The following blog posts are written by people with personal experience of schizophrenia. By talking openly, our bloggers hope to increase understanding around mental health, break stereotypes and take the taboo out of something that – like physical health – affects us all.

Schizophrenia: My parents are the only ones that know

February 28, 2013

I had my first episode of schizophrenia at 22 years old when my grandmother died. At first I did not know what my illness was. It was a very good doctor who sat me down and told me to act like a diabetic and take injections for the rest of my life. I was heartbroken. I still have to accept that I have this illness as I find it is a horrible word and I am still facing stigma, side effects and confidence issues.