I’ve been reading through this site for a few days. I do not have schizophrenia myself and my mental health is generally ok, except I get anxiety at times. My uncle I believe has it, an old friend has been diagnosed and I believe my mother in law has it also. My uncle believes that the government is watching him, planting cameras and listening devices in his house and even thinks they came and scratched all the pain off his roof (really it happened because the house is so old and neglected) he refuses to get help and his wife has become his carer. My mother in law believes that her husbands sister is doing black magic to jinx her family. She is living in Saudi Arabia at the moment and there are no programs in place to seek help.
Anyway, I just want to commend you all on being so articulate, creative, thoughtful and intelligent! Reading through everything you all have gone through has been inspirational to me! That you can go through so much in your lives and with your symptoms and still be such amazing people full of so much life and hope! I must admit that if I had to choose between sitting at a table with you guys or a table of “normal” people, I would sit with you guys, no question!
I have had fears of developing this condition in the past because my uncle has it and because I occasionally get auditory hallucinations upon falling asleep (hear someone talking just as I’ve fallen asleep, sometimes it’s a dog barking etc) but I’ve been told many do this. I also once heard someone scream but this was after I had a baby and hadn’t slept in 4 days. Anyway I don’t even care anymore or have the fear because you guys have all helped me see that it’s not a death sentence. It’s a condition that many people love with and live successfully with. And you guys are all Heroes in my eyes