Until a year and a half ago I had a more or less stable job, also a more or less stable life, and I had almost always been a person who fought, an enterprising person until the darkness took posses me.
My name is Francesc and the purpose of this article is to make people conscious about how difficult is to live with paranoid schizophrenia, and the different way outs one can find.
In the midst of a long, intense summer, my first outbreak and diagnosis took place. Schizoaffective disorder. Following a hard time with my job and family, just when I felt more peaceful, while I was holidaying with relatives and friends in a campsite by a beautiful beach cove.
My name is Inma. I’m 47 years old. When I was 19 years of age more or less, I began to have the first symptoms of mental health problems. I comment my age and when I began to have what my family calls my disease so that everyone can understand the great fears that have lately harassed me.
I think that talking about the negative symptoms of schizophrenia means talking about the time since you are diagnosed it and you start the treatment until your death.
My name is Carles and I am 36 years old. 6 months ago I was diagnosed with depression, even though I have felt a profound sadness for a long time. The problem, though, is that I do not know for how long.
The Asperger Syndrome one has it for the entire life. At least, I have been told that by the professionals who treat me, and I believe it. Moreover, it probably has been different from the moment I discovered the world and the world discovered me.
I am a person with Autism. The type of Autism that I suffer (Asperger syndrome) lets me verbally express, but the words with which I interact are not the same than the ones that others use.
What is recovery? According to María Moliner’s Dictionary (2007), one of the meanings is: “To recover something that was lost”. In our case, that is, in the case of people with mental disorders, that “something” is as different in each one of us, as our pain is.
My trauma originated during the early 80s, when times were changing in Spain. I was then 9 or 10, and my memories are a bit blurred.