Hi, there. Thanks for visiting. I'm starting this blog as an advocate for mental and physical health. I'm a freelance writer and also own a home based medical transcription business. I was diagnosed in 1978 with paranoid schizophrenia and started to become acutely ill three years prior to that, unmedicated, frightened, confused, and in trouble with the law. I graduated from university with distinction the year I became ill. I've never regretted learning how to think at university. I struggled with my illness for 35 years and have reached the top of the mountain now, I think, or the other side, where the grass is greener and the path easier. There's hope for all of us, the whole human race, and never think there isn't hope or joy no matter your circumstances. I'd love to hear your thoughts and experiences with mental illness in all its forms: depression, brain injury, autism, schizophrenia, bipolar, anxiety disorders, etc. and your positive experiences as well as those lies and half truths society and even therapists would have us believe about ourselves.

We are different folks, and we are beautiful. The whole human race is beautiful. Let's celebrate life.

Saturday, September 25, 2010


There seems to be some confusion about schizophrenia meaning multiple personalities. It doesn't mean that at all. And "paranoia" isn't necessarily paranoid schizophrenia. Many people are paranoid but not schizophrenic. Schizophrenia is characterized by delusions and hallucinations. If one does not have those, and disorganized thinking when ill, then one does not have the diagnosis. But it can be treated with medication and successfully; however, compliance is a problem.

Also, I know of others who have done far better than I in many ways.

1 comment:

  1. I think Sybil also was schizophrenic, besides having multiple personalities.

    This might have been just a few of her personalities. At least one of her personalities was fairly normal.

    To me it is interesting having lived outside of Detroit for several years, and coming back here. Detroit was one of the cities Sybil lived in as her dad lived here. Sybil had been making some progress, and then moved in with her dad in Detroit, and relapsed. That is when Dr. Wilbur told her to leave Detroit and seek out those creative people more like herself, who would be easier to find in cities like Chicago and New York City. She chose NYC of course, as did Dr. Wilbur.

    I also thought it interesting that Sybil meets Dr. Wilbur in the Midwest, then again hooks up with her in NYC. And then they meet again to live the rest of their lives, with Sybil healed in Lexington, Kentucky.