July 10, 2014

Time to Change Champion Stephen talks about his experiences with schizophrenia and what that diagnosis means for him.

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I am a 57 year old grandmother. My own grandmother suffered from schizophrenia and was hospitalised from 1952 to 1956. I am writing a novel based on her story. Although the treatment of schizophrenia has changed hugely in the past 70 years I am not convinced society's attitudes are all that different and I hope my work will challenge the reader's preconceptions, get people thinking and talking. In order to make my story as authentic as possible real experiences of sufferers is critical. I contacted the Digital team on this site to ask if there was a forum where I ask people for their input and they suggested I reach out to people via these blog pages. If you, or anyone reading this, feel able to discuss your experiences with me (a total stranger) I would be enormously grateful. We can communicate in anyway you feel comfortable. The blogging comment rules prevent me from passing on my email address in this post but I am sure the moderators will put us in touch with one another if we agree to speak. I can promise you compassion, absolute discretion and my endless gratitude. Best wishes Stephanie

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