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A New Documentary Film Aims to Help Reduce the Fear and Stigma That's Often Associated with Schizophrenia


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SCHIZOPHRENIA IS A CHRONIC BRAIN-DISORDER THAT CAN BE SEVERE AND DISABLING.  IT AFFECTS ABOUT ONE-PERCENT OF AMERICANS--AND APPROXIMATELY 24-MILLION PEOPLE, GLOBALLY.  A NEW DOCUMENTARY-FILM CALLED "LIVING WITH SCHIZOPHRENIA: A CALL FOR HOPE AND RECOVERY" AIMS TO HELP REDUCE THE FEAR AND STIGMA THAT'S OFTEN ASSOCIATED WITH THE ILLNESS.  THE FILM IS CENTERED AROUND THREE PEOPLE LIVING WITH SCHIZOPHRENIA WHO SHARE THEIR DAILY STRUGGLES, PERSONAL INSIGHTS, AND PATHS TO THE MENTAL-HEALTH RECOVERY-PROCESS--AS WELL AS THE IMPACT THAT THEIR ILLNESS HAS HAD ON THOSE WHO LOVE THEM.  ONE OF THE THREE PEOPLE FEATURED IN THE FILM IS "REBECCA"...

("REBECCA"):
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I WOULD SAY TO PEOPLE WHO ARE STRUGGLING WITH SCHIZOPHRENIA--JUST LIKE ME--TO KNOW THAT YOU'RE NOT ALONE, AND THAT THERE IS HOPE."

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ALSO APPEARING IN THE FILM IS DOCTOR REBECCA ROMA--A PSYCHIATRIST FROM PITTSBURGH...

(ROMA):
"BY SHARING THE POWERFUL STORIES OF THESE THREE PEOPLE WHO ARE LIVING WITH SCHIZOPHRENIA, WE CAN WORK TO BOTH REDUCE THE FEAR AND REDUCE THE STIGMA--JUST LIKE WE'VE DONE WITH SO MANY OTHER ISSUES, OVER THE YEARS.  DEEP DOWN INSIDE, WE'RE ALL PEOPLE WITH DIFFERENT STRUGGLES--AND I LEARN FROM MY PATIENTS, EVERY DAY, ABOUT THE POWER OF PERSEVERANCE AND HOPE.
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"LIVING WITH SCHIZOPHRENIA: A CALL FOR HOPE AND RECOVERY" WAS PRODUCED BY JANSSEN DIVISION OF ORTHO-MCNEIL-JANSSEN PHARMACEUTICALS, INCORPORATED.  FOR MORE INFORMATION--AND TO VIEW THE FILM--VISIT "HOPE-AND-RECOVERY-FILM"-DOT-COM.  DOCTOR ROMA AND "REBECCA" SERVE AS PAID-CONSULTANTS BY JANSSEN, FOR THEIR INVOLVEMENT WITH THIS AWARENESS-INITIATIVE.



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