Tell a friend
You have schizophrenia
And your friendship will end
Tell truth and be seen the liar

Tell your employer
You will be looking for a job
Whether you are a banker or a lawyer
Dress well or are a slob

Talk about Nikola Tesla
And the self sustaining electric dynamo
The economics of the corporate liar
You will be treated as if you wouldn’t know

Don’t listen to him he is mad
Thinks he knows how sad

Tell the world
Your life in a play or a sonnet
They will treat you the fraud
Knowing a schitzo could not write it

Tell the one you love
You take medication for your thought
They will no longer hold you there above
Everything you say doubted no matter what you’re taught

Talk about life and politics
And it would all have to be delusion
Only the imaginary the mind of schizophrenics
All phantoms and endless confusion

Don’t believe a thing they say
It is all the voices at play

Tell a friend
All your love and thought
And a friend will not bend
Their love for ever brought

Tell a friend
You have a mental illness
And see that friendship end
Another lost to an imagined mess

Talk about true reality
And no matter the evidence seen
You will always need psychiatry
And your experiences will never have been

Don’t you know that could not be
Even if you have the scars to see

Tell a friend
Or go telling anyone at all
Is like seeing your life end
And even brother hood will fall

Tell anyone you will see
No matter your qualifications or intellect
It is the last time you will ever be
Treated the same your life is wrecked

Talk again with any authority
And it will be never taken as true
Ending all relationships and prosperity
Speak the truth and you will be blue

Did you hear what they say of him
Will be the truth of you how grim.

5.09am Australian EDST
22nd October 2009
copyright Gregory John O’Flaherty


Gregory John O'Flaherty

Maryborough, Australia

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I watched Glenn Close and her sister talking about mental illness awareness, on Good Morning America, this morning..
My experience is tell anyone and you will never be treated the same again. If you are missdiagnosed, and the diagnosis is changed from Schizophrenia to Post Traumatic Stress, you will be treated the same. Family and friends will not be the same. The only people who don’t seem to treat you different are those with a mental health diagnosis.
My best friend has Schizophrenia, and has a Bachalor of Fine Arts, a Dip Ed Degree and Degree in Education for Disfunctional children, a wonderful loving person, who because of the stigma of mental illness works as a car detailer. His education and talent wasted. No encouragement from the authorities only more stigma.
I, through 10 years of service in a government bank earnt a, Unratified, Degree in Political Science/ Finance, and have unfinished studies in Electronic Engineering and Computer science, but I get treated like an illiterate and am not taken seriously by anyone who knows I have a mental health issue.

Tell anyone you have schizophrenia and it is them that get paranoid.
I have never had an auditory hallucination. Most schizophrenics don’t.

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