There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about mental health out there. These stories address some of the dangerous and troubling beliefs about different conditions, and explore what it's really like to experience mental health problems.
At a dinner at a good friends house the other night, I overheard one of the other guests in conversation with the host. ‘I know loads of people who take anti-depressants’, she said. ‘My dad takes them too and do you know what, I just don’t get it. It’s not like these people haven’t got anything to feel blessed about. It’s about gratitude. They need to stop wallowing and be grateful for what they have – some people have nothing. Having some gratitude would definitely make them feel better’.
I was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder almost 6 years ago now when I was 20. I've learnt to manage it to a degree now but it can be incredibly difficult to live with. The paranoia, intrusive thoughts and delusions can be a daily battle at times. It can be a very lonely and exhausting battle too.
I am an artist based in London and I have schizophrenia.
I have been very lucky in having many kind and supportive friends with whom I have been open with about my diagnosis, but it wasn’t always so. When I was first unwell I found it incredibly difficult to be open about the condition, particularly in a work environment.