I’ve been diagnosed for almost 30 years now. I’ve been a member of this site for over a decade. It has only been the past few years however that I have really tried to follow a path of recovery. I think I’m doing well.
While this site is a place for schizophrenics to congregate, I do not feel that it is a place devoted to recovery from the illness. There are too many people here who either do not want to recover or are too afraid to recover. Anti-recovery attitudes are rampant. The negative atmosphere here is almost palpable.
The administration of the site seems to have lost focus. What once was a strong support of the biomedical model has weakened into virtual non-existence.
In AA they speak of People, Places, and Things. I think this applies to recovery from mental illness as well. One must abandon those people, places and things that hamper one’s recovery. One must turn away from the negative and embrace positive, meaningful, recovery techniques.
I no longer feel that this place is a positive influence on my recovery. It is time to cut away that which drags me down.
Now I do feel the need to acknowledge the few who are good examples of people seeking recovery, and who try their best to support each other in sound, reality based ways. You know who you are. Remember always that your recovery is paramount, if something drags you down then eliminate it from your life.