Do you consider yourself part of a marginalized group?

As a SZ? 。°。°。°。°。° or even multiple marginalized groups.

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From the dictionary

marginalized
/ˈmɑːdʒɪnəlʌɪzd/

adjective
(of a person, group, or concept) treated as insignificant or peripheral.

I’d say I feel marginalized.

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marginalised, Judged, persecuted,

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“Marginalized communities are those excluded from mainstream social, economic, educational, and/or cultural life.”

I think maybe it depends on how severe our illness is?
Or is it just a blanket statement that if one is SZ. One is marginalized.

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I think I’m marginalized because of schizophrenia

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we get stigma because we are a vulnerable group and people like to prey on the weak, its human nature, survival of the fittest, means mentally fit now as well.

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Oh this is so true.
Being taken advantage of is easy.

@mrhappy Are you publicly out as SZ in your community and friends.
SZ is a secret only my spouse and one sister knows.

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Yes szs exist at the margins of society

It is both literal and non literal. Literal: When I was homeless i was in a shelter at the outskirts of the city and nonliteral: szs are excluded from social life

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I think schizophrenics are highly marginalized, perhaps more than most other groups, although to be fair every group has its struggles.

We have a disease no one knows much about, we are small in numbers, people are scared of us, schizophrenia is synonymous with batsh*t crazy in popular culture. Most can’t find a partner and are single. People avoid us when they find out.

I don’t like it but I don’t let it bother me. Depression and anxiety have come a long way when it comes to stigma, but schizophrenia has a long way to go.

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I ave been for a long time but i was rediagnosed with a personality disorder, its bull, i hate labels, i’d rather it was just under the same term Mental illness, i do not want the label

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Everything different about me is invisible until I bring it up in conversation.

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Let’s see, I’m bisexual, sza, very hard of hearing, Roman Catholic and latina. Is that marginalized enough?

And yes, all my stuff is invisible too.

Nope, feeling like an ant in the nest. A bee in a hive. A tree in a forest. A sheep in a herd. I don’t feel Insignificant but not important either. I am happy to be a part of the whole sometimes. The world is too big and time is infinite to feel significant. I live here only for a short while. But when i am bored time seems forever.

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I am not a leader and I am not a follower. This Skunk is a part of several misunderstood groups but I do not hide under a rock. I do not flaunt anything but my self esteem has improved to the point where I could care less of what most people think of me.

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Hey @onepercentoff @Headspark
What about the bipolar group ? How do you compare it to schizophrenia? Is it more marginalized, less or same?

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@maleget I can’t really comment because I’m not bipolar and not really part of that community or experienced any of the stigma associated with it.

But there is a smaller population of schizophrenics than bipolar people and I think schizophrenia is far more stigmatized than any other mental health disorder. I don’t hear a lot of references to bipolar disorder in popular culture and the media compared to schizophrenia, and the schizophrenia references are usually negative…

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As a whole probably less than sz but individual experience with both diseases will vary. Bipolar can be a very disabling and marginalizing illness

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I don’t feel marginalized.

I marginalised myself i do not want to be around anyone much

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