Being diagnosed with a mental illness, especially schizophrenia, can feel embarrassing. On the day I was diagnosed, I felt like the doctor was accusing me of making poor life choices. I had an oversimplified view of schizophrenia, thinking it was an experience, and not a disease. I believed the doctors were wrong.
My experience of schizophrenia was very different than what I imagined schizophrenia would be like. I did not know that people suffering with schizophrenia have a tendency to become socially withdrawn. I was no exception.
As my symptoms worsened, I sat in parks and libraries alone for hours on end thinking about my delusions.
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