How I Started Talking About Schizophrenia

By Dan Simmons
Updated 2024-03-24 14:09:00 | Published 2022-12-05 04:43:54
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Schizophrenia is a sensitive and serious topic that I, as an introvert, tend to deal with privately. I often replay events in my mind and mutter to myself as a way of processing my experience with this brain disease. My friends were understanding and respectful of my privacy even before I fully accepted my condition. One close friend, in particular, told me that she didn't feel it was her place to discuss it with me without my permission. This respect for my privacy seemed to be shared by many. Instead, my friends would offer me practical support, such as providing meals, going for walks, or suggesting I see a doctor or therapist.

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It took me years to reach a point where I felt comfortable discussing my schizophrenia with my friends. I found that there were two types of conversations I could have about it. One centered around the treatment of my brain disease, focusing on how to get well and what kind of help I needed. The other involved my thoughts, including imagination, hallucinations, and intuition. Most of my friends were more interested in the first type of conversation, which was understandable. They wanted to know how they could support me and make sure I was taking care of myself.

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However, before I could address my health care, my mind was consumed by my thoughts, which felt both magical and secretive. I longed for someone to talk to about what I was going through, someone who wouldn't judge me or try to solve my problems. It was difficult to describe my thoughts and feelings honestly and accurately, fearing reactions of shock or disbelief.

Having open-minded friends and loved ones is crucial for someone going through schizophrenia. I was fortunate that my friends didn't push me away when I gradually opened up about my experiences. Week after week, month after month, they patiently listened, allowing me to share more, regardless of how unconventional my thoughts were. I never felt judged or at odds with my friends when I spoke openly about my struggles. Opening up about schizophrenia is challenging for both the speaker and the listener, but it is an important first step towards progress.

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