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'People with schizophrenia aren't all dangerous'

'People with schizophrenia aren't all dangerous'
From BBC - December 5, 2017

Alice is a 26-year-old mum to two daughters. She's married, she has schizophrenia and she is fed up of being portrayed as "dangerous" because of her condition.

"One of the biggest stereotypes about people like me is that we are dangerous or violent - mostly we are just vulnerable."

People are often surprised when they hear about Alice's life. That's something that annoys her.

"Why ca not someone with schizophrenia be living in a house, driving, studying, have children, having a family life?"

When she first started to hear the voices, Alice thought she'd gained a superpower.

She was taking her GCSEs at the time.

"I thought I was telepathic and I had a new superpower or something.

"It's a serious long-term condition and it's a type of psychosis. It means it's hard sometimes to tell what's real and what's not.

"I am often very frightened, I am in a state of fear. I feel as if the majority of people are trying to hurt me or do bad to me.

"I can also be manic and make impulsive decisions."

These states of psychosis have put Alice in some difficult positions.

"It's like you are dreaming, but you are awake," she says.

"In dreams anything can be believed, it does not have any sense to it. You can go from one idea, have that play out and go on to another idea.

"One of them was when I first met my husband on his 21st birthday.

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