On October 29th, Charles Steinbach spoke at SARDAA’s second annual conference, “Shattering Stigma – Realizing Recovery.” He spoke FAST–and explained that “for every thought you may have, I have four. I have rapid-fire thinking. I think fast. I speak fast.” We were delighted to have such an intelligent and articulate author give us a crash course on living with paranoid schizophrenia.
Charles Steinbach began seeing visual hallucinations at the age of eight, hearing voices at fifteen, and hearing degrading voices at seventeen. He was diagnosed with chronic paranoid schizophrenia in his early twenties. He spent more than 20 years learning to live in what he calls “both worlds” — that of schizophrenia and the world he calls “out here.” He spoke about the skills and strategies he used to reach this goal, and his experiences dealing with others and being accepted as an individual, not as a diagnosis.
Charles Steinbach speaks to doctors, lawyers, nurses, college students, police officers, and family members about his experiences with schizophrenia, and tries to help those in need. He has authored four books, and the new documentary film by Earth Country Productions, “Both Worlds,” will tell his story.