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Playwright tackles experience of schizophrenia, depression in new work

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Laura Burke was a theatre student when she was diagnosed with a mental illness.

Now Burke has written a play about her experience with depression, anxiety and schizophrenia.

Burke will be in the city next week to speak at the National Schizophrenia Society conference on Tuesday which is World Suicide Prevention Day.

Burke, in a release, said doctors didn’t diagnose her illness right away so the Concordia University student suffered depression, anxiety and psychosis without treatment until 2005.

"There is no doubt that schizophrenia totally altered the trajectory of my life," Burke said in a statement.

"I was at a point in my life when I was just starting to feel that I was starting to be a real actor. Then I lost my ability to feel, to remember words and to be on a cognitive emotional level."

The conference is being held at the Hotel Fort Garry on Tuesday and Burke will speak at 9 a.m.

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