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I’m schizoaffective. Does this make me a bad person?

Dear Relative,

Thank you for reaching out.

You are not a bad person because you are schizoaffective. You are someone of value, who is loved, and you are not alone.

There is a lot of misinformation, stereotypes, and stigmas against people with mental illness out there. And there’s a lot of people working to change this because of the negative effects it can have on those who have a mental illness and their loved ones.

With effective treatment, some people with schizophrenia lead fulfilling lives. Current treatments focus on managing symptoms and solving problems related to day to day functioning. You can learn more about Treatments and Therapies by clicking here.

Finding Help

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides the Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator for finding mental health treatment facilities and programs. SAMHSA’s Early Serious Mental Illness Treatment Locator provides information about treatment facilities that offer coordinated specialty care. For additional resources, visit the NIMH Help for Mental Illnesses page.

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Resources

Here’s a couple more resources you might find helpful too:

Thank you again for reaching out. I am sending you my thoughts and prayers.

Take care,

Auntie Manda

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