In the News: How schizophrenia changed the whole course of my life

Alice Evans was at university when she developed schizophrenia. She didn’t leave her parents’ house for the next ten years. 

I was about 20 and studying at university when I first became seriously unwell. I’d come from a small rural village in Devon, with my bags in tow, and it was the first time I’d even really been to a city.

When I got to university it was daunting for me to be away from home but I made some friends, and was enjoying my drama course. I couldn’t shake depressive thoughts I’d had during my teenage years though.

I was working three jobs to make my rent and on top of my degree it proved to be too much.

Eventually I stopped sleeping entirely and that was when the problems really started.


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