Living with schizophrenia is unlike living with any other condition, and no two people who have schizophrenia have the same experience. While most people know of schizophrenia through extreme (and too often-times inaccurate) portrayals of the condition in movies or on TV, the reality of the disorder is much different.
Part of the challenge is that many people with schizophrenia don’t share their experiences with others. Or they’re busy dealing with our broken mental health or, worse yet, criminal system. Or because often the treatment for it — usually medications that leave a person feeling “drugged” or groggy — leaves a person with their hands full just coping with everyday life.
That’s why I’m pleased to introduce Life with Schizophrenia with Rebecca Chamaa. Rebecca is a retired social worker turned writer with paranoid schizophrenia. She’s the author of Pills, Poetry & Prose: Life with Schizophrenia and you can learn more about her here. She shares this hope about her new blog: “I want to share what works for me, things about my personal life, but I don’t want to forget that schizophrenia looks different in many people and my experience while not unusual, is certainly not the only manifestation of the disease.”
Please give Rebecca a warm Psych Central welcome!