I just now watched "People Say I'm Crazy"--seriously just ten minutes ago. Wow.
So many people dramatize the facts of schizophrenia and end up delivering a very skewed view of it to the public. It just ends up furthering people's unfounded fear of mental illness and people afflicted with it.
I personally have struggled throughout my life with depression and bipolar disorder, from the time that I was 11 and diagnosed. It took until I was 24 years old to find the right mix of medications that stabilized me and had acceptable side effects in order for me to move on with my life, get married, have children, and actually enjoy the process of being alive each day.
It was so refreshing to see someone be honest with themselves and the camera, do things that are by nature so difficult to do in front of the camera, and let us in on their lives. This really is reality television and I don’t think I’ve ever seen QUALITY like this on the airwaves.
Beyond all of my praise for the film, I want to thank John, personally, for allowing us a look inside his life. He emotes so well on film that it was evident how hard some of the process was for him, and I felt conflicted right along with him, even though I was enjoying the film. I hope that all of the praise he has gotten from the results of it – and the knowledge that he’s giving every viewer an amazing gift - has been repayment for his struggle.