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My experience of living with schizophrenia during lockdown

Antonio, May 22, 2020

The pandemic we find ourselves in today has been, an event that began off as extremely difficult to deal with. I remember as a kid being grounded; never did I imagine a whole country being grounded. I remember when my parents would ask me, “why don’t you spend more time at home?”, now they ask me, “why don’t you go out for a walk?”.

When I think about it, the shift in attitudes is quite interesting and at times quite amusing.

There needs to be more acceptance of schizophrenia

John, March 26, 2020

My diagnosis is schizophrenia. I’ve had four catastrophic breakdowns in my lifetime; three of these were so severe that I was sectioned under the mental health act. However, for some 12 years during the intervening period of my 3rd and 4th breakdown, I was largely mentally healthy, engaging in relationships and work.

See the Bigger Picture - Antonio's Story

Antonio, February 24, 2020

There’s a limitation on who you can tell that you have schizophrenia - especially being from the BAME community. Not everyone understands schizophrenia or thinks it’s a real thing. Some people might think it means having a split personality, but it’s not like that.

Eight things I’d like you to know about my schizophrenia

Jane, July 1, 2019

1. I can’t just snap out of it or ignore it. 

This can be frustrating to hear. Sometimes I describe my (occasional) reality as having the TV and the radio on loud at the same time, while trying to have an intense conversation. You should try it sometime; but keep in mind that once you’re done, you can remove the distractions with the flick of a switch. For me, it isn’t that easy. 

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