The most important message of this film is schizophrenia is an uncontrollable disorder that destroys lives of good people. We do not understand it, but we can listen. There are a lot of symptoms Adam does not have that others do, and certainly the bullying is prevalent in our Ableist society. Some people can learn to live with schizophrenia. Some can accept the hallucinations as parts of themselves, projected and differentiate reality. Some can find a place in between. I read reviews saying this isn't realistic, but I find the disorder varies as much as the people who have it. I loved how Adam was a real, particular, resourceful young man who is aware he isn't able to alter his perception of reality. For some it is worse, and they will never experience success in managing it. However, like any problem, it is the support system that matters most. Yes, if you are highly intelligent, which isn't universal, but is true of many people with schizophrenia, you can consciously mediate and analyze your experience. In this way, people I've know have not overcome, but come to live with their disorder. Most people with schizophrenia are feared, but most are more dangerous to themselves than to anyone else. This is the only film I've seen that shows someone with schizophrenia as a whole person, with relationships, complex desires, distress, hospitalizations, loved ones, and a desire for meaning. In doing that, I think the film is important. There are folks with schizophrenia who are kind, smart, creative, talented beyond average, and deeply sensitive. It would have been helpful to see behaviors like loose connections, and some sense of the statistics of self-harm, homelessness, lack of support, and what it can look like on a spectrum. Regardless, a film showing a less-destructive disorder humanizes schizophrenia, and it is human. Behaviors, showing symptoms and the people who love them through it matters. It's the most important message here. It is hard to get help, but it is needed. And, people do find medications to help sometimes. The side effects of psychiatric drugs, even if they work, is very realistic in my opinion. These medications are serious and can make someone more likely to hurt themselves. Schizophrenia usually comes at an age where your life is supposed to become your own, where you are supposed to be able to move into adulthood, but it impairs the ability to cope. You need more support than ever and to a young person, this is likely devastating. They are fully human, yet they know they have changed, and their lives may spin out of control. Once a young man with schizophrenia talked to me for hours about what it was like to have his disorder. Maybe because I dissociate I could follow his loose connections. The next day I thanked him for sharing his story with me, and then he said, "Thank you for listening. No one listens. Even my mom. Every time I call her she doesn't talk to me, she just asks if I need to go to the hospital." He needed a friend and he needed his family. You don't have to understand immediately in order to listen. When I didn't understand I asked him to explain. And, he did; he thought very poetically. Maybe I understood because I love poetry. Maybe I just had patience. He was brilliant and if we were more forgiving and supportive as humans, we might hear and understand. Also, extraordinary people can accept and love people with schizophrenia, and it is crucial. This movie depicts the ongoing inescapable reality of schizophrenia as it touches a privileged family, with a main character with a realistic, but not universal experience of schizophrenia. There are almost no films about the real experience of schizophrenia. I've spent time with young people who have this disorder, and I appreciated this shows them to be real, thinking, intelligent human beings with hopes and agony. When I was getting help for depression I was surrounded by people with all different disorders. It is incredibly hard with schizophrenia. However, some of my favorite people have had this painful condition. Some cannot overcome, some find medication that helps, some never do, and some give up. Suicide rates are so high for people with schizophrenia, but is this surprising when we criminalize those mentally ill, and are unable to empathize or have the patience to hear them? It is Adam's support network that keeps him from being effectively suicidal, totally alone, and helps with the deep depression and despair, as well as the traumatic roller-coaster of trying all kinds of meds. People with schizophrenia deserve to be seen as fully human, with contributions to make. How would you feel if you couldn't have those things? I appreciate this film because I think that is the main message. People need support, or typically they do not overcome. And, having psychosis does not negate humanity or make someone dangerous. People can be sane jerks, or they can have mental health issues and be the sweetest people, or they can be jerks. Character is not married to mental health, and I think this is an important message here too.