Why I talk about mental health 

YennPurkis

Like a great many people in the world – including a lot of autistic people – I have a mental illness diagnosis. In my case I have an atypical sort of schizophrenia / psychotic disorder which I have been treated for since 1995. I take daily medication and on several occasions I have been very unwell. People who see me now tend to comment on how I am very self-aware and insightful and I am very clearly in charge of my mental health and wellbeing but this was not always the case. These days I can converse with the crisis team or my psychiatrist and articulate my needs to them. However, in the past I was institutionalised and the largely at the mercy of my illness. 

While most of my advocacy is focussed on autism, a lot of my experience is tempered by my constant negotiation with my errant…

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