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Stop arguing. …Shut up and listen.”

Xavier Amador

In this 25-minute video, Living with Schizophrenia, produced by the LEAP Institute, you will see interviews with three people who are recovering or have recovered from schizophrenia.

“Some of the things I wish I had known earlier about schizophrenia,” says Rebecca, who lives with the illness, “is that it’s not a moral problem or a problem with your intellect.  It’s simply a chemical imbalance in the brain.”

Ashley, who also lives with the illness counters a prevalent view of people who have the diagnosis.  “Society views schizophrenia as a person having a split personality or a person who is extremely violent or dangerous,” she says.  “Those stereotypes really bother me. . . I don’t have a split personality.”

In the video, parents and siblings of those who live with symptoms also speak about their experience and what they have learned.  Dr. Xavier Amador, a psychologist and founder of the LEAP Institute, began to argue with his ill brother, telling him to “just cut it out,” or “you’re being immature.” Amador learned the wrong way, what the best way was to help his brother.  ‘Stop arguing’ topped the list.

“Shut up and listen,” says Amador, in a gentle tone.  Listening transformed his relationship with his brother.

Dr. Amador wrote I Am Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help, in which he describes the LEAP method of communication and how to help someone accept treatment. He helps narrate this video, filled with hope. “We don’t have a cure for schizophrenia, but I tell you,” he says, “we have so many tools to make the lives of these people so much better.”

If you have any difficulty with this video, please go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48YJMOcykvc