I’ve just finished reading The Centre Cannot Hold by Elyn R. Saks, which is about her life with schizophrenia. It contained some interesting and brutally honest ideas and opinions about living with a mental illness, and the couple of quotes below really stood out for me and made me think about myself and others, and life and society in general.
“…I had a Republican superego when it came to mentally ill friends. I’d pushed myself for years; that pushing had helped me survive. So I wasn’t yet ready to allow for someone else what I could not allow for myself.”
“I think you’ve given in. You’re way too comfortable in the role of a mentally ill person.”