Historically, there is no group more stigmatized and unheard than persons living with schizophrenia. For our narrators (diagnosed with schizophrenia, but currently stable) these interviews marked the first time they had been asked to talk about their lives, and they express an often profound and emotional relief at being able to speak out loud and for themselves at last. Most of the literature concerning schizophrenia is written about – and not by – those with the condition. In this talk, we will present digital audio excerpts where narrators discuss their own insight into their condition, and their very creative and often effective strategies for managing their symptoms.
Presenters: Tracy McDonough, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist and Associate Professor at the College of Mount St. Joseph. She got her Bachelor’s degree at Miami University in Oxford and her Master’s and Doctorate degrees at Bowling Green State University. In 2006, Dr. McDonough won the Clifford Award for Excellence in Teaching as well as Ohio Magazine’s Excellence in Education Award. Dr. McDonough’s current passion involves collecting life histories (with Dr. Crane) of individuals with schizophrenia and sharing those stories to promote public understanding.