Strangely, I have never felt stigma due to my psychotic disorder. I am schizoaffective, and most of my family and friends know it. I am not ashamed of it. Why should I be? It’s not my fault. It’s not something I did. I didn’t WANT it.
It just happened.
And I live with it every day. Of course, I have been embarrassed by some things I’ve done and said while psychotic. I think it’s perfectly natural to feel this way.
Honestly, I like myself better than before I had my “breakdown”. I was selfish, materialistic,and snappy with people. Now I learn to treat people better. I know what’s important in life. I’ve learned to look at life in a totally different way. In some ways, I am now almost a different person.
I see myself
In a whole new way
of my mind
shining inside me
I will be
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With all my heart I say, I’m proud of you!