Overcoming a diagnosis: #schizophrenia

Eleanor Longden talks about her experience of hearing voices that led to the diagnosis of schizophrenia, the consequences and how she overcame the diagnosis. Eleanor demonstrates our ability to gain control and create the conditions for change from dire circumstances.

TED summary: 

To all appearances, Eleanor Longden was just like every other student, heading to college full of promise and without a care in the world. That was until the voices in her head started talking. Initially innocuous, these internal narrators became increasingly antagonistic and dictatorial, turning her life into a living nightmare. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, hospitalized, drugged, Longden was discarded by a system that didn’t know how to help her. Longden tells the moving tale of her years-long journey back to mental health, and makes the case that it was through learning to listen to her voices that she was able to survive.

Eleanor Longden overcame her diagnosis of schizophrenia to earn a master’s in psychology and demonstrate that the voices in her head were “a sane reaction to insane circumstances.



One thought on “Overcoming a diagnosis: #schizophrenia

  1. I love TED talks, so I can’t wait to watch this! Her story sounds so amazing and inspirational. I’ve personally been affected by a loved one who has schizophrenia, so I’ve always been intrigued by the topic and am constantly looking for more research.

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