The New Fight

Well, my story of my life has changed from this day on. I am not going to suffer through my life, complaining why me, because I have mental illness. People need to learn to deal with it. And people with mental illness need to realize that its not their fault. Sounds cheesy like a Good Will Hunting reference, but this is true. I am sick and tired of having to always say to my mind, that today will be ok. You know what? F that, my mind is my mind is my mind. Those who suffer from mental illness, like Bi-polar, SchitzoEffective, OCD, or thought broadcasting syndrome. Yes that is a real thing. No one can no longer sit tied down by their illness. We should be proud of who we are. Each thought, each voice, all this confusion, is not our fault. We, the mentally ill, need to realize that this life is our only life, and their is no longer reason to be ashamed. Speak up. Me, I’m PschitzoEffective, I can say it, may not spell it right, but that’s what I am. So you know what, people who don’t have any problems mentally, may not understand that.
And I ‘ll tell you another thing, I am a waiter, you know how difficult it is to maintain normalcy, in a world that doesn’t understand? That’s why us people with mental illness, we need to learn to stand tall. Man the storm, ya know what I mean?

So from this day forward I will no longer be ashamed to be Skitzo Effective, I will no longer be ashamed and guard my thoughts. I am as sane as anyone else. And you know what people with mental illness helped build this society we live in, and what do we do now? Stigma, Self-loathing, patronization, we treat our mentally ill like second hand citizens. Mental Illness effects us all, tell me you don’t know someone who suffers. And if you don’t your a lier. It is time for a mental health alliance. Mental Health effects all, whatever color, sexual orientation, brown eyes, blue hair, doesn’t matter, us the people with mental illness, we need to form a foundation, stop the stigma, feel better for once, we need to band together. Be proud of what god gave us.

Stop Stigma Now!

just another jagged thought by jason

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2 Comments

  1. hey jay,

    keep on writing, fighting, and telling your story. i have very close friends, loved ones, working through mental illness and succeeding. most of all, working through the stigma and educating others. empowering themselves in the process.

    some good reading if you have the time (and sanity, jk ;-)….

    the spirit catches you and you fall down
    the curious incident of the dog in the night-time
    the man who mistook his wife for a hat
    an anthropologist on mars
    twitch and shout
    an unquiet mind
    the professor and the madman
    one flew over the cuckoo’s nest
    the outsider (by richard WRIGHT heheh)

    (and the list goes on….but those are my top rec’s)

    anyway, rock on brotha, be well with yo’self!

    derek

    1. hey Derek, thanks for reading. Its funny you should mention an Unquiet Mind, because I have met Kay Jamison before, haha. I have heard of the book The Man Who Mistook His Woman For A Hat, maybe I will check that out. I read a great book written by a OCD specialist called Imp of the Mind, that is a really good book as well.

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