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.
What to look for and how to find help when your child is depressed. (part 1)
...and so because of my illness and the stigma associated with it. I tried to hide it. Thinking that if I was who I was on the inside no one would love me or support me. I never have been so glad to be wrong.
CRAZY is an award-winning art book created by youth for youth as a visual "insider's guide" to what depression and anxiety feel like and how they can affect your daily life and relationships.
artwork: "I Want Out" by Paul V.