I said, "Yeah, right, Dad," and kept laughing.
At twenty I turned into a paranoid schizophrenic*.
It wasn't until after I reached the age of 55 that I read the work of the autistic self-advocates of the Neurodiversity Movement and learned to be especially proud of the grandiose feature of my delusional disorder. My effort to help save the world along the lines of B.F. Skinner's scientific design of society would not be possible if I were not so big-headed. (Not that it's about me, either. I usually keep my name down from the internet and I get no pay for any of it.)
I recommend the following to my readers and followers: Don't laugh at a schizophrenic or else you could have some bad luck as well.
Laugh at yourselves, as some comics do, which to me is the best form of comedy.
Today there is a campaign called the R-Word which calls on the public to stop saying "retarded" which "slow learners" view as a slur. Their feelings are hurt by words too.
I can be described as someone with a thought disorder. I would prefer language like that*.
* We do not have more than one personality and we do not contribute much to the overall rate of societal violence, especially when we don't abuse illicit drugs (Walsh, Buchanan, and Fahy, p. 490), despite all the stigma: despite the commonplace pseudo-intellectual comparisons of schizophrenia with split personality, despite the hackneyed comedians' cliché who think they're so funny talking to the "other half," despite all the blockbuster "deranged killer" movies: "Psycho," for instance, which make life worse for all of us, despite the local eyewitness corporatist "if it bleeds it leads" sensationalized hyper-vigilant false libelous news about us, and despite the thoughtless, hurtful, everyday words people use unconscionably: "psycho, loony, madman, schizo," because nobody ever tells them it's wrong, but they know it's wrong to say "nigger," "kike," and "spic" about others who haven't lost their minds.
Aristotle said the ability to reason is what sets humans apart from other animals. I suppose then that schizophrenics are not persons, by that old-fashioned rhetoric. (See SparkNotes, Nicomachean Ethics, Summary and Analysis, Book I, last paragraph.)
Note: The public misunderstanding of "schizophrenia" is not the fault of the public. Psychiatrists derived the word from "schizo/split + phrenia/mind" and pegged the label on people like me. We have nothing of the sort, especially when we consider B.F. Skinner's (2014) attribution of psychology's use of "mind" as a "fictional explanation" of the causes of human behavior. We have psychiatry itself to thank for its hefty contribution to all the misguided stigma about us. They continue to use the label. They would be blind to not see how much it harms us.