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.
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?
>>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:
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 No problem!
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.
>>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!
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.
>>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.