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Old 03-20-2013, 11:07 PM   #1
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what are some fallacies and stigma have you encountered with your illness?

i'm curious to see what false beliefs and judgments you've come across living with schizophrenia or knowing someone who lives with schizophrenia. here are some i've seen:

1. schizophrenia is your fault. you could snap out of it if you were stronger.
2. it is caused by an overactive imagination
3. meds are poison and you should never take them
4. schizophrenia is caused by bad parenting, such as an inconsistent mother
5. it is the same thing as multiple personality disorder/dissociative identity disorder
6. all people with schizophrenia are violent

what else?

 
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Old 03-23-2013, 08:14 PM   #2
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Re: what are some fallacies and stigma have you encountered with your illness?

" You are just being lazy and anti-social. Your negative symptoms can be overcome by positive thinking ".
Thanx mom. I have stayed in my room for 3 months now, because I am in a psychosis and have allot of violent thoughts and dreams. I don't just want to say " I have secluded myself so that I don't kill you or anyone else and it takes allot out of me to just maintain my hygiene every day ", so what can I do.

But I have realized that I am going to stop trying to explain my situation to people who will never understand or experience it themselves. We just have to learn to live with the stigma and judgements we are surely to face.
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Old 03-24-2013, 06:09 PM   #3
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Re: what are some fallacies and stigma have you encountered with your illness?

yea, i've heard that one too. i try to help my loved ones understand why i am the way i am but some will never understand.

 
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Old 03-28-2013, 06:19 AM   #4
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I've been told I can just "get over it" and had people believe I wasn't safe to be around, which is very depressing.
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