“Patrick”

Dermot

I am a man in my mid-thirties. I am unemployed, but I’m in training so I can get a job. Three words that describe me are fun-loving, insightful, and honest. I love hill walking, and music: I love playing it, listening to it. I’m not good enough to perform yet. But you watch, I will one day! 

When I was diagnosed with schizophrenia, I didn’t really understand what it was. I’d only ever heard the word in a film I watched, but it wasn’t clear what it meant. So I learned about schizophrenia by living it. I never tell people I live with schizophrenia, only my close family and two friends know about it. And yes, I’ve kept from telling about it, for instance when I enrolled for the course I’m doing at the moment. I didn’t want to take the chance that I’d be turned down, and I knew really they’d never know because my symptoms are under control, and I work hard to keep it that way. So really it’s none of anybody’s business.

I'm Patrick. I'm a football fan, an artist and a music lover. Schizophrenia is part of my life, but it is not my life.

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