Do you tell people you have schizophrenia? I told my parents, brother, sister and kids after I was newly diagnosed (November 2020). Of course, my husband picked me up from the hospital and I told him right away. I went to the hospital for a diagnosis because I had been hearing voices for six years and my symptoms were getting worse. I was too paranoid to make an appointment with a psychiatrist and wait two weeks or more for an appointment. I had to go be diagnosed as soon as I felt brave enough to go tell tell a professional. So, I went to the hospital. I had my husband drive me.
Anyway, I asked my husband if I should tell friends. He said no. I think I would be judged. While I have friends, I don’t have close friends or lifelong friends that someone would normally disclose sensitive information to. So, it feels like a big secret I’m keeping. My primary care doctor said it’s like anything else. You take a medication for it. Like, no big deal. I guess I’m afraid if people knew I had schizophrenia they would reject me/judge me/gossip about me/anything I did would be subject to “it must be her schizophrenia,” etc.
Only a my nuclear and immediate family know I have schizophrenia. I do not have any friends of any type whether those friends be close, distant or acquaintances. I suspect some of my co-workers know as well as my superiors but that is an assumption.
My best friend visited me in mental hospital but later I stopped my meds and got in a fight with him because he told me I need to get back on my meds. I stopped talking to him since then but I made a new best friend later when I got back on meds again.
Almost everyone I know in real life knows I have it, I’m pretty open about it. I put it in my Bumble profile and still ended up meeting 4 people that don’t care.
I recently removed it from my Bumble profile because people recommended I should. I’ve met another woman since then, we went out for dinner on Saturday, we had a great time and agreed to go out again. She has no clue, I’m going to tell her eventually, I have no idea what her reaction will be. It’s a bit of an experiment, I want her to get to know the real me, then maybe she’ll see past the label. If not I’m used to rejection because if it. Nobody knows I have it unless I tell them but I usually tell people because I have an open personality and dont give a f*ck if people judge me because of it. That philosophy had led to me having people in my life that I know accept me, even with a schizophrenia diagnosis, and I don’t have to worry about what they might think or do or say if they found out.
The only people I haven’t told is my employer. I don’t want special treatment or to be treated differently at work.
I’m selective about it, but I tell people when I think it will help with stigma or when I feel that non-disclosure would be unethical. My employer knows about it as I disclosed during the job interview. Got the job anyhow.