This month, I did three interviews. Every single time afterwards, I thought I could be more clear. I want to be as articulate as possible when it comes to talking about schizophrenia. Here is my attempt at re-answering some of the questions I was asked.
Dr. Carole Lieberman asked me, “You went to Cornell. How come you could not figure out that you had schizophrenia?”
I had been trusting my brain and ears for thirty years. When I heard something, I believed that I heard it. I didn’t question my own ears. I definitely didn’t question my own brain. For me, it was hard to realize that my brain was broken all of a sudden. When facing something abnormal, I had to react in a way that has never been done before. Also my blog post: It’s Logical!
Michael Dolan asked, “What do you say to help others?”
Of course, everyone’s schizophrenia experience is different. I don’t think I can make a blank statement that would help everyone. For me, I just wanted to work everything out in my head. So I just kept trying to understand my problems and find solutions. Luckily, I have great, caring, and smart friends. I have great access to good care. It all worked out for me now. But also, my blog post: Know the Signs.
A friend shared, “Thank you for sharing and being open about your struggle.”
I am one of the lucky ones. Now that I am 45. I think schizophrenia in full force might have took up about one year of my life in total. This is how I did the math. Before triggering schizophrenia, I had 28 years of life without it. Between age of 29 to 39, so in ten years, I had two major episodes, plus minor flare ups in between them. Then I have been fine. I don’t want to downplay or overstate schizophrenia in my life. It is for sure a strong force. But it’s not all my life. For the rest of my life, it’s been wonderful. I have a full life and feel very blessed.