This video has been making the rounds on the internet recently:
Anderson Cooper is an American journalist and what he’s doing in that video is experiencing just a little of what it’s like to be schizophrenic.
I’m not schizophrenic, I don’t hear voices. But my own brain does talk to me a lot. Some of the snippets that you could hear in the video are the sorts of things my brain does say to me. And watching that video is a little uncomfortable.
The reason it’s been making the rounds online is because it opens a door into a world that a lot of people tend to overlook. Having a mental illness is not about attitude. We don’t suffer because we want to, because we’re lazy or because we just don’t “get over it.”
It sucks. It sucks all the time. Sometimes you can be having a very good day and be really happy, and on those days it sucks a little less. But you still have this cloud hovering over you. You know in the back of your mind that this good day won’t last. And it sucks.
I’m not sure what my aim for this post is. I just wanted to share that video a little further.