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My paranoid (schizophrenic) life
You’re doing the best you can, and that’s what matters.
We are not an insult.
We have to keep having the uncomfortable conversations with people.
I’m terrible at taking care of myself.
But there I was, stuck in the throes of my own depression.
This project is important to me as someone with paranoid schizophrenia.
I had to take accountability for my actions.
I had many answers to many questions.
Give no one the power to strip you of what you love.
Why can't I, as someone with a disability, make everyone believe in me?
I believe that it is misunderstood that people need to know that there is someone in this world that understands how they feel in order to feel better about themselves.
I am lucky that I have made a few friends who have paranoid schizophrenia.
As long as you stay away from subjects that are likely to have people trolling as I do, and keep your feed limited to happy people, you will be pleasantly surprised.
Don't be afraid to burden your friends, family, and loved ones.
No one has the right to claim that theirs is harder or more important because of mental illness or anything else.
Remind me never to have children in this world that we live in.
Don't want to be defined by your illness? Then don't be.
Why would we trust anyone enough, let alone respect them enough, to pay them the courtesy of eye contact when they are speaking to us?
There is a balance to be found, I think, in living for today, and getting way too comfortable.
I think those of us who have struggled most - if not all - of our lives, appreciate the wolrd around us and see its beauty on a daily.
The psychological and emotional abuse that this man left me with, whether or not he meant to do it (he was mentally ill, after all), is valid and real.
Even if the world never opens their mind enough to understand, even if all our advocacies come to a screeching halt the second our credibility is measured by the number of hospital visits under our belt, we'll always have each other
I mean, it’s more than that, right? I’m more than that?
I would like to go to sleep, but I had to work today. So I have coffee.
If you are negative today and tomorrow is the same as yesterday, you are negative every day, and you will never break the cycle.
Stigma regarding the mentally ill is a real problem.
She does not really wake up like anyone else who is not a morning person
When taking the medication, I never know if it's going to be like hey, no hallucinations, let's go to work now or hey, no hallucinations, go to sleep right now or die.
You don't get past schizophrenia.
All I can tell myself is "yeah, it is going to be okay."
Allie Burke is an author, editor, and mental health advocate. She resides in Los Angeles.