Schizophrenia is a long-term mental disorder of a type involving a breakdown in the relation between thought, emotion, and behavior, leading to faulty perception, inappropriate actions and feelings, withdrawal from reality and personal relationships into fantasy and delusion, and a sense of mental fragmentation.
Symptoms include bizarre thoughts, seeing something confusing or illusory, inconsistent speech, and hearing something that others cannot hear, talking alone, being, not answering anything asked, listening to whispers in the ear, incoherent speech, not doing everyday work properly, misconceptions, unreasonable doubts, unrealistic thinking, frustration, staying away from family and relatives, Imposing one’s own failures on others, etc.
Following five celebs have to say about schizophrenia.
1.Beach Boys, Brian Wilson (born on June 20, 1942)
Wilson performing in New Orleans with the Beach Boys during their 2012 reunion tour
Brian Wilson is an authored or cowriter more than two dozen Top 40 singles as a cofounder of the Beach Boys. Despite battling with mental health difficulties for decades, he has achieved a lot of success as a musician and composer. He started having auditory hallucinations when he was 25 years old.
He felt he could hear voices whispering bad things about him while performing onstage. His writing about his struggles in his memoir are reproduced below:
“My career, off and on, had taken a beating. My body had taken a beating. My brains at times took a beating. But I tried to keep my sprit going. I was a survivor. I tried to survive every day. Lot of that came from my dad. People might say that he was one the things I had to survive, but he also helped me figure out how to do it. He taught me how to be tough. He showed me a way to be the kind of person who has to forgo ahead. Whenever I’ve been told to stop — by someone who thought they had power over me, by something that happened around me, by the voices I heard in my own head—I kept going”
2. ZELDA FITGERALD (Born on July 24, 1900)
Zelda Sayre, 1917
Zelda Fitzgerald was an American writer and artist who became recognised as a symbol of America’s jazz age in the 1920s, together with her husband, novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald. Zelda Fitzgerald had a mental breakdown at the age of 30 and was sent to a sanitarium, where she was diagnosed with schizophrenia. She wrote and published her debut novel, Save Me the Waltz, there. Her life has been the subject of several books and films.
Dear Scott, Dearest Zelda: The Love Letters of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald was released more than 70 years after her death March 10, 1948, and includes letters she sent to her husband while she was in various facilities.
“My darling, I think of you often and at night I make myself a cosy nest of things I recall and float in your mind,” she said in a 1931 letter to her husband.
3. Green (Born on 29 October 1946, died on 25 July 2020)
Peter Green, a former guitarist for Fleetwood Mac, has spoken up about his schizophrenia. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 as the founder of Fleetwood Mac. Green’s songs “Albatross,” “Black Magic Woman,” “Oh Well,” “The Green Manalishi (With the Two Prong Crown”),” and “Man of the World” all charted as singles, and some have been covered by other artists.
Green’s personal life began to spin out of control in the early 1970s, although he appeared to be on top of the world with his band.
When he was brought to the hospital, he informed the Los Angeles Times about it. “I was slamming things together and tossing stuff around. I shattered the windscreen of my automobile. I was taken to the police station and asked whether I wanted to be sent to the hospital. I said yes since I didn’t feel secure returning to any other location.”
Green had extensive therapy that included a variety of medicines. He ultimately got out of the hospital and resumed playing the guitar. “It pained my fingers at first, and I’m still relearning,” he added. What I’ve learned is that simplicity is the key. Let’s get back to fundamentals. I used to be overly concerned and overly complex. Now I just keep things simple.”
4.John Nash (Born on June 13, 1928 and died on May 23, 2015 )
Nash in 2006
John Nash was an American mathematician who made significant contributions to the fields of game theory, differential geometry, and partial differential equations. For his groundbreaking work, he received the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1994. Nash’s research has shed light on the mechanisms that regulate chance and decision-making in complicated systems that we encounter every day.
Nash’s struggles with schizophrenia, which are frequently credited with sparking some of his greatest mathematical achievements, are chronicled in the film.
Nash didn’t do many interviews in which he discussed his personal life. He did, however, write about his situation. “Individuals are continually peddling the impression that people with mental illness are suffering,” he is renowned for saying. I believe that crazy may be a form of escape. If things aren’t going well, you might wish to fantasise about something better.”
5. Darrell Hammond (born on October 8, 1955)
Hammond in 2016
Darrell Clayton Hammond is an impressionist, stand-up comedian, and actor from the United States. From 1995 until 2009, he was a regular cast member on Saturday Night Live, and since 2014, he has been the show’s announcer. At the time of his departure, Hammond was the show’s oldest cast member, at the age of 53. Hammond appeared on Saturday Night Live more than any other cast member, impersonating more than 107 personalities, with Bill Clinton being his most popular impersonation. On September 19, 2014, Hammond was named as the next host of Saturday Night Live, succeeding Don Pardo, who had died the previous month.
On “Saturday Night Live,” Hammond is recognised for his spoofs of celebrities and politicians such as John McCain, Donald Trump, and Bill Clinton. However, the audience was taken aback when he addressed the very serious issues of mental health and abuse in public.
In a CNN interview, the actor revealed his own mother’s abuse of him as a youngster. Hammond described how he was diagnosed with schizophrenia and other mental illnesses while he was in his early twenties. According to him, “At one point, I was taking seven different medicines. Doctors were stumped as to what to do with me.”
Hammond began speaking up about his addictions and personal problems after leaving “Saturday Night Live” and authored a memoir.