| Friday, March 15, 2013 | |

Okay, guys, so THIS IS IMPORTANT!!! This video I found on youtube (after sifting through video after video titled things like, "A Day In The Life of a Schizophrenic. SCARY!!!") is a really good place to start if you want to know anything about my brain part. There are way too many rumors and myths floating around about schizophrenia, and this guy just clears them RIGHT THE FUCK UP!!! It's only, like, two minutes. So please give it a watch, and ignore the fact that he kinda seems like a Tim Meadows character from an old episode of Saturday Night Live. I think it's the way he says, "schizophrenia", but it kinda makes me wanna crack up.

So, there. I am one of those productive, medicated, pretty-much sane schizos out there, and there are a few people who I wish I could force to sit down and watch this, and say, 'SEE? SEE? I TOLD you I don't need to be locked up!!"

So, I'm curious. What kinds of misconceptions have you heard about mental illness? Not necessarily schizophrenia, but any kind whatsoever? Do you guys ever have to battle stereotypes?


Kelsey Elisabeth Benedict Says:
March 15, 2013 at 10:49 AM

Scizophrenia scares the hell out of me, but I have had traumatic experiences because of my schizophrenic grandmother.

I'm not really sure what misconceptions I have heard about it - a lot of people when I was in middle school took the stance of "It's an illness, and not their fault; they can't handle their actions" - which I personally object to (though I mean no offense to you; but I am giving my honest opinion). A lot of "misconceptions" or symptoms that people think aren't real I have seen happen with my Grandmother. Talking to voices that aren't there, contemplating killing my mom IN FRONT OF my mom (this grandmother is my father's mother), taking and hiding steak knives under her bed, and all sorts of scary and creepy stuff that is typically sensationalized about mental disorders. That's the stuff that I had to deal with with my grandmother.

For the longest time, I thought I would grow up to be like her - that was, and still is, one of my biggest fears: that I'm going to suddenly go crazy, like her. And it terrifies/d me still, when I have panic attacks. It's something that stresses me out, and that I am having a hard time getting past, regardless of the statistics that say the chances of me becoming scizophrenic through hereditary means are slim to none - I believe the stats are 1-4% from grandmother to child (neither my father, the direct line, or mother, are schizophrenic).

My personal best coping method has been trying to accept my grandmother for who she is, and avoiding schizophrenics (sorry if that offends you; again, not trying to do anything but be 100% honest) and senstionalized news stories and movies.

I watched A Beautiful Mind in high school for my IB Psychology class - fucked me up for half a year; I couldn't handle watching all the stuff that guy and his family went through, and it resparked all the events I'd had to deal with in the past.

So, again: I hope I didn't offend you at all - that was not my goal - but gave you some honest feedback from someone who has been on the other side of the schizophrenia. :D

Salieria Says:
March 17, 2013 at 6:46 AM

Thank You for sharing this info!

Btw, is schizophrenia inborn? And when do the symptoms show up? I mean, can I be healthy for my whole life, and then, with the age of 40 for example, start suffering from it? I'm just curious.

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