“The Lived Experiences of People With Schizophrenia Prescribed Atypical Antipsychotic Medication”

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Anthony Gill’s doctoral thesis for the University of Leeds attempts to correct the observation that “There is no available evidence that has produced detailed, valid accounts of how patients themselves construct meaning in their lives, and in particular how medication has affected them,” finding that “the stigma associated with schizophrenia has a negative impact on individual’s lives. People with schizophrenia want and need to be listened to, in order for them to have an improved quality of life. It is clear that their lived experiences should be taken into consideration when implementing policy development in order to reduce the social isolation associated with schizophrenia.”

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