People Say I'm Crazy (2003)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Illnesses & Disabilities, Biography, Psychology, Sociology  |   Release Date - Apr 30, 2004 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 86 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Along with his sister, Katie Cadigan, John Cadigan directs People Say I'm Crazy, a documentary revolving around his own struggle with schizophrenia. As a child, Cadigan enjoyed no small amount of popularity -- he was both an athlete and an artist -- but by his senior year in college, he was diagnosed with severe schizophrenia and barely escaped spending his life inside of a mental institution. This film documents Cadigan's medical milestones, as well as setbacks, and captures the young man in stages of rehabilitation, including the search for a suitable antipsychotic drug regimen and ECT (electro-convulsive therapy) sessions. With support from his doctor and family, Cadigan managed to re-enter society and begin what would become a successful career as a woodcut artist. People Say I'm Crazy was aired on HBO in the summer of 2004, and was co-produced by Oscar winner Ira Wohl.

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schizophrenia, artist, creativity, fear, healing, honesty, improvement, paranoia, setback, struggle, suffering