News: Would You Tell The World You Have Schizophrenia On YouTube?

I wouldn’t recommend this approach - simply because potential employers might discriminate. What do you think?

When she was 22, Rachel Star Withers uploaded a video to YouTube called “Normal: Living With Schizophrenia.” It starts with her striding across her family’s property in Fort Mill, S.C. She looks across the rolling grounds, unsmiling. Her eyes are narrow and grim.

She sits down in front of a deserted white cottage and starts sharing. “I see monsters. I see myself chopped up and bloody a lot. Sometimes I’ll be walking, and the whole room will just tilt. Like this,” she grasps the camera and jerks the frame crooked. She surfaces a fleeting grin. “Try and imagine walking.”

She becomes serious again. “I’m making this because I don’t want you to feel alone whether you’re struggling with any kind of mental illness or just struggling.”

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I think that ‘potential employers might discriminate.’

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I wouldn’t mind telling the world but I don’t think I’d get into the gritty details of my delusions. I generally don’t like talking about them at all let alone on Youtube.

No, couldn’t do that although have watched some YouTube videos on schizophrenia in the past few weeks, for me, i would honestly never want to be on YouTube, quite surprised i have lasted this long here because i kno I can be tracked this way

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I’ve done it and completely regretted it.

I think your giving good advice,unless the person who decided to tell the world about his illness doesn’t have to work again,so your advice is very nice

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I have told a lot of people I have schizophrenia but have rarely said what the voices said because that was too private to me. Their main subject matter has been me and the embarrassing moments of my life. I will talk about how it affected me and some of the less personal things they said. But most of the dirtiest laundry is between my therapist and me.

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It has come to me also not to believe some things, could be a hoax or some theater college project, mostly for YouTube is music videos for painting inspiration

No, but mainly because the people who only ever talk about their health problems are the last ones you ever want to be trapped in a room with. More fun to discuss cool ideas instead.



I often wish I become famous with my music so that I May tell the world and let them know most of us are kindred.

But I wonder if my paranoia would spike.

I wouldn’t recommend this approach - simply because potential employers might discriminate. What do you think?

I saw this videos on YouTube. Of course, she’s brave girl, no doubt. And this is her step and her contribution to overcoming the stigma and prejudice against people with mental disorders.

However, stigma is stigma. This “coming-out” is not the safest thing. As Frederick Freese said: "… Whether you decide to reveal or not is a serious personal decision. If you are older, established in a career, particularly in the mental health field, it is probably safer to become open about your condition. Obviously, the closer you are to retirement age, the better. But if you are younger, just starting out, you might want to be very careful about becoming too open about being a person with serious mental illness. One important thing to remember is that once you tell others about yourself, you can not un-tell them. " (Dr. Frederick J. Frese, “12 Aspects of Coping for Persons with Schizophrenia”).

To Dr. Elyn Saks it was a serios step too ("… In 2007, after years of weighing the possible risks, Elyn R. Saks, a professor of law at the University of Southern California, published a memoir of her struggle with schizophrenia" - NY Times, 2011)

Would I do it? I don’t know. Probably would not, mainly 'cause I don’t like to see my awful face in common - in the photo, video. )) However, in the my segment of the Internet and resourses where I communicate, I don’t hide my name and full name, although at first, too, feared the consequences. However, I don’t advise this to others. Stigma is stigma - in US, in EU, in Russia, in Africa.

(Sorry for my bad English.)