A life enduring illness is suppose to attract sympathy, empathy, love, support, and warmth. However being diagnosed with schizophrenia not only rob you of your social status but your dignity and self worth. One is seen as a plague, a walking time explosive ready to explode any second, because of the negative press and beliefs about schizophrenia. The biggest stereotype is VIOLENCE. In reality this is not the case. Most people with diagnosis of psychosis including schizophrenia are gentle, meek, and humble. Research shows that they are more likely to be attacked and marginalised by others due to stigma attached to the condition.
I lost my good friends due to my diagnosis. Most people like me at first meeting but when they know about my diagnosis they drop me like is hot. (GO AWAY) However I have decided to forge ahead in life because I'm not the architect of my illness. If I was suffering from a lifelong and enduring physical health illness I will attract support and love. What a double standard? I will never ever give up the fight to ensure mental illness attract similar parity with physical health with the associated societal understanding and love for the ill.
However I won new friends due to my diagnosis too. All we need is love and acceptance. I vow never to give up until a diagnosis of Mental illness including Schizophrenia attract same sympathy and empathy like Cancer.