Giving a Voice to the Silence offers positive angles to the issue that faces those with mental illness. Living with Schizo-Affective Disorder and being able to share my experiences with others, is the best way I know how to pay it forward. Life can be difficult, my goal is to bring a bit of hope to a place where many feel there is none.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Disability

What do you think of when you hear the word Disabled? Most people would think of someone who has lost a limb, or other medical condition that would prevent them from working. Why then does my doctor insist on me going on disability. Though I agree with her that working, at least for me, is a nightmare. I usually have only ever lasted maybe 3 or 4 months. The stress comes and, well, it’s not pretty. I refuse to accept it though. I want to prove to the world that a mental illness does not render someone disabled! Why can my dr. not see this? Part of me knows that she is right. I know there are problems when I get stressed, I become overwhelmed and it feels as if the world is going to fall apart around me. Anxiety creeps in and i’m not sure how i’m going to get out. Then it comes, the peace that i’ve looked for. I know it when it comes, I am no longer stressed. I have no one breathing down my neck, and I can go about life as it needs to go. I’m not sure why my brain does not work like anyone else’s, it just is what it is. Disabled? Not in my opinion - but what do I know.