A Beautiful Schizophrenia [was: Re: AI Eureka!]

Chris Hedley cbh at ieya.co.REMOVE_THIS.uk
Wed Apr 10 12:07:19 EST 2002


According to Charles Richmond  <richmond at ev1.net>:
> Many schizophrenics are highly intelligent. Their mental
> abberation is highly stressful, and they weave intricate
> and intriguing stories about themselves and the world.

Schizophrenics often suffer from cognitive impairment,
especially as the condition progresses; antipsychotic
medications tend to exacerbate the situation, to make matters
worse.

> But they are delusional...and for this reason they are
> dangerous. No matter how sympathetic a person might be
> to the plight of schizophrenics, this fact can *not* be
> forgotten...

Contrary to popular belief, schizophrenics aren't particularly
dangerous; any violence that they're "involved" in tends to be
directed at them because of their condition, rather than caused
by them, at least in most cases.  AIUI, schizophrenics are less
likely to indulge in violence than "average" members of the
population.  "Behaving in an unusual or disconcerting manner"
doesn't really count as violence IMHO.

Chris.




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