If someone knows you have a mental illness you’re screwed. Stigma says fear mental illness: think mental illness think shootings, homeless addicts, vandalism, physical and sexual abuse, weak character, low intelligence, and lack of integrity. Stigma says mental illness is shameful. If you have a mental illness you don't look or act abnormal. Stigma says mental
I Have Schizophrenia: How What You See is Experienced by Me. The following list is based on what we see in people with schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder told from a first person perspective. Maybe it helps to have a glimpse of the inner reasoning behind behaviors we find hard to understand. It's not a technical/diagnostic list.
Let today embrace the past with remembrance and the future with longing. Kahlil Gibran
Avoid the mainSTream (people get lost there)
She's defensive and cries easily. It's as if an alien came and took away my daughter.
Bipolar moods are intense and extreme: normal teen angst times 10 (or more!)
The warning signs of depression and bipolar disorder in teens and young adults. An at-a-glance graphic poster.
What to look for and how to find help when your child is depressed. (part 1)
From Diagnosis to Recovery: Coming to Terms With My Bipolar Diagnosis -C.G. My
Celebrate being different. You are one of a kind.