I’ve recently added new people in my life. I’ve branched out–taking on some endeavors that have put me into contact with people outside of my normal zone of relationships. This is, I think, a wonderful thing. I look forward to these new adventures. One thing has come up, though. I am diagnosed with schizophrenia. I’ve … Read moreWhat’s So Scary About Schizophrenia?
This is my blog. The rest of this website is my e-portfolio. I made it several years ago. You can browse around and see my various, mostly professional, accomplishments. At this point in my life, the portfolio part seems to be a relic of what I once was. Around 2008, I had my first psychotic … Read moreThis Portfolio Is a Relic Of What I Once Was
Lately, I’ve been thinking about money. And I’ve been thinking about working. As readers know, I tried working last month. It turned out really bad for me. But as kids graduate high school and college this time of year and they start turning to the job market, I’ve began really thinking about whether it’s even … Read moreShe Works Hard For The Money
If you happen to live in a safe and secure home, you’re incredibly lucky. For millions of people, it’s just not possible. People with disabilities, battered and abused women and children, people with substance abuse disorders–they all, typically, struggle with finding a place to live, let alone a home of their own. I grew up … Read moreHelp End The Affordable Housing Crisis
I’m going to share with you some things that have been kept quiet in my family for many years. It starts with my first memory. My first memory is of my dad beating my mom. It’s a sad memory and I’ve rarely told it to many people. I can still see my mom, in desperation, … Read moreTranscending My First Memory
Stigma–or, rather, discrimination–regarding mental illness is very common. Most people, alas, are unaware of the stereotypes and biases they hold in their head regarding mental illness. I have been an advocate against stigma and discrimination for several years. I’ve seen far too many instances of bias and discrimination. I couldn’t help but be an advocate. … Read moreOn Stigma
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Introduction It seems like a cruel joke. People who are already in disadvantaged positions are, on top of that, vulnerable to brain disorders. Then, the society that produced the disadvantage (poverty, racism, sexism, etc.) stigmatizes the person for having an illness. I want to be transparent here. I am diagnosed with schizophrenia. I live openly … Read moreJustice at Both Ends: Preventing and Treating Psychotic Disorders through Social Justice
There’s an article here about how experts have decided that we need a large-scale, federally funded effort to end stigma of mental illness. It’s a good article. Check it out.
There’s an article in the Atlantic about job hunting while having schizophrenia. According to the article, 85% of people with schizophrenia are unemployed, while 70% of them would like to work. This gets back to my previous post about how I am an asset. I explained that discrimination still occurs. Check out the article.
Although it’s illegal to discriminate against people with mental illness during hiring, it is well known that discrimination still occurs. People with disabilities are disproportionately living in poverty (partly because SSDI and SSI, if they are on that, provide you with just that—poverty) and cannot find work. Previously, I hid my mental illness from people, … Read moreWhy I Am an Asset, Even Though I Have Schizophrenia
Right now, my doctor doesn’t want me working. I’m simply not ready, and I have to come to terms with the fact that I may never be ready. I have a very good friend who has bipolar disorder. He is also on disability, and we recently discussed working. He was feeling like he should work, … Read moreWhen Having a Disability Means You Can’t Work
I found this really good article about depictions of people with mental illness in the media. The media is not a very good place to find accurate depictions these days.
Do you know of any good films depicting mental illness? One that comes to mind for me is Call Me Crazy. If you haven’t watched it, I urge you to. Not only does it deal with my illness, it also deals with PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, and more. It’s a really good film, and, in my … Read moreGood Films Depicting Mental Illness
I mentioned previously that every time I have been hospitalized (8 times), it has been against my will, and against the law. So you may wonder why I have been hospitalized. There have been times, no doubt, that I have acted oddly. I have had strange beliefs sometimes when I’ve had psychotic breaks. Apart from … Read moreWhy *Have* I Been in the Hospital?
I have a friend on Facebook who is very ill. She has a neurological disorder. She has to have caregivers take care of her. However, someone on Facebook reported her to the state, saying she needs help and is being neglected. So, the state came to her house to check things out. She is very … Read moreMeddlesome People
Because I am disabled by mental illness, and am on SSI, the topic of being impoverished while suffering a mental illness is a dear one to my heart. I will tell my story. I suffered a psychotic break in graduate school. I was one of the people who was trying to escape poverty. I worked … Read morePoor People and Mental Illness