Despite many advocates’ pleads, I choose to identify as a schizophrenic instead of a person with schizophrenia. It’s my way of owning the illness as part of me. I am more than a schizophrenic person, but a schizophrenic person is who I am, just as a writer is who I am. It’s never going away, so I take accountability for the schizophrenia like of it were any other part of me. It’s nothing to be ashamed of.
– Allie Burke, Author, Mental Health Blogger, Advocate, and Schizophrenic