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Schizophrenia: The Harm Politicians And Doctors Do With Their Words

I expect, and I am tolerant of some ignorance regarding schizophrenia. But for a doctor, and presidential hopeful, to say that Muslims, who love America, are “schizophrenic” is an ignorant and stigmatizing comment. It also shows a lack of compassion and understanding.

You can read the article about what Ben Carson said here.

Lately, I have heard several politicians use the word schizophrenic in a way that...
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Our Unseen Advocates And Educators

This past weekend, I was in the emergency room with my nephew after he wrecked on his motorcycle at a Supercross event in the city where I live. The nurses, doctors, and interns were all humorous, kind, compassionate and concerned about my nephew’s safety because of his passion for racing dirt bikes.

While we were waiting for ultrasounds, chest x-rays, and a CAT scan many nurses came in to check on him and talk to...
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Treating The Mentally Ill In Prisons

Yesterday morning I was reading the financial news on CNN, and I came across an article on mental illness.

Although it is a tragic story, I thought, “Wow, if mental illness is news in the financial section, then we have come a long way regarding stigma, and education.”  I felt upbeat and hopeful about our progress.

By the afternoon, this article hit my newsfeed on Facebook, In Maine there is a bill...
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Ten Things I Hope For As Someone Who Has Schizophrenia

Not to experience psychosis. Psychosis can be terrifying, and debilitating. Having an episode of psychosis negatively impacts every area of my life.
To have a minimum amount of symptoms on a daily basis. No day is symptom-free for me, but some days I experience fewer symptoms than others.
No need for a medication change. Medication changes can be scary and can bring on unfamiliar side effects. I hope that my medication keeps working without...
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5 Ways Schizophrenia Made Me A Better Person

Don’t get me wrong, I wish there was a cure for schizophrenia, and that people could say goodbye to this often debilitating and life-threatening illness. I try hard not to romanticize mental illness in any way, but the consequences of having a severe mental illness have not been all negative. Here are five ways that living with schizophrenia has made me a better person.

Having schizophrenia increased my compassion and empathy. I care about everyone who suffers...
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