My mom has a friend that has ever terrible disease ever known to man. She is constantly talking about her illnesses; she likes the attention. When my mom told her about my SZ diagnosis (which I wish she wouldn’t have), she says, “Yeah, I have that too.” Are you kidding me?
She doesn’t have it. I know that she doesn’t have it, because she would have been bragging about it before she found out my diagnosis. Now she is telling people she has it and is trying to compare notes with me. It’s totally insulting to me.
Ive known people who are the “any attention is good attention” type. But never faked sz. I find sz one of those things not even the attention seekers will touch. Cause once those fakers fake crazy, people will think their crazy and then they have to uphold that forever or they will look like a douche. And the one thing i know about fakers is they are lazy
Why would you want to pretend to have a disorder that has so much stigma associated with it. I hate telling people I have it. I avoid it at all costs. The only time I talk about it is here or to my psychiatrist or therapist. It’s one of the reasons I’m glad I found this forum, it allows me to talk to people with similar issues and not worry about blow back.
I’ve never met anyone who faked it, but I’m sure it happens, especially on the Internet. On /r/schizophrenia there are some people who come on and insist that they have schizophrenia even though they’ve self-diagnosed and have none of the symptoms. Somewhat unrelated, but when I first was diagnosed, I thought that I had caused my illness and that I must have unintentionally created my symptoms.
I don’t think schizophrenia has the same level of stigma attached to it here. I talk about it pretty freely with people and tell them my diagnosis if they ask. IDK if people fake it but I feel like a fake sometimes. Have to remind myself that everyone is different and we don’t all get the same symptoms. My positive symptoms aren’t as bad as they are for most others with a sz diagnosis. But I struggle a lot too.
People can pretend to have anything. We had a friend growing up that pretended he had cancer and also pretended he was going to treatments. even disappeared from the group for a while pretending he was sick. In hindsight i guess he was actually sick… but not with cancer
No, she doesn’t know any of the symptoms and I am unaware of any psychiatrist she goes to. She does take Wellbutrin, but as you probably know, that isn’t a medication usually prescribed specifically for SZ; at least not that I’m aware of. I don’t like to question someone’s disorder, but in her case it’s nonsense. It infuriates me because mental illness has destroyed my life and for someone to use it as a way to get attention is just wrong. She is simply making a mockery of the disorder.
Yeah I get that, she just wants for people to feel sorry for her right? Maybe that’s a way. I feel sorry for her, tell her that a person in Portugal feels sorry for her lol Sorry, I’m just kidding here.
In my experience no one feels sorry if you have mental illness. They want nothing to do with you and stigmatize you. I see the homeless in the city and say there but for the grace of God go I. How can we solve all these problems in the world?
I have to only thank God for all the help he has given me after the devil cursed me with sz and MS. God made a miracle and cured me of MS. I dare not ask for another miracle only that I do it one day at a time.