Accepting Your Illness

One of the difficult aspects of schizophrenia can be anognosia, which means that those living with the illness do not believe they are sick. When I was first hospitalized, I didn’t believe I was ill. It was the people around me who brought me to the hospital that first noticed. This is why, sometimes, involuntary hospitalization is necessary for those with schizophrenia. Once we see the effects of anti-psychotic medication on our symptoms, most of us will eventually accept that we have an illness and that medication is necessary. For those who still have difficulty with this even after medicating, our support systems need to be strong enough to encourage medication and treatment.

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