I have schizophrenia but since recovering enough to be productive again, I can find humor in the worst of times and situations. Once I was telling jokes to a man at my church. I asked, “How is a man different from a puppy?”
He didn’t know. I replied, “The puppy quits whining when it grows up.”
He laughed and said, “Ahh you’re crazy.”
"Yes I know and my psychiatrist can certify that I am." I responded.
He got serious but I laughed so hard that he laughed too.
Since becoming productive again I have a ministry called His Hands, Inc. We tutor students, I do speaking engagements, teach two Bible studies, try to spread the tutoring to different churches all over the USA, teach workshops for teens, & others as parenting classes and a financial workshop for the very poor to help them stretch their money.
I have also had my story dramatized on the “Unshackled” radio program and on “Joni and Friends”. You can hear both of these free on our website: www.hishandstn.org.
I understand about mental illness from suffering from it and from family members, friends, and acquaintances having a mental Illness. Our God given talents, personality, and heredity define who we are, not the illness.
There is hope and we can help each other along the way. God and reading everything I could read has given me great insight into our illnesses and to what helps and what hurts us. May you find hope in the hope that Jesus has given to me.