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Elyn Saks, American Educator ( - )

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The schizophrenic mind is not so much split as shattered. I like to say schizophrenia is like a waking nightmare.~Elyn Saks


Mind Schizophrenia Say

Some people say I'm unique, that there aren't other people with schizophrenia like me. Well, there are people like me out there, but the stigma is so great that they don't come forward.~Elyn Saks


Great People Unique

My mind has been both my best friend and my worst enemy.~Elyn Saks


Best Best Friend Mind

Choose your friends wisely, and also choose friends that you can trust.~Elyn Saks


Trust Friends You

My experience is that when one is in psychosis, you're on a mission and nothing is going to stop you. At some level your brain is telling you you probably shouldn't be doing this, but you're on a mission.~Elyn Saks


Experience Brain Doing

Occupying my mind with complex problems has been my best and most powerful and most reliable defense against my mental illness.~Elyn Saks


Best Powerful Mind

Please hear this: There are not 'schizophrenics.' There are people with schizophrenia.~Elyn Saks


People Schizophrenia Hear

We must stop criminalizing mental illness. It's a national tragedy and scandal that the L.A. County Jail is the biggest psychiatric facility in the United States.~Elyn Saks


Mental Illness Tragedy

One of the reasons the doctors gave for hospitalizing me against my will was that I was 'gravely disabled.' To support this view, they wrote in my chart that I was unable to do my Yale Law School homework. I wondered what that meant about much of the rest of New Haven.~Elyn Saks


School Support Law

I am a woman with chronic schizophrenia. I have spent hundreds of days in psychiatric hospitals. I could have ended up living most of my life on a back ward, but things turned out quite differently.~Elyn Saks


Life Woman I Am

In a way, I had a very good and normal childhood. I had loving and caring parents. But I had a lot of quirks or problems when I was growing up. I had phobias and obsessions.~Elyn Saks


Parents Good Childhood