There have been a lot of posts suggesting that, “Because I have schizophrenia, this is the case”, or, “Because I have schizophrenia, that is the case”. It has been a theme that the experience of being mentally ill can be different– more attenuated, at least, in some ways, than that of being sane (as best as I can recall).
That being said, it occurs to me that a more dominant theme is, perhaps surprisingly, the unity of human experience.
I talk about hallucinations, and the increasingly hallucinatory nature of reality, in general, for all people. I mention the reality warp involving having a President who is a reality television star. I mention how hard it is to know what the truth is, no matter who one is, and how easy it is to be conned by images or other media– how CG can seem to resurrect the dead, how rubbing elbows with healthy people in a work setting can benefit the sick– and many similar topics.
My experience with having schizophrenia is that, it is definitely an altered condition. It is not normal. Yet, the nature of modern life is often not normative, in a sense we would have meant, say, 20 years ago. These are increasingly trying times, when people’s mental health is tested often– more than they know.
I am asking for us to work on removing the stigma of schizophrenia, because, as every day passes– you are me, and I am you.