Schizophrenia Case Studies


There are a number of different research methods used in psychology, but one of the most interesting to the layperson is the case study. Case studies are in-depth investigations of an individual, examining them over a long period of time (what is known as a longitudinal study). There are many case studies of people with schizophrenia available on the Internet--a Google search will turn up a number of them, and you can also find some interesting ones at

Case studies are often used to help researchers come up with new hypotheses, challenge existing hypotheses by showing an instance where they don’t hold true, or take existing ideas a step further with an in-depth analysis of a situation. Unlike research studies that control and manipulate specific variables in a clinical setting, case studies more directly relate to real-life experiences and the format in which they are written tends to be more accessible to the general public. They can really help readers to understand how schizophrenia can affect a person’s life.

Informal case studies on schizophrenia can also be found--autobiographies written by schizophrenic individuals, such as the classic Autobiography of a Schizophrenic Girl, and films like A Beautiful Mind, for example (although it’s important to keep in mind that movies tend to be a bit sensationalized for effect).