Climbing Everest to Dispel Fears About Schizophrenia
Stuart Baker-Brown, who was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia in 1991, is preparing to climb Mount Everest again. He made the trek to Mount Everest Base Camp in 2003, and is training now to scale the North Face of Everest in 2007. The climb is symbolic of the daily challenges he faces in coping with his disorder, and he hopes to inspire people to change their perceptions about those who have mental disorders, such as the common view that people with mental disorders are more violentand dangerous than everyone else.
“Sufferers of severe mental illness are good intelligent people who look at the world from many different angles. This makes us seem alien to society, simply because our different thoughts and reasoning often don’t conform to the way society thinks and sees things for themselves…”
Read more about him, schizophrenia, Everest, and his trek here.
Cox, H. (2006). Climbing Everest to Dispel Fears About Schizophrenia. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 27, 2015, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2006/03/20/climbing-everest-to-dispel-fears-about-schizophrenia/