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May 23, 2008

Amber Main, 19, of NAMI Virginia (Hampton-Newport News) recently was featured in "True Life: I Have Schizophrenia," part of the award-winning MTV documentary series that explores issues affecting young people.

The episode follows Amber’s return to college one year after receiving her schizophrenia diagnosis. Two other young adults, Josh and Ben, are profiled, focusing on Josh's habit of self-medicating with marijuana and Ben's fears of relapse during a difficult time in his family.

NAMI's medical director, Ken Duckworth, M.D., answers questions on the show's internet blog. The blog also includes a bonus story profiling Sarah, a young woman returning from a psychiatric hospital and struggling to regulate her medications at home.

Additional Resources:

Watch True Life: I Have Schizophrenia

True Life Production Blog

Q&A with Dr. Ken Duckworth

Schizophrenia Fact Sheet