When I was first diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, I was having visual and auditory hallucinations regularly that led me to believe that I was living in a movie being made about my life. It was as real to me in my mind as breathing in and out.
Fortunately, after a year of support from my husband and family and the care of a young, progressive, female psychiatrist, we found the right cocktail of medicine and I haven’t had a serious “odd thought” in more than 25 years.
In fact, because of my lifelong love of movies, I have taken screenwriting courses and received coaching and am now finishing two screenplays (a rom com that I am actively pitching to LA producers, and a true life drama that I have outlined and written character profiles for.) These producers are taking my work seriously and tell me that zi have an excellent chance of having these movies produced! Whereas, for years, I couldn’t think clearly enough to create and write, now I am able to focus and be a productive screenwriter and author.
My dream is that my screenplay for the true life drama might help reduce the stigma surrounding schizophrenia and mental illness and give hope and healing to those who are struggling with living with their diagnosis.
I have also written 30,000 words toward a 60,000-word memoir that is a companion to the drama script.
It feels so good to believe in myself and be productive and stable. I wish that for you as well.