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Schizophrenia, False Memories, and Family Memoirs

Schizophrenia, False Memories, and Family Memoirs

Katherine Flannery Dering talks about her life, career, and experience as elder sister of her brother, Paul, as he lived with schizophrenia. She explains her book 'Shot In The Head', She describes his false memories and how she came to recognize these. She highlights the challenges that false memories created for him in his interactions with his present and past realities and the challenges these created for the family as a whole. She explains how her book is her very own memoire, and how this and her family's memoires and memories may have helped them all in understanding his challenges caused by false memories. She says what more she would like to do to improve support for families with family members living with false memories. She describes caring for Paul at the end of his life and what she and the family learned from this experience. She shares her message for families and family caregivers caring for family members living with schizophrenia.