Valerie

I just saw your commercial about schizophrenia and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. My mother is a paranoid schizophrenic and she has been struggling to find a medication to stabilize her my entire life. Almost more heartbreaking than the actual illness is the way people react to it. My extended family used to encourage me not to disclose my mothers illness because of the way people react not only to my mother but to me as well, we have experienced so much ignorance from people. Just recently I had an older coworker ask me if I was scared my mother was going to kill me in the middle of the night. When you tell someone you have diabetes they are concerned but when you tell someone your schizophrenic they are scared I have been fighting against this negative stigma my whole life and the work that you are doing is greatly appreciated by me and my family. I have always said there needs to be more dialog about mental illness instead of the killers in the movies people need to see schizophrenics as mothers and daughters and uncles and brothers thank you for helping change this stigma.

One response to “Valerie”

  1. katie needham says:

    Hi Valerie,
    My name is Katie and I have Bipolar. I just want to encourage you and just say “hi.” My nephew has schizophrenia and is the sweetest man I know. In reading all these wonderful stories I wonder if those of us that have been living in the shadows, under a cloud so to speak will have the courage to start coming out into the light and walk upright again. I’m grateful for this website and people like you who have taken the time to write in.

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