Tag Archives: TED

Elyn Saks: A tale of mental illness

I just wanted to share this video from TED Talks. It’s the remarkable personal account of Elyn Saks, a lady who suffers chronic schizophrenia – and has managed to live the life of a college professor and maintain a strong marriage. Her account of mechanical restraints during  hospitalization is harrowing.

“If you hear nothing else today, please hear this. There are not schizophrenics. There are people with schizophrenia. And these people may be your spouse, may be your child, they may be your neighbor, they may be your friend, they may be your co-worker.” – Elyn Saks

Jon Ronson discussing psychopathy and mental illness at TED

This is not a bad TED talk by Jon Ronson. In a fairly humorous 20 minute discussion he points out the follies of the DSM and the Psychopathy Check List. He concludes that our obsession to categorize people within narrow mental illness parameters ends up dehumanizing the patient and can lead to fatal outcomes.