I am schizophrenic. Or rather, I have schizophrenia.
I’ve been told many times by mental health professionals and peers in my situation over my years of recovery that I should not identify myself as the illness. I see their point.
I am still a human being; I still contribute to society and I still have thoughts, feelings and emotions just like any other person. Although sometimes those thoughts, feelings and emotions are a bit more intense than what the average joe would experience.
Being that I am still a human being, I deserve to be treated like one.
Mike Hedrick is an author, photographer and graphic/web designer in Boulder, CO. His written work includes the novel ‘Connections’ and the short story collection ‘Delusionalism: The Collected Ramblings of a Schizophrenic’ as well as work in various magazines and journals.