I went to my Buddhist discussion meeting last night and shared a little bit more of my experience with schizoaffective disorder. I am very determined to start sharing more and more of my experiences over the past few years that I’ve been dealing with my illness. Afterward, one of the women at the meeting came up to me and thanked me for having the courage to talk about my illness. She said that she also suffers from mental illness and doesn’t always share this with other people. It isn’t easy. Mental illness is very scary for people, and it is difficult to describe what we experience in a way that our friends and family can understand. Still, I believe that it’s better to share my experience than to stay silent. Knowledge is power, and it’s better to be educated about mental illness rather than ignorant.
CareTalk posted my first guest post on their website yesterday. The title of my guest post is “Ignoring the Voices Helps Me Heal.” Their website also has links to other blogs written by people suffering from schizoaffective disorder. I’m so happy and very grateful to Priya for asking me to write for the CureTalk blog. I’m looking forward to writing my next blog post for CureTalk in July!