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diversion sign
An eleven page chapter from my upcoming book Psychiatric Tales, which will be out from Blank Slate in early 2010. Feel free to point out any errors or make any other comments.

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4 schizophenia

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The mirror has two sides...

First of all, I wish to thank you for holding up a mirror to this complicated issue. Your insight and compassion were a much needed balm to the raw nerve that is mental illness. I also appreciated hearing from both sides (patient vs. caregiver)
In so many of these disorders, perception is key. Speaking as someone with a complex array of mental health challenges, I recognize the tendency in myself to become overly bombastic and "in your face" at times as compensation for a "perceived" dissmissiveness on the part of society. That whole "shut up and take your meds" approach to treatment, while obviously "results driven", very often overlooks the price paid in diminished capability and quality of life.
It's a long sad road from the top of your game to the bottom of the deck. Woe be it to the individual who has the intelligence to realize this and to perceive its effect upon the ones you love and rely upon for solace and understanding. The guilt and the shame can be crippling.
That being said, I also realize what a frustrating, maddening (oh, the irony!)hateful, exhausting experience it must be for people to love and care for me. Every moment is a crap shoot. Seeming normalcy has warped edges. It would be so much easier, at times, to just declare the game forfeit and walk away.
I am eternally grateful to the ones who have hung in there with/for me. Thank you for continuing to circle back around whenever you are able. I would be truly lost without you.

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