/story/being-crazy-noisy