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What Is the Point of This Blog?

Through the use of this blog, I hope to accomplish a couple things.  First, I want to make the life of a person with schizophrenia (me) more public.  Obviously, most schizophrenics are not willing to do this, or possibly are not able to do so.  Therefore, schizophrenia becomes a bit of a mystery to the general public.  Nearly everyone knows someone with depression or anxiety problems.  Very few people know someone with schizophrenia because it only affects 1% of the population.  This leads to a lot of confusion and stigma.  Mental disease already involves a lot of stigma.  If you add great amounts of misunderstanding, fear, and ignorance…the problem simply intensifies.  By making my life more available to the public, I hope to provide a more realistic example for people to base their opinions on schizophrenia.  Also, I cannot be considered an exception because I am high-functioning.  I am not high-functioning.  I am considered disabled…only 6% of the mentally ill are considered disabled by their illness.  I cannot work.  I require the assistance of a service dog.  Since I was diagnosed, I have yet to go more than two months without being hospitalized.  I, most certainly, am not high-functioning.   more…