The Long Process of Getting Better

Today, it occurred to me that, as with any chronic illness, it can take years to recover from something like schizophrenia.

I thought of this because a famous person diagnosed with schizophrenia, John Nash, came up in conversation.

Nash was admitted McLean Hospital in 1959. Yet, it took around 15 to 20 years for him to decide to live a “quiet life” and for his symptoms to become manageable and to even somewhat dissipate.

John Forbes Nash

It wasn’t until 1994 that Nash received the Nobel Prize in Economics.

So, if you happen to be diagnosed with a chronic issue, take someone like John Nash as a sign that, as they say, “It gets better.”


Author: Jennifer Lawson

Philosopher. That is all.

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