Category Archives: Neil the Person

These are entries about the blog that don’t usually deal with mental illness, schizophrenia or the issues surrounding it. Rather it is a place to get to know Neil, to understand that Neil is something more than just an illness.

On My Own

So I have moved from what was a small city to the capital of the province and into a much larger university to start my Ph.D. To say that this is scary… well words fail, as they often do when … Continue reading

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Things I like

Sometimes we have people in our lives who give us a random act of kindness. It is one of the best things one can ever receive. In return, I promised to work on my “homework.” My life can be strange. … Continue reading

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Personal Responsibility

I think probably one of the hardest things for me to grapple with on this journey of mine is my notion of personal responsibility versus the fact that I have an illness which affects my behaviour. Now, I want to … Continue reading

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Empathy

I’ve been away from blogging a few days while I worked on my draft for my M.Sc. project. That got submitted, so I am a bit happy with that. I thought though I’d take the time today to discuss one … Continue reading

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My Cognitive Dissidence on being “Normal”

“Normal” is an elusive term. We all use it. More than a few seek it, hoping that if one is “normal” then one might be accepted or one’s life might be easier. In that I am no different than them. … Continue reading

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Conference

A part of doing what I do is attending academic conferences. The point is (like any professional gathering) to network, get new ideas, etc. It’s also a goal (I don’t know if it is unique to academia) for attendees to … Continue reading

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School

I’m a strange individual in that I actually like school. Now I’ll be frank, even I don’t particularly like exams or thirty question assignments with a due date that is impossible. But I love to learn. I love when I … Continue reading

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Been an interesting few days

I haven’t felt like writing. I haven’t felt like much. I have been battling a bit of depression. I made it through the term though. OK I have one more class on Monday, but then I get a bit of … Continue reading

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More that just a schizophrenic

I use the phrase “happens to be a schizophrenic” a lot. That’s because that’s how I see me. A person who has to deal with something else that 99% of the Canadian population doesn’t. I refuse to let my illness … Continue reading

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