Top Ten Things People With Schizophrenia Shouldn’t Do

Good day good readers! How nice it is to be back among you! Today is a very special day and yesterday was pretty amazing too. As you can see by the photo good readers, I did my civic duty the other day and went to the Police Academy to teach new police recruits about mental health and how to deal with people who are experiencing psychosis. Yesterday I gave two talks to students about mental health, then had to travel to the outskirts of the city and teach a class in creative writing. When I have days like this I think back to the old USArmy commercials that used to say, “In the Army, we do more before 9am than most people do all day.” I remember wanting to join the army back then because I was already aware at a young age of how precious our days are, how absolutely irreplaceable things like sunrises, first kisses and time with loved ones is.

Today I should probably try and cover other topics though. The truth is, I don’t know ten things that people with schizophrenia shouldn’t do. The truth is, people with schizophrenia should be able to do just about anything. This brings up two situations I can think of that are somewhat unique. The first is that, provided your medications work well for you, anyone with a mental illness should have few symptoms. To take that a step further to describe my situation, I kind of feel that my only symptoms of note are side effects of my medications. I guess I could add one or two things that don’t generally go away with medication. One is a positive sense of self. Possibly due to the stereotyping of people with schizophrenia and other forms of stigma, many people diagnosed with mental illness can not take their medication, or pick and choose which medications to take. Living in this sort of denial is very dangerous, but the sad truth is the person with the illness is the last person who should be blamed for such a reaction.

When someone refuses treatment, it means that the world has built up walls around them that keep them from their true potential. The reason I say this is because I recall how devastating it was when I first became ill to learn that not only was this a lifetime illness, but it was implied that I would never get the level of recovery I do now. This of course was total garbage, at least on the second point. I almost wanted to post the title above as a challenge to people who don’t accept that things will never happen for them, they will never marry, they will never travel, and much more. There is a sad truth, that is you may need to comply with treatment for a very long time before you see the results you so desperately hope for, but one day any person with schizophrenia can have a decent, normal life.

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