When I was first diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia I was clueless as to what exactly that entailed. I knew that I would have to take anti-psychotic medications for a while and go to therapy. Yet I had absolutely no idea how much my life was going to change.
As a result of my worsening mental illness, my ability to concentrate gradually became less and less. I also had problems remembering details and paying attention. It became bad enough that I had to give up on my original career dreams. I started college as a Pre-Pharmacy student with the intention of becoming a research scientist for a pharmaceutical company. Because of my worsening mental illness and deepening paranoid this dream became impossible to achieve.
My grades were declining to where I wasn’t even sure I could stay in college, let alone go after my dream. A change in course was in…
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