MY LIFE AS A SCHIZOPHRENIST
Rs 325 Pb 2015
(All rights available)
Right now life sucks. I hate it. It seems so much easier to give up…
Just an hour ago I came out from the loo and stood still.
I could not speak or yell or make any sound or move to call for
help… I stood leaning towards my left against the wall as
my entire right went numb and limp. And I just stared into space…
First the mind screws up… Then there is this
body which has a life of its own…
fell … while standing. My body still held on to the wall
yet it was fallen. And there was nothing the mind could do.
Reshma was diagnosed with
schizophrenia when she was 22. As she says, she didn’t
‘even know what the darn word meant’. In this
extraordinary, first-of-its-kind account she
writes about her experience of living with therapies and
medication, struggling to make sense of her situation,
surviving suicide attempts, finding support groups—and
finally coming into her own.
Her will to overcome the
tremendous odds she faced enabled her to gain unexpected
insights into her condition, and her story, told in utterly
unsparing prose, is courageous, powerful, eloquent and poignant.