June 25, 2012
I was a professional, a grad student and a PSYCHOTIC. I still am a psychotic- meaning suffering from psychosis, suffering from massive depressions in which I yearn to end my life, suffering from isolation. Suffering in pain. Forever I fought this illness, determined not to let it take my life and everything I have worked so hard for. I lost. I am disabled. After repeated hospitalizations during grad school I was dismissed. After crying at work and even hallucinating I was fired. How could I explain Skitzophrenia to the Dean without being judged. How would he let me continue on? How could I show documentation from a mental hospital to my job and not be fired? Does the word psychotic scare you? Exactly my point. When I was diagnosed with Skitzophrenia and then Bipolar Disorder the NAMI corporate office sent me a huge envelope of information and materials to learn about my condition. Nami promoted the NIMH where a team of Doctors doing research helped me immensley. NAMI has reccomended books and movies for me to read to help with coping and hope such as The Quiet Room and A brilliant mind. NAMI offers support groups and classes. Many members of NAMI fight for legislation changes advocating for us. For everyone out there who is mentally ill NAMI helps us fight back. One day with adequate health care perhaps mental illness will not be such a disabling sickness. One day discrimination and stigmatism may not exist. NAMI is working towards that day, everyday, all over the US.
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