I didnt need a document like that to confirm it.
Ive had stigma for years - even to the point i had to move town and go street homeless.
Im sure most of us on here have experienced it.
The only perverted “upside” is - if they find out your schizophrenic - the leeches and the junkies of this community are more likely to leave you alone incase you go “psycho” on them. Its the one occasion - when stigma has worked in my favour.
I think a lot of the stigma quantity depends on how well you present. If you’re good company for people and can pass as a normal person then people can be very forgiving of the diagnosis. I always made an effort to be as reasonable and prosocial as I could manage in any and all social encounters, so I managed to keep most people on my side. A few sociopathic bullies would take advantage of my niceness but I didn’t take that personally. Bullies just want someone to bully and that’s it, they don’t really care who the hell it is they pick on.
For me it’s been hard to pass as ‘normal’ . However I firmly believe that has been due more to the ASD than the sz/sz-a .
If you have an unusual gait,as I have, then that will trigger others to think that you’re a bit weird. Then there’s things like body language and facial expressions. that can add to the way people view you.
Yeah, i hate the stigma myself. The landlord where i live, hates me because he cant understand why a healthy lookin man, apparently well behaved, don’t have a job and i cant tell him that i just came out of hospital after 8 failed ect treatment, and my thoughts are a mess, and yesterday i really wanted to drink a bottle of brandy, takin some oxazepam and go out on the meadow and go to a eternal sleep
@bluebutterfly Nah dont do that mate. Stay off the brandy. Maintain a calm logical approach. We have to have negatives in our lives so we appreciate the positive stuff.
Just maintain a professional distance with your landlord. Your medical history is none of his business. So long as your rent is paid - he should fck off and leave you in peace.
Mentally ill people can face stigma and discrimination.
Just give me the @$%%!! research money, already!
The main stigma I faced was before I got treatment, I was wildly psychotic, and trying to convince people for all sorts of things.
There has to be a better way to diagnose than leave someone in that state for months before making a diagnosis.
Thanks, @Naarai , yea all that stuff about the brandy and the meadow was yesterday. Better today… i will try to ignore him and keep a kind of logic
I don’t face any stigma.
On the other hand, my sz doesn’t define me.
I have always resisted psychiatry and eventually found non-medicative methods to deal with sz symptoms. I function very well.
I was diagnosed Sz around the age of 39.
I had already established my job…family…and friends-set. So I can’t honestly say I’ve ever faced stigma or any sort of discrimination.
None of my peers changed when they found out about my affliction.
Ha. The ex-wife has still yet to learn that im no risk to my Daughter cos im Schizophrenic. She has a fear from me. Im sure she still believes if im left alone with her - my lil girl would come to harm.
Unfortunatly - some of the social workers caring for my girl still have that un-educated view too. She has Autism. I only pray and hope when shes 18 this year in march - she will make her own mind up and come looking for me.
I think its part stigma and part eliteism. Many people like to feel superior.
Because I am resilient stigma does’t effect me