Normal is Overratedby Margo Roth Spiegelman / Actions & Adventure
Normal Is Overrated
Copyright 2016 Margo Roth Spiegelman
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About Margo Roth Spiegelman
I would like to dedicate this short novel to my parents, without whom none of this would have been possible. I would also like to mention my best friend, Beti, who has always stuck with through thick and thin. Lastly, special thanks to my other dear friend, Romana, who has been a constant support in my life. Many thanks also to all of the wonderful people who have inspired me to write this novel who are too many to mention in this section.
I don't know exactly how to start this letter.
You see, well, my name is Robert and I've had three psychotic episodes so far...
Good news is: A. they've only been episodes and not proper clinically diagnosed disorders; and B. that I've had them before I turned 30 (which is when life hits you really, really hard in the face). Bad news is I had to put my life on pause twice: once in October 2012 for about a year ( for those of you who thought I failed 3rd year of University, dropped out or took a gap year, well the answer is NO; I was going through a lot and only I and my parents know how I felt to be locked away for 3 months in a psychiatric ward) and twice just before the 1st of December 2015, when having anticipated that I will be having another psychotic episode and thus having anticipated that I will need to be in a psychiatric hospital I was brave enough to willingly put myself into that horrific mental health institution.
Dear person, whoever you are, no matter where and whom you are with, if and when you read this - remember that there are others like you out there on this planet and they hear voices too and think they are someone they are not and some of those people choose to take drugs or choose not to take their drugs (which I personally think is complete madness!) and that is their choice and their choice only. But almost 99% of those people choose not to speak about the mania they have to deal with in their everyday life, the OCD or anxiety or depression they have or have been experiencing for a long time but I am part of that 1% left and I choose differently. I choose to speak and speak up and speak out louder. The world needs to know how it is to be on the other side of the fence.
Lastly, dear person the story I’m about to tell you is a story of boy who didn’t know who he was and what he was doing in life in general. A story about a boy who did not only overcome psychosis but is currently under treatment and trying to get along with his life. I hope you will not be shocked and in any way be put off from reading this story. My story.
Thank you for reading this, person I will never meet.
Allow yourself to be Happy,
PS: The above content is all true and matter-of-factly. Please do not mock it or stigmatize me as an individual.”