Maybe these other Koreans with schizophrenia don’t care much about what people think of them in general. It makes sense that if someone’s sense of self comes mainly from within, then having a mental illness like schizophrenia would only hurt if it hurts to know you have a problem.
People are the way they are. As long as they’re not being violent about it, it shouldn’t matter. Just change your interpretation of it.
You shouldn’t care about the opinions of perfect strangers. If they talk strangely or ill to you you can just distance yourself from it emotionally and maybe say “that happened”. It’s like walking by some ugly graffiti. Just move on.
Your country definitely has different societal pressures than others do. Wearing masks for health is commonly accepted where you live. There’s currently blowback about it where I live. I had to tell the person at the gas pump over from me to mind his own effing business when he started beaking off about “The Plandemic” this past weekend while I was filling my vehicle. I doubt people heckle each other for wearing masks in public in Korea.
You care because your survival for a long time has depended on people being on your side, and with stigma, you probably feel like most people aren’t.
You’re a very empathetic person, but that empathy also makes you hyper sensitive to others.
Stigma was never an issue for me. When my brothers make fun of my sz I tell them that their self-confidence is low bcz they have to attack a mentally ill person like me to feel better. This makes them stop it.