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Living with schizophrenia

Virtual reality technology re-creates hallucinations associated with schizophrenia

D S Simon Productions, Inc.

Schizophrenia is a biological brain disorder that seriously impairs a person's ability to think clearly and relate to others. Often people with schizophrenia have trouble distinguishing between what is real and what is imaginary. Not taking medications consistently is a major challenge for most people with schizophrenia and can have devastating consequences.

One of the biggest challenges facing people with schizophrenia is staying on the medication they need to manage their disease. It's human nature to miss taking medications for one reason or another but for people with schizophrenia, this can lead to symptom return and an increased likelihood of hospitalization.

Hallucinations are some of the most flagrant and disruptive symptoms that people with schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders can experience. Approximately 70-75% of people with schizophrenia experience auditory hallucinations, and 15% experience visual illusions or distortions.

Some Suggested Questions For Dr. Keith Are:

  • How prevalent is schizophrenia? What are the symptoms? Are there any known causes?
  • Why or how is the technology useful for healthcare professionals?
  • How can patients get the most from their treatment?


SPECIAL NOTE FOR CBS AFFILIATES: This device will be making an appearance on the 4/26 episode of "The District".


If you are unable to schedule a live interview with Dr. Keith, the generic interview will be fed via satellite at 9:30AM Eastern time. Satellite coordinates are as follows: C-Band - AMC 2 Transponder - 7 Downlink - 3840 (V) Audio: 6.2 & 6.8

IF YOU ARE A PRINT, ONLINE OR RADIO REPORTER and would like more information on the device and the treatment of schizophrenia, please call 212-736-2727 and we will put you in touch with the proper contacts.


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