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Schizophrenia suffer Nicola Hynes on breaking down the stigma

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MY life is the same as anyone else’s in their mid-20s. I work in the beauty industry as a make-up artist at a cosmetic counter, I live with my boyfriend of six years and I’m busy planning our wedding, which is taking place next year where we live in Dungarvan, Co Waterford.

A lot of things have fallen into place for me in the last year after a life-long battle with psychosis. My symptoms started very early in my life and, to be honest, I don’t really remember a time before I heard voices and experienced delusions.

When I was a little girl, as young as four, at my grandparents’ house I would walk up and down the hall looking at all the pictures and paintings. They used to move around and I was always scared that one day they would jump out and grab me. I started seeing shadows walking around at night.

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