I have plenty of acquaintances, and a couple hundred ‘friends’ on Facebook. But real friends, mostly family, I can count on one hand. For me, making friends is like climbing a vertical rock wall with no ropes, requiring a degree of thrill-seeking, and a good deal of risk.
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This short New York Times essay describes the burden of living with Schizophrenia. Though just over 1,000 words, I think it explains the challenges of severe, persistent mental illness better than whole books written on the topic. Continue reading