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I Am Not A Monster: Schizophrenia | Cecilia McGough | TEDxPSU

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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
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Jason Thomas (16 часов назад)
I can’t stand the smacking in her mouth when she talks. Swallow your spit omg.
Don Zeke (17 часов назад)
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.
Amr Ahmed (19 часов назад)
You are not a monster, you are a Hero and you are a role model for every human being in this planet.
diana ferrando arqued (20 часов назад)
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.
Logan Montes (22 часа назад)
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.
Ben Nevers (23 часа назад)
Had my first break a month ago, amazing video. Makes me feel encouraged to embrace life with the help I now have.
Tony Crossley (1 день назад)
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.
OtavioFesoares (1 день назад)
Her clothes are awesome damn
pmwedoable (1 день назад)
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!
Kevin John (1 день назад)
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.
Kevin John (1 день назад)
Schizophrenia is a gift.
RandomKitteez _ (1 день назад)
The sounds her mouth makes tho 😖😖
Yeşim Yildir (1 день назад)
O nasıl bir aksandır,eridim xd
agustd infires (1 день назад)
I have schizophrenia and my episodes sometimes cause me to try to take my own life, this made me proud of who I am and I am no longer ashamed.
Imy Thwesak (2 дня назад)
I have it as well along with major depression
Ben ZeZe (2 дня назад)
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.
Gampi Nyokir (2 дня назад)
Wow awesome really admire u
RonnyDonny13 (2 дня назад)
I thought schizophrenia was where people have other personalities inside their head
Allison_Arian _ (2 дня назад)
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.
wolf xex (2 дня назад)
I have schizophrenia and this honestly makes me feel not so alone? If that's how I can describe it?
Abraham Jos (2 дня назад)
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!
Beyza Yildiz (2 дня назад)
Helal olsun
Mirra Person (2 дня назад)
A young man, Timofey Rudenko, entered the final game of the popular Russian TV show Battle Psychics, with schizophrenia. He is the best clairvoyant.
Sam Norris (3 дня назад)
"The clown is actually in the audience today..." Faaaaaaarrrk man.
AnnMarie Tucker (3 дня назад)
If it wasn't for meeting Ms Kim I would be dead
AnnMarie Tucker (3 дня назад)
You're not a monster. I'm suicidal
maisaeki (3 дня назад)
I thought that was imallexx in the thumbnail lmfaooo
Andy Krohn (4 дня назад)
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.
Max (4 дня назад)
Monica Quinn (4 дня назад)
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.
lnaive (4 дня назад)
She is so brave and powerfull to share this.
Posaree Rathwell (4 дня назад)
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. 👍🏽
tendo pain (4 дня назад)
God the sounds of sput when she talks
HU GO (4 дня назад)
aq psikopatı amk senin
Sibel Senol (4 дня назад)
İnsanların beden diline, bakışlarına, konuşmalarına oldukça dikkat ederim. Söylenmese de psikolojik problemleri olduğunu anlarım. Bu hanımefendi'nin gerçekten "ciddi" sorunları olduğunu düşünüyorum
Capri-Sun (4 дня назад)
So what if im the monstēeêėęr
Lilly Biggeorge (1 день назад)
maisaeki (3 дня назад)
Capri-Sun that’s been here all along
CherryWish (5 дней назад)
I had to stop watching I’ll finish this when it’s broad daylight
Thomas Mercure (5 дней назад)
nightmares you cant wake up from, very well put.
omid khodaverdian (5 дней назад)
I want to fight the clown 🤜🏻🤡
Heather Cantrell (5 дней назад)
Thank you for helping me understand this mental disorder my friend has it and it's always hard for him to try to explain it me . And thank you for wanting to help others
Osleiny Perez (5 дней назад)
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.
Angelo Barraco (5 дней назад)
She says that the clown appears in a specific area of her view , that area can be on her right so she can cover the clown with her hair
Hopper Grieves (5 дней назад)
Schizoaffective here. 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.
Nisan Demir (5 дней назад)
Lamyeol 77 (6 дней назад)
Such a incredible strong woman♥️
Lamyeol 77 (6 дней назад)
Such a incredible strong woman♥️
Asha -the unicorn- Elijah (6 дней назад)
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)
Some times I have hallucinations where my brain goes haywire and movement is and double the speed but people’s voices become really slow and it freaks me out more than anything
Katiuska Marín (6 дней назад)
Sorprendente.! Porque esa enfermedad se presenta en nerds la mayoría de veces... ?¿
Jenise Abernathy (6 дней назад)
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.
Ali Aslan (7 дней назад)
Walk on your fears marry a clown :)
Buse Kartal (7 дней назад)
You're amazing, you're a great person.
Lilith Gl (7 дней назад)
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.
Alex Ar (7 дней назад)
I was upset that i have a severe adhd but after watching this i thanked god that i have it.
lilMissSunshine (7 дней назад)
She is beautiful!!! God bless this sweet girl <3
Just an innocent Pomegranate (7 дней назад)
I love her outfit!! She’s beautiful
Gail Knight (7 дней назад)
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.
Numbersss (8 дней назад)
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.
She plays guitar (8 дней назад)
Oh! I'm pretty sure she was the same woman who was on sbsk!
Poet Handley (8 дней назад)
I enjoyed this message and I wonder if I've met anyone with schizophrenia, btw she's lowkey hot :)
SethBrundleify (8 дней назад)
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.
T. Man (9 дней назад)
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.
Sarah Miller (9 дней назад)
I’m a week away from graduating at Penn State but I’m glad I’ve just discovered that you were a student at my school and started your amazing organization here.
Pablo Orellana (9 дней назад)
Barrier Boy (10 дней назад)
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.
Pillz (10 дней назад)
2:15 "I tried to take my own life, through suicide." Yeah, thanks for the definition.
Maria Ines Bayona Malo (10 дней назад)
I dont know why i have a feeling she wants attention
Cecilia Ester (11 дней назад)
I loved the fact that she was strong to talk in front of many people (including the clown) about something the people normally dont know about and also she has the same names as me...lol
Faith Smith (11 дней назад)
This is really amazing
Gülfidan GÜLVER (11 дней назад)
Such a good person ! Thank you
Gabriella Byers (11 дней назад)
Thank you very much for this talk. Not very many people are willing to open up like you and I am so glad you started that non-profit it will truly affect people's lives
Clemente Uson (11 дней назад)
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.
Asyikhin Musleh (11 дней назад)
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??
Rümeysa Küçük (11 дней назад)
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.
the tıpçı (7 дней назад)
Herkes insanlıktan nasibini alabilseydi çok guzel şeyler olurdu en azından bugün de öyle birini buldum şuan heheh inşallah olursun kardeşim. Sen kendi hayaline ben kendi hayalime diyeyim :)
Rümeysa Küçük (8 дней назад)
+İpeksu Akgül ne zaman istersen sohbet edebiliriz. Teşekkür ederim ayrıca beni çok mutlu ettin😍
İpeksu Akgül (8 дней назад)
inşallah iyi kalpli insan :)
Izzy May Be Great (12 дней назад)
It’s okay to not be okay ❤️
Nita Pbun (12 дней назад)
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
kath (12 дней назад)
But she is so coherent and logical and she can distinguish reality from unreality
Lani Jauregui-Hansen (12 дней назад)
As someone who does not have a mental disorder, but always wants to try to understand - thank you for this, ma'am. You're an amazing person.
vishnu krishnan.r (1 день назад)
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 .
Lani Jauregui-Hansen (9 дней назад)
+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.
Patrycja (9 дней назад)
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!)
Nat Terrazas (12 дней назад)
Im bipolar and im getting what shes talking about. Its hard but not impossible.
Koala Bear (12 дней назад)
Is she actually a man? Looks trans
Oh Um Yes (12 дней назад)
Nice to know I'm not the only one
Harsh Dethe (12 дней назад)
Does having a imaginary friend who seems more realistic, but still differentiable. Counts in schizophrenia?
Echo Stardust (13 дней назад)
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.
LifeWhyz Music (13 дней назад)
We held a meeting about you. The committee disagrees. You _are_ a monster.
Vanessa Bogle (13 дней назад)
I hope you feel good about yourself, you moron🖕🏼🖕🏼
im that palm tree (14 дней назад)
conclusion: dont watch it, arachnophobia & the ring
klangstonpr (14 дней назад)
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.
Beth Shea (14 дней назад)
Just like everyone in the comments, I am in shock that the clown was in the audience.
Mustache Pizza (14 дней назад)
There's a big red sign behind her and her hair is red
kyriakosthegamer (14 дней назад)
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
Safiya C (10 дней назад)
siemniak not everyone gets used to it .... why do you think some take their lives because of this
siemniak (11 дней назад)
How they are brave exactly ? They get used to it before they do they get very scared and even suicidal. I mean I feel sorry for them but calling someone brave just because of the mental issues?
Peter Nguyen (14 дней назад)
I was diagnosed with schizophrenia 2 years ago and but it does not bother me that much anymore. You learn step by step on how to handle it.
Dank People (15 дней назад)
I once hullicilated that webs hit my face and looked up and it was my uncle with his pants down, I was 6, Lol you thought, im not white tf
Layne Peterson (15 дней назад)
She has nice hair.
Jahmahrah Safilli (15 дней назад)
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
Artus (15 дней назад)
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 ...
sweet mixer (2 дня назад)
Artus (5 дней назад)
I never give up, im in Work now.. :)
Artus (5 дней назад)
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..
Sasitharani Jagadeshprabu (6 дней назад)
I m sorry what happened to you... The only thing I can do is pray for you dear 🙏
Jahmahrah Safilli (15 дней назад)
Artus, there’s no easy answer my friend, sometimes it’s a matter of simply “Toughing it out” until bad memories fade Best Wishes
Alicia Lee (16 дней назад)
Architect (16 дней назад)
You should play Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice.
Scottjbk (16 дней назад)
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
Mr.Irish (16 дней назад)
B C (16 дней назад)
944 clowns, spiders and one girl disliked
Doug Alexander (17 дней назад)
Wow.... such a brave and intelligent woman.

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