The schizophrenic mind is not so much split as shattered. I like to say schizophrenia is like a waking nightmare.
Some people say I'm unique, that there aren't other people with schizophrenia like me. Well, there are people like me out there, but the stigma is so great that they don't come forward.
Please hear this: There are not 'schizophrenics.' There are people with schizophrenia.
One of the reasons the doctors gave for hospitalizing me against my will was that I was 'gravely disabled.' To support this view, they wrote in my chart that I was unable to do my Yale Law School homework. I wondered what that meant about much of the rest of New Haven.
Occupying my mind with complex problems has been my best and most powerful and most reliable defense against my mental illness.