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I've become so independent there's no one left to talk to: the side-effects of long-term mental illness.

"Do you ever get the feeling you've been cheated?"
John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten).
When I was under the care of secondary mental health services, I think that you could safely say that one of their main objectives was for me to become capable of living independently. Indeed, when one is in the throes of a psychotic episode it is more than likely that one's life becomes chaotic. I remember quite clearly from my own experience that I was so bound up in a delusional frame of mind, that managing money, paying bills and attending appointments all became problematic. When help came, therefore, it was understood that I would first need support in carrying out such practicalities of daily living. Indeed, I remember being allotted a care worker who was there specifically to help me back on the road to eventually having the capability of doing such seemingly everyday tasks independently.
However, as time has gone on and a saner frame of mind has taken the place of that once tro…

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