Schizophrenia And Off Meds

**Trigger Warning**
Mental Health Medication Discussion

In this episode of Schizophrenia and The City, Michelle is off her meds – not by choice, however. After infuriating mishaps with the doctor and the pharmacy, Michelle was only able to take four of her daily morning medications to control her schizophrenia. The result? Michelle’s conversations with disembodied voices have multiplied like rabid rabbits. Past conversations replay in her head, as well as fabricated ones. There are often multiple conversations going on, and she has no idea which voice is which. She has trouble focusing, is disorganized, for some reason wants to smoke despite not being a smoker, and clenches her jaw so tight it starts to hurt. These voices made tasks much more difficult, and packing merch for customers took an hour instead of the usual 30 minutes. It is frustrating, angering, annoying, and simply painful for Michelle. However, one of the most annoying things is that the pharmacy was so disorganized in its medication stock – if they hadn’t, none of this would have happened.

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Michelle Hammer is a Schizophrenia Activist and spends her time passionately fighting stigma.  At 27, Michelle decided to use her artistic talents and fearless personality to do something that could benefit the mental health community. In May 2015, she founded a mental health focused clothing brand. Schizophrenic.NYC is a clothing brand with the mission of reducing stigma by starting conversations about mental health. Michelle has also been featured in many publications such as Mashable, The Daily Mail, Stylist, and Buzzfeed.