Posted today on Overcoming Schizophrenia:
I ended one of my groups the other day by going around the room and letting people share what they are thankful for. (I lead closed groups, not open to the public, at various facilities.)
I am thankful that I am able to function well, organize, research, and to lead groups. As you probably already know, if you follow this blog regularly, I have come a long way to get to where I am now. In the past, schizophrenia tried to hinder me, take away my speech, make it hard for me to recognize family, and almost kill me by my excessive paranoia and determination not to eat or drink. But now, I have hold on my brain disorder; I take my medication regularly, I continue to learn more about different mental illnesses, and I have support of family, friends, and health professionals.
What are you thankful for?
If you have a mental health concern such as schizophrenia, you are not alone, I can understand you. If you are a caregiver, family member, or friend of someone living with a mental illness believe that recovery is possible and that your special someone can get better. I am living proof that people living with a mental illness do come back and live productive, independent lives!
For those of you learning what schizophrenia is for the first time, it is a thought disorder that is difficult to treat but is treatable. There is no cure for it, yet, however with a combination of medication and support people living with schizophrenia can lead fulfilling lives. I am one of them.
If you want to learn more about schizophrenia visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) or the Schizophrenia Society of Nova Scotia (Canada).
Thanks for writing this post, Ashley!