I feel quite heavily the weight of my decision to share these thoughts, knowing that this will garner the wrong kind of attention. Probably.
But, can we be candid for a moment… about schizophrenia and employment?
When did we become a society that values employment over diminished health?
In taking care of my own diminished health, I have tremendous issues. 20 years after that first diagnosis.
In terms of how I’ve progressed, I still have all of the same issues I’ve always had. Except now I have some awareness.
There is nothing new under the sun, except that the crux of what I say here will be taken out of context and mostly misunderstood.
I am not capable of any kind of employment. Current attitude notwithstanding.
I may be poised in how I speak (I always have been), but I am not well (I am NOT suicidal). Nor will I ever be well (that seems to be the trajectory). Certainly not well enough to do the things I need to do to be employed.
Question: When will other people with schizophrenia and related disorders, stand up and say this?
Answer: They can’t. They won’t. And, why is that? Because the vast majority of persons with schizophrenia type disorders are not contributing members of society.
Question: Why don’t mental health advocates talk more about schizophrenia and related disorders?
Answer: It’s not in the agenda.
Ever wonder why?