Asylum Squad Comic Strip 14
This comic page was the first of an ongoing series of side strips that step away from the lives of the four main characters to examine, among other things, the path to my recovery. I was, of course, still in hospital when this one was done - the first 44 strips were written and drawn while I was in long-term care on a schizophrenia ward. (Yeah, I got into some minor legal trouble, but all that is in the past, and doesn't matter now, or affect my life in any way... except that through the process I learned who my real friends are.)
My ward psychiatrist wanted me on much more medication than I was willing to take. Thank god for great, supportive parents in the outside world, and for my fierce determination to remain optimistic! To this day, I only take one psychiatric medication. Some may disagree, but I believe that the less medication, the better, and that too many psychiatric drugs are bad for overall health in the long run. (I believe that more than two different psych meds is too much, for example.)
I became an optimist the day I had what I believe to be a divine experience... I became happy the day I was discharged from the hospital that I was held in for just under a year.