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Kristin Bell: A Chronicle of Living With Schizophrenia
November 16, 2007

Kristin Bell, a 34-year-old woman who suffers from schizophrenia, can be seen on the Internet chronicling her experiences with the illness. Ms. Bell's videos, which appear on YouTube, describe not only her personal experiences with the symptoms of schizophrenia, but also her efforts to educate the public about the illness in general. We've been impressed by how well she communicates in her videos (very clear and professional) and we think you will be too.

Ms. Bell, a self-described "professional student," has been in college for the past several years because of the difficulties she has as a result of schizophrenia. In addition to being a student, she seems to have at least one job, and according to one of her videos, also does volunteer work.

Recently, Ms. Bell has created a new video blog (vlog for short) called KristinOnMeds (she has two vlogs on YouTube). On KristinOnMeds, she describes in-detail her current experiences in living with schizophrenia. In her other vlog she discusses aspects of her life such as work, volunteering, school, etc. Ms. Bell also has a blog.

Ms. Bell developed her first symptoms of schizophrenia at the age of 15, and experienced her first psychotic breakdown at 16. Judging from the positive comments on YouTube, her willingness to share her experiences on the Internet is appreciated by many people.

Kristin Bell's Website
 

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