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(Crystal: A Comic on the Mind) chp.1 Page 5 by MeltingCORE-NEO (Crystal: A Comic on the Mind) chp.1 Page 5 by MeltingCORE-NEO
I am Emily and I have Schizophrenia. Crystal is a story that explains what being Schizophrenic is really like. I started writing this story in 2008 but became ashamed. I’ve started writing it again because of my friend’s song Calalini and encouragement from my boyfriend. I want other Schizophrenics to know that they’re not alone. I want people who don’t have Schizophrenia to understand that it’s there even though they can’t see it. I also want them to know that it’s very possible to have Schizophrenia and live a fairly normal life. I’m here to raise awareness for Schizophrenia.

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DeathNoteBB Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is really powerful! The letters fading out looks really nice! This is truly full of emotion <3
I don't get why people so often confuse Shizophrenia with DID, since they are pretty much two completely different things?
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MeltingCORE-NEO Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Student General Artist
>>I believe the confusion may come from the fact that the "schizo" root does stand for "split" - but it refers to being "split from reality". And people may also think that "hearing voices" means other personalities? (Which is really quite annoying because I don't have multiple personalities.)
>>Thank you so much! c:
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DeathNoteBB Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, that really might be it. I suppose many people don't see the difference between hearing voices and having multiple personalities? I know I used to mix them up. Might be due to media misrepresenting the two, I don't know :shrug:
No problem! :hug:
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KyeWriting Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I loathe the confusion and stigma around psychosis AND DID, which is what multiple personality is properly called. I've done my share to clear this difference up, but for one people I convert, there are two who swim in ignorance.

This is a good way of portraying the topic. Good work.
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MeltingCORE-NEO Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Student General Artist
>>I actually didn't know DID was the proper term. I admit I don't know much about multiple personality disorder (DID) since Schizophrenia is what I have. (And people commonly mistake Schizophrenia for DID - for some reason.) Thank you for telling me though, I'm going to change "Split Personality Disorder" to "DID" in the description.
>>Well, it's good that you're able to help educate some people.
>>Thank you!
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KyeWriting Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
My pleasure. May I ask, how long have you had schizophrenia? What kind do you have (paranoid, catatonic...)?
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MeltingCORE-NEO Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Student General Artist
That's fine. c: I have Paranoid Schizophrenia. I first started showing symptoms around 2004, but I was diagnosed with it in 2008. (The main reason being, from what my close ones have told me, is that they were honestly scared - some of them knew there was something wrong - and they didn't want to think that there was anything wrong with me. They only took me in when I had a massive freakout in 2008 because the people in my head were trying to kill me.) Since I've been educated on what it is, I have a better time telling what's a hallucination and/or delusion. I can't say I can always tell (because I can't - I still freakout sometimes), but I do have a better time with it now.
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KyeWriting Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Well, I'm glad you do realize that you have schizophrenia. It's so common that psychotics refuse to understand that they are ill.

I wish you the best :hug:
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MeltingCORE-NEO Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Student General Artist
>>That is very true. (Something that breaks my heart actually - because I have a friend irl who has what I have and she doesn't know she's sick...)
>>I was like that at first - refusing to believe anything was wrong with me - but I'm very lucky that something clicked inside my head.
>>Thank you so much. :)
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KyeWriting Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I've had a psychosis myself so I know how hard it can be. Take care, dear.
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