Cecilia McGough puts a face to schizophrenia and helps empower college students through the upcoming non-profit Students With Schizophrenia.
Students With Schizophrenia: http://sites.psu.edu/studentswithschizophrenia/
I Am Not A Monster: SCHIZOPHRENIA: http://sites.psu.edu/ceciliamcgough/
Cecilia McGough is an astronomer, activist, and writer as a Penn State Schreyer Honors College scholar pursuing a major in Astronomy & Astrophysics. Cecilia is the founder and current president of the Penn State Pulsar Search Collaboratory. She has been participating in pulsar research continuously since December of 2009, co-discovering pulsar J1930-1852 with the widest orbit ever observed around another neutron star, competing in the International Space Olympics held in Russia, and co-authoring her research in the Astrophysics Journal. Cecilia is a mental health activist in fighting against the negative stigma towards mental illness. She is the founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of the soon to launch non-profit Students With Schizophrenia which is the only non-profit in the United States focused on empowering college students with schizophrenia.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx
TED hit me up I have some interesting information to share and ideas that I believe could benefit humans everywhere. This AI and automata, machine learning is mighty interesting. I love me some cybernetics. Hence my profile pic. Check me out @soundcloud User51501404. The first ever Cybernetic genre I call ScreenScratch Raps. Because you’ll simply scratch at your phone screen or laptop in disbelief on how great the music is. Toodles.
She just couldn't be more right about how lonely it feels to have a mental desease. Any such organisation may, and will, be something worth working for. And I hope some day it will cross the ocean and get to Europe.
I just want to say how much this inspired me. I'm something of a rare case, I was diagnosed at the age of 12 (almost 13) which shocked even the multiple psychiatrist who diagnosed me. I have spent many years dealing my hallucinations (I'm 17 now) and as, what is practically a child, hearing and seeing and feeling the things I felt were terrifying. I was too scared to tell anyone because i didn't want others to be afraid. Eventually I found trustworthy friends and I was able to confide in them. They were able to make me more comfortable with myself and I became open about it. I no longer feel I have to hide having schizophrenia and this talk has only helped encourage me further. She is doing such an incredible thing for everyone who is struggling and they are not alone in their struggle. I too can walk around my daily life pretending like I'm not seeing anything. In fact my aunt was surprised to find out and stated I was very calm for a schizophrenic and I simply stated I know how to keep myself calm. It's not easy for anyone but remember you're never alone. There will always be someone you can talk to. Don't be afraid to get the help you need.
As interesting as the speech is, there's a real danger in 'normalising' Mental illness..MI is'nt normal or healthy, too much discussion and exposure to the concept leads to acceptance..then to normality.
People with schizophrenia need lots of love ,my mom has it and I got her back ! I will always have her back! Shes a strong cookie! I love my mom so much and admire her for everything she has gone through. It makes me cry sometimes when I remember the trouble my brother and father have had dealing with her during her episodes and their lack of skill and patience in this manner. But I for some reason help her better and have more patience than them. And she does better with me around that's why I let her live at home with me. We are a team mother and son. She has been more stable and happy here and I'm happy to help and I still able to work and pay my Bill's and she helps with alot of things herself!
I have schitzophrenia and the only why its activated is through marijuana I believe. Does this sound abnormal that I miss my hallucinations. Like, i believe it's a gift even though i too hallucinated of spiders i also found defense mechanisms to keep my own brain in control. To this day i even feel stupider on certain medication and believe that just leaving it alone. The police are annoying about schizophrenia. It is actually really scary that they treat us as criminals. We are more scared of people than the other way around.
I thınk I have schizophrenia .This morning I saw something on the table I said my mom but she is dont understood me . The plate is turnin arou nd and ı was also scared. I don t know wat am I should have to do ! O m so sorry my englis is bad because I m Turkhis.
I have schizophrenia i usually hear voices and i wont usually have hallucinations but when i do its mainly movements in the corner of my eyes there are some but mainly when it gets very bad. I will scream but nothing comes out and i see things usually shadows in front of my face coming at me. I cant breathe and my chest fills heavy. This is amazing you do this.Thank you for being so strong.
My dear daughter, the chemicals in all our bodies are the same. The question is why certain chemicals in certain bodies behave in a certain way. Who is mixing them or triggering them or playing aruond with them? Why arent chemical bottles in a chemistry lab not mixing with each other randomly?? unlearn what Greek-rooted modern science has taught you by delving into some ancient knowledge!
Yikes her mom sounds exactly like my mom and i cant bring myself to get any medical help account of bad experiences with failed attempts of getting anywhere in therapy and getting help. Ive even had my parents call the police on me and went to the hospital more than once desperately trying to reach out to anyone but the people at the hospital didnt believe me or something like that. I wanted to commit suicide right infront of the mental health clinic with the best suicide note ever hopefully with the write message in it so that people maybe open up and become a little more sympathetic towards the individuals situations ive never bin believed for whatever reason ive always bin ignored and nothing hurts more or makes a person feel crazier than constantly being told there wrong and having nobody take there word for anything just cuz of the people i hung around with nobody trusted me, it didn’t matter at all that i was barely ever dishonest with anyone. The fasted way to turn an honest person dishonest is gaslighting and lack of trust i was a major victim of both for many years my own mom was the narcissist and my two sisters seemed to follow in her foot steps. I was never allowed to be hurt and my problems to this day. It don’t bother them that I’m struggling at all sept the fact that im still living with my parents at age 32 im declaring bankruptcy and never owned a credit card in my life. I couldn’t even go get help if i wanted to these days ive become a bit to paranoid about the government destroying civilization and humanity. There governments responsible for so much genocide already its sickening.
omg wtf, I can't believe those RAs called the police to come and get her. I'm sure they could have looked around for someone they knew who had a car that could have gone with them and her to the hospital.
My moms teachers son had schizophrenia, he went into the bushes and cut his arm off with a chainsaw. 😞 it’s so sad what mental illness does to people. three years ago my best friend threw himself in front of a semi and died. His last words to me was “the dog says he loves you”. I still don’t know what that means. I am thankful this video is bringing light to Schizophrenia, because I think it would save countless lives just like my best friend. 👍🏽
She said something like many people has schizophrenia and maybe they still don't know. So, I wonder about repetitive or lucid nightmares have relation with this because I know someone that always has hard nigthmares and they evolve to worst and this person seem having depression and also it intent to take out its life.
My mood symptoms and negative symptoms tend to be the worst part of my illness, but occasionally I'll get hallucinations and delusions (which are mostly under control with a depot injection). Cecilia, you are amazing.
We need more awareness and understanding in our modern day society about such serious mental illnesses.
If I saw a clown, following me around, I would fricking lose it. I hate clowns, if I didn't go insane, because of the clown, I would have because of the spiders. And that girl? Bich nooooooooooooo (also I know how to spell b*tch but like yah)
All I can say is thank you for sharing your story. My brother has schizophrenia and it is hard to live with him sometimes. He has had it since he was 20 when our mother passed away and we are in our late 40's and he is just now talking about what he sees and hears. People living with this disease this living nightmare are truly amazing. I don't know if I could do it and you are so brave for telling your story.
Şizofreniyi ayrıntılı bir biçimde anlatmasını bekledim benim babam şizofreni ve aklınızın bile hayal edemeyeği şeylerle karşılaşıyoruz en küçük örnek vereyim evdeki çoğu eşyayı bizden habersiz gizli gizli atmıştı nedeni sorulduğunda ise atmamı söylediler dedi bu en küçük örnek.
Cecilia, you are a gift to the world - and not just for those with schizophrenia. Brave. Determined. A beautiful role model for us all. Well done on your daily conquering. May you keep on extending the kindness that you extend to others, to yourself as well.
People with debilitating mental health problems are a ticking time bomb. They can ruin the lives of people who are competent in the world. I am filled with hatred towards people with schizophrenia in particular. We'll see how this girl is doing in the next 10 years.
My sister my father and I are mentally ill. My father would do drugs and act out in very embarrassing behavior. He was also physically and verbally abusive. My sister and I got and still get the help we require. My father on the other hand continued to do drugs and to act abusive. We eventually had to draw the line knowing he could not get his act together and kick him out of our home and our lives. I have not spoken to him in years. He now has 3 grandchildren. We told him about his grandchildren but he will not be a part of their lives.
everything she describes is that of a Paranoid schizophrenic. schizophrenic and Paranoid schizophrenia are 2 very different things. this upsets me that this is a TED Talk because i like to think these are education but this is a huge misinformation here.
im a bipolar who hallucinates occasionally. they're mostly audible and they come in the form of kids, playing and laughing. visually, i have moments of completely disconnecting from reality, even myself, and i cant figure out the time and space of anything. somethings my brain slips into a trance of numbers and colors and i begin to assign specific numbers and colors to everyday things. it's happened while i' m driving which is really scary
i always thought i'd been seeing and hearing ghosts, but now I'm wondering if they weren't hallucinations going all the way back to my childhood.
Schizophrenia it's nothing to embrace. People with schizophrenia normally can't control themselves and separate reality from their allucinations. She is one in a million but she can't just pretend to people not be afraid from a mental desease that dangerous. I had a cousin and a friend with schizophrenia and they committed suicide.
How can i know myself problm? I feel like others me talk inside my head, and i easily swing my mood when i angry then i try hard to turn my happy mood in few min. When i angry i scare of my self. It's scare me much and turn me being diffrnt person. Are i am normal??
Ben de bu yüzden psikoloji okumak istiyorum. Klinik psikolojiden yüksek lisans yaparak ihtiyaç duyan kardeşlerime yardım etmek istiyorum. Şizofreni, sosyopat, obsesif.. bunlarda ayiplanacak bir durum yok. Bir grubun gibi normal olabilecek şeyler. Hayalim, bir çok insanın elinden tutmak birçok zorluğun üstesinden beraber gelmek.
I have schizophrenia when I was twenty years old.. I dropped out of college then. But it's a one (maybe two or three) times thing, the hallucinations I mean. But it's more of I am making my own theories / beliefs which don't make sense at all
I have not schizophrenia.but I learned more about this because of my anxiety disorder.i thing it's hard for a person having schizophrenia with horrible hallucinations .she learned more about her illness.i don't considering this disease as an illness in her case.cause its the strongest part that made her strong .
+Patrycja You're welcome, I see it as a responsibility to educate ourselves about what others are going through so that we really can help when people reach out by making informed decisions and not making situations worse.
Lani Jauregui-Hansen you are amazing too because you are trying to understand mental disorder and not everyone do it! I dont have a schizofrenia but something alse and I just know how people can ignore problem which is hurtful. Thank you:) (im sorry for my ang!)
I was in such strong denial of having this myself in my earlier years that I refused to admit I would hear and see things I knew we're not part of reality. I thought I would be even more hated, looked down upon, and feared because of the stigma surrounding it. I had attempted suicide numerous times and for years I denied myself proper help due to fear of how others will view me. I opened up about it only a year ago, I got help, I cope through the arts, and found that I didn't need to fear anything anymore because people will either be willing to hear me out and be educated or be removed from my life. No one should carry shame for something that is not their fault, that is stigmatized by uneducated people who base their lives on the opinions of other uneducated people. We are not monsters, we are human beings.
I feel lucky to be able to be alive today to see people like this coming forward and speaking openly about it because it gives me strength to continue no matter how hard things may be. I just hope others can find the same strength in seeking help and find comfort knowing that there are people out there who do not have this and who know we are not monsters.
What amazing bravery and talent this young lady has. Thank you for working to help others with the lessons you have learned. You have definitely helped me see a different side to this disease and break stereotypes.
About the girl with the knife, man, a terrifying demon stabbing you, talking to you, and having access to all your insecurities and using them against you. No wonder why they cannot take it. All scizophrenics are so brave i admire them
People are Much more compassionate to Me when I say I have a “chemical imbalance in My brain” then if they are really friendly and care I will say “I have schizophrenia” just a little bit of Neuro Linguistic Programming makes such a difference.
Thank you Cecilia
PS I am 58 years old and despite it all, I’m still going strong, and have a happy life....so it can be done
Best Wishes All xx
My psychosis was 7 months long ... what the votes did to me is far too much to tell, I spent 10 hours every day bathing for months and this overwhelming being tortured me in every imaginable way. Nobody ever interriert what I've been through ... Absolutely nobody .. not my parents, not the doctors and since I'm a loner also no friends ... it's been 3 years since I was released from the hospital .. I was 13 months in there and nobody talked to me about my inner world. I become more and more a heartless sick psychopath every day .. I do not know any human I still like .. I hate you all ...
Probem 1 Nobody noticed in the episode, Problem 2 no psychoanalytic Support.. only medications after diagnosis, problem 3 Medikation makes jo to a Rock.. you can Not do anything.. and its realy hard For a Person with big Goals in Life.. . My english is still Bad, i hope i can Change somewhing in the good ... Thanks you to Note me..
Great that you have created an organisation. A shame that people spend three or four years as students in the main. Schizophrenia does not have a short-life span, and graduates take it with them into the real world, and there are so many different issues people face that needs addressing
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