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Abstract I believe to understand Schizophrenia fully you have to experience itThe National Alliance on Mental Illness In Our Own Voicespresentation gave me the opportunity to experience Schizophrenia AsJames story unfolds I began to realize the life of a Schizophrenic ismore than just unsuitable behaviors James story is very interestingbecause he did not get diagnosed with Schizophrenia right after onesymptom occurred He lived through it being able to distinguish his ownthoughts and behaviors from the disorder with no medication Theduration of his disorder with no medication consisted of numeroushospital visits many psychotic breaks and out of touch with realityexperiences James Speech Many years later James got diagnosed withSchizophrenia and made the choice to take medication The medicationJames currently takes is a big contributor to his normal lifestyle AsJames story came to an end I became very impressed by the recovery hehas made He is proof that Schizophrenia can be a livable mentaldisorder The Truth Behind Living With Schizophrenia Every person has a different image come to mind when the termSchizophrenia is used My image is a living nightmare where undiscoveredvoices dominate the body and strange distrustful thoughts overpower yourown I learned the image I had for Schizophrenia was distorted onlybecause I never witnessed anyone with it This presentation given byJames who is Schizophrenic allowed me to create a new image of whatSchizophrenia is Schizophrenia is not a living nightmare and James didnot always let the undiscovered voices dominate his body After thetreatment he received he could distinguish the voices and his ownthoughts James story started in high school he said I am different in aartistic funny stand out way James Speech He was suspiciousabout the differences he had compared to other adolescents James neverexpected Schizophrenia to be the explanation for his differences Afterhigh school James had more symptoms that pointed towards SchizophreniaFirst was his suicide attempt this transpired into a hospital visitwhere James was sent home with no medication or treatment With hisfirst suicide
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