Yes, I am a schizophrenic, but I think you could call my particular case mild. I still hear voices everyday, and a lot of times they tell me to die or they just scream the word “cancer” at me, but at times the voices are an aide and they become useful.
Don’t get me wrong, there are limitations imposed upon any schizophrenic’s thinking. To me what that means is that as a schizophrenic I just have to work harder than the average person for success. One of the advantages the schizophrenia has taught me is the strength to focus. If the voices go off in different directions, I just have to work harder to maintain my focus so I can get done what I need to get done.
But my case of schizophrenia is mild. It really doesn’t effect my own thinking, and my own emotions, and my own actions. At least it doesn’t anymore. I’ve made many big mistakes as I was learning to cope with my schizophrenia. They’ve told me to lie, cheat, and steal and I’ve had to come to terms with my own values and learn to say NO!
So one big advantage of schizophrenia is that you learn what you value and what you will and will not do. You learn, or re-learn from experience the difference between right and wrong. And sometimes the schizophrenia acts as the voice of the conscious. Letting you know about all the wrongs you’ve done in your life and the advantage of that is to learn from them, and begin again to do the right thing.
Another advantage of schizophrenia is that it sometimes aides in visualization. I’ve heard stories of very successful people practicing positive self talk before a big presentation and hearing the voices of the crowd say YES! It’s much like that in that when I’m visualizing, with enough focus and effort I can hear the sounds of success from the voices. They tell me I’m famous, that my work is good, that I’ll make lots of money, that I have a good family, and that I overall am the greatest human being on planet earth. And I can feel those words in my body. I can feel more powerful because I have the reinforcement of voices that seem to be coming from a place other than my own mind. And that is valuable in the respect that it gives me hope for a better future.
Another advantage of having a mild case of schizophrenia is it increases creativity. It gives you things to write about. I’ve written an entire book on a year of my life that without the schizophrenia it wouldn’t be much of a story at all. This blog is also host to many posts on schizophrenia, so really the problem I have has given me a lot to write about. I was just reading some other schizophrenic’s poetry online when I was searching for the title “schizophrenic writes about love”. His poetry was dark though. I just can’t do that. I have to stay positive and optimistic about the present and the future. And I have to share my stuff with the world… for better or worse. Although when asking myself the question “How do I add value for a massive number of people” I think that the majority of my work is going to be positive. And really not only do I want it to be positive, but I want it to be the best in the world. The best on the internet. I want to be the greatest schizophrenic alive. And I think I can do that through creative writing. And I think you can do that too!
And finally, yet another advantage of schizophrenia is that, for me at least, it’s taught me how to thank God for everyday. There’s very few days that go bye that I don’t thank God for another day. Any of us could die at any time from any reason and my schizophrenia is a constant daily reminder of that. I thank God for another day, each day and I am daily being taught how to live my life to the fullest. That is probably the greatest advantage of the schizophrenia that I have noticed.
I hope that you have gained some valuable insights from this post. Feel free to write me at any time if you feel the need and let me know what you think of this whole thing. You can reach me at email@example.com. Thank you, I love you, and God Bless!