Schizophrenia is a mental illness that affects a person’s thoughts and actions, leading to auditory hallucinations and delusions. Because there is not a lot of understanding about the causes of schizophrenia, many experts are worried that this can lead to not providing the best treatment for it. By seeing the quotes of people you admire who are going through schizophrenia, you will have a better understanding of the condition.

Brian Wilson

Brian Wilson is the co-founder of The Beach Boys and co-write a lot of popular songs by the band like “Good Vibrations” and “Wouldn’t It Be Nice.” Despite the positive success, Wilson was also struggling with mental illness for several decades. At 25, Wilson began experiencing auditory hallucinations and felt like he was hearing voices saying negative things about him. “Whenever I’ve been told to stop — by someone who thought they had power over me, by something that happened around me, by the voices I heard in my own head — I kept going.” Wilson is basically saying to not let the auditory hallucinations have power over you and to keep living your life.

Lionel Aldridge

NFL defensive lineman, Lionel Aldridge, won three world champions. But at age 33, Aldridge was suffering symptoms of schizophrenia which led to years of homelessness before going into treatment. He wanted to use his position as an athlete to inspire others going through the same thing. “I had gone through 10 years without getting any kind of treatment. Once I accepted and cooperated with the treatment, I started to beat the illness.” This proves that letting your schizophrenic symptoms continue without treatment will make things worse. By doing something about it through treatment, you are truly beating your mental disorder.

Elyn R. Saks

Elyn R. Saks wrote the memoir “The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness.” She is considered one of the first writers to help readers understand what it is like to live with schizophrenia. She says that her “good fortune lies in having found my life.” This means that you have your life right in front of you and it is important to live it happily. She says that it is a challenge for anyone, mental illness or not, to find their way through life. These inspirational quotes show that anyone can suffer from schizophrenia and that treatment is always the right option in taking back control of your life.

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