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Hope for the mentally ill

via NPR

On this week’s episode, we delve into a subject that affects millions of people around the world: psychotic disorders.

Millions of people in the United States are affected by mental illness each year. One in 20 Americans have lived with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or major depression.

Yet, there is hope. While psychotic disorders pose a severe health risk, symptoms can improve with comprehensive treatment. Psychosis prognosis is also favorable, particularly with early intervention after the first psychotic episode.

On our show today, we explore real-world experiences of psychotic disorders as told by a new documentary film “Breaking the Silence.”

Our guest: Dara Sanandaji, mental health advocate and creator of "Breaking the Silence."

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Kathy Waterman joined WJCT News 89.9 as associate producer after graduating from the University of North Florida with a degree in multimedia journalism. She was previously a production intern on the station's talk shows.