Anderson Cooper tries a schizophrenia simulator

What is schizophrenia really like? How do our loved ones experience it? If family members knew better the answers to these questions, they could be much more empathetic–and effective in assisting their loved ones’ recoveries. But how can we know what goes on in anyone else’s head?

CNN’s Anderson Cooper recently learned and reported on what it might be like. Below is a short YouTube clip in which Anderson is asked to do simple thought exercises while also coping with simulated auditory hallucinations. The engagement is similar to an exercise that NAMI’s Family to Family education class offers to its attendees. It is an effective means to understanding a loved one’s burden with schizophrenia’s symptoms.

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