The future looked bright for Bill, already living his dream. Five years later, Bill was living a nightmare, pacing a psychiatric ward, trapped in a world of illusions, delusions, paranoia and depression. Today, he is known as a "schizophrenia recovery expert."
William suffered a severe paranoid psychotic break from reality at nineteen years of age. Fighting the odds, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and went on to complete his Master's of Library Science degree from Queens College in 1999.
Sharon holds a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs (1999) and a master’s degree in City Planning (2002). Currently, she is employed by the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network. She finds fulfillment in her work helping others.
Brandon Staglin is director of marketing and communications for Staglin Family Vineyard, and serves on the Board of Directors of One Mind.
Confused, delusional and psychotic, Susan dropped out of her graduate program. Delusional, she once believed she had embarked on a quest to save the United States from a terrible holocaust, perpetrated by an evil dictator. Today, recovered for many years, she lives an ordinary life.
Ashley Smith, author, peer counselor, and mother lives a quality life with schizophrenia.
Rebecca Chamaa graduated with a liberal arts degree from Evergreen State College in 1989. Originally from Washington state, she attended an American high school in Cairo, Egypt, where she met her future husband.
Victoria Marie Alonso is married and the mother of three adult children. She developed schizophrenia as an adult. In her memoir, My Personal Recovery from Schizophrenia, she describes the onset of schizophrenia as receiving messages from God which she was unable to ignore.
Although currently classified as a mental illness, schizophrenia is now scientifically accepted as a neurobiological brain illness. Schizophrenia usually starts in adolescence or early twenties in males and in the late 20s and early 30s in some females. Symptoms vary greatly among different people.
Schizophrenia, a neurobiological brain syndrome, includes possibly hundreds of distinct brain diseases. Some doctors prefer calling these diseases “schizophrenia spectrum disorders.” Symptoms vary greatly among different people.