“I never promised you a rose garden. I never promised you perfect justice and I never promised you peace or happiness.... The only reality I offer is challenge, and being well is being free to accept it or not at whatever level you are capable. I never promise lies, and the rose-garden world of perfection is a lie...and a bore too!”
Me, Myself, and Them: A Firsthand Account of One Young Person's Experience with Schizophrenia (Adolescent Mental Health Initiative) by Kurt Snyder, http://www.amazon.com/dp/0195311221/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_nMNjqb0QMNKYC
Sage works through the night, preparing the day’s breads and pastries, trying to escape a reality of loneliness, bad memories, and the shadow of her mother’s death. Josef Weber, an elderly man in Sage’s grief support group, begins stopping by the bakery. Everything changes on the day that Josef confesses a long-buried and shameful secret and asks Sage for an extraordinary favor.
Eleanor Longden began hearing voices in her head when she was a young college student. Her experiences are both horrifying and hopeful. In this talk, Eleanor starts by detailing the long, dark struggle she endured after a schizophrenia diagnosis. Then, at 5:39, her doctor makes a shocking assessment of her illness and her likelihood of being cured. At 7:26, she explains how the voices in her head actually provided the insight she needed to solve her problems. And at 10:08, she…