Stormy So, there’s a hella thunderstorm out right now and here I am in my room. Counting. If I just keep…
December 14, 2021
I’m alone, locked in this bathroom stall while the beautiful aliens wander the halls of this school looking for me.
I can’t stand them. Can’t stand crowds. Don’t trust the teachers. They suspect me.
But if I stay in here with my feet up on the seat, I’m safe. For now.
When the bell rings, I’ll wait until everyone’s in class and sneak out through a back door. Run like hell across the field and get home before anyone realizes I’m missing.
Everyone’s against me. That’s what’s so damn lonely. Even Naresh, my former best friend. Now he can’t look me in the eye. They poisoned him, too.
Mom and Dad will still be at work so I can shut myself in my closet and wait for the informant to contact me. When he does, I’ll get the signal to withdraw all my money from the ATM, get to the bus station, and head for the capital. That’s where we’re meeting, me and the others chosen by the informant. So we can save the world from what’s coming. Or die trying.
What is schizophrenia?
A complex mental illness that affects how a person behaves, thinks, feels, and responds to others. Its active phase is characterized by disturbing hallucinations and delusions—that is, a person has difficulty distinguishing between fantasy and reality. Some people with schizophrenia feel extreme distress, are depressed, become isolated and withdrawn, cannot manage everyday activities, and have disorganized thoughts, speech, and behaviours.
Schizophrenia by the Numbers:
What might put me at risk for developing schizophrenia?
Anyone may develop schizophrenia, but some indicators are:
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Schizophrenia is often hard to diagnose because its symptoms are similar to other mental illnesses. But the earlier this issue is diagnosed, the more likelihood of a positive outcome from treatment.
Seek help from a doctor if you
Try this at home
Recovery from schizophrenia is highly dependent on a treatment plan which can include medications. Things to try alongside medications and professional medical help are:
Strive to achieve balance between body, spirit, mind, and emotions. If you are inclined, speak to someone in your community centre, mosque, or family about traditional practices that can help you feel connected to those around you. These could include:
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