fallen, standing - my life as a schizophrenist - By Reshma Valliapan
Reshma Valliapan was diagnosed with schizophrenia when she was 22. As she says, she didn't 'even know what the darn word meant'. This is an extraordinarily raw account of her life as a teen rebel starting in Malaysia and ending up in India, how she dealt with various interventions and efforts to make her conform. And how eventually she coped with her condition and came into her own.
A stark and gut wrenching reminder on why we must let each person live their own life.
Reshma is an Ashoka Fellow, an INK Fellow and an artist-activist for the rights of persons with mental illness. She is founder director of The Mind Arcs and The Red Door
Read the PatientsEngage interview with her here