I just created a new board on the forum for Crazy Meds. Schizophrenia & Other Psychoses: Messages from the Zernox Galaxies
Throughout their lives, membership in the nine versions of the Crazy Meds fora has skewed towards affective mood disorders. We never have had many people in the spectrum of psychotic conditions, but we've been one of very few sites run by the mentally interesting that caters to the psychotic. I've yet to come across a site specifically about schizophrenia that isn't run by, and is primarily for family, friends and 'caregivers.' It's the same patronizing attitude NAMI has these days and it disgusts me.
What finally got me off of my ass to create the board was a post, that, in part, reminded me the latest round of anti-crazy bigotry from NPR, Huffington Post and other bastions of liberal groupthink. In their effort to avoid even raising the questions of what parts religion or nationality may or may not have played in the Fort Hood event (My take: Exactly like those of Timothy McVeigh when he killed 168 people in Oklahoma City 19 April 1995, a perverted form of religion mixed with an extremist and racist nationalism.) they dug and dug for the slightest hint of crazy. Long before the rumor of an insanity defense plea. Unable or afraid to wade into a complex debate regarding the motives of a fratricidal traitor they prefer to deflect the issue by raising the specter of crazy. Because it's perfectly acceptable for everyone to hate and fear us.
In the hierarchy of the mentally interesting the schizophrenic and other psychotics are pretty low on the social totem pole. I've read posts from plenty of people with affective mood disorders (depression, bipolar, etc.) who were glad they aren't schizophrenic, don't want to be lumped in with people that crazy and so forth. Crazy Meds strives to be the big tent of brain cooties, it was about time I continued with that tradition.