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Living With Schizoaffective Disorder

"If just one person learns from your experiences, then you will be remembered as a silent giant."
-- Gwen DePaz

Self-portrait in hallway of Caltech student houses

Michael David Crawford
April 11, 2003

You may be surprised to hear that I suffer from a devastating and poorly understood mental illness. I'd like to tell you what it's like to live inside my head.

There's hope for people suffering from mental illness. Even if you don't suffer, I want to help you to better understand the many mentally ill people you are likely to encounter as you go through life, and explain why you don't need to shun them. I want to demonstrate that in fact, friendship with the mentally ill can be a rewarding experience.

Read on, and I will tell you how I recovered from schizoaffective disorder - but have not been cured. I will tell you how I learned to live with mental illness every day.


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You wouldn't know a good article if he wrote it on a brick then threw it in your face.

-- tokugawa on Kuro5hin

Please Help!

I know from the email I've received that this article has helped many people, but it could help far more if they only knew to read it.

If you feel as I do that more people need to read this article, you can help by linking to it from your website, weblog or from message boards.

Also, please email the link to anyone you think might enjoy or benefit from this article. Thanks!
-- Mike

I also published this in three parts at the community website Kuro5hin from April 11 through the 18th of 2003. The advantage of reading Kuro5hin's version is that you can read or, if you like, even participate in the followup discussion.

I posted drafts of this article to my website as I wrote it, and many people who read the drafts gave me valuable comments. I want to give my heartfelt thanks to the people who submitted comments - I couldn't have written this as well as I did without your help.

Copyright © 2003 Michael David Crawford . All Rights Reserved.

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