Personal Accounts: How I Learned to Live With Schizophrenia
Kim Lee Seagull
Like most men with paranoid schizophrenia, I fell victim to this serious mental illness in my mid-20s, while I was studying psychology and philosophy at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 1978. I had most of the classic symptoms of this illness, including delusions with persecutory, referential, and grandiose messianic religious themes. I will tell you about them and about how my own creative nature as an artist, playwright, and poet helped me deal with this illness with the help of my orthomolecular psychiatrist. He vastly improved the quality of my life and helped save it. Now let me describe the period just before the onset of my bout with this mental illness.