Right, the UK soap ‘Hollyoaks’ is running a storyline about schizoaffective disorder which will start just after easter and im not sure whether i should watch it or not.
whenever an illness similar to the one i suffer from (or in this case the actual one) is portrayed on tv i get quite emotional and it scares me as well, this is because its horrible to see someone else going through the same problems as me. i know its a soap, its not real, but the illness IS real and its scary. I remember Stacey is Eastenders having psychotic symptoms after childbirth and it frightened me. it wasnt necessarily the symptoms that scared me but rather the struggle.
i want to watch this Hollyoaks storyline, i just need to be sure that i have correct procedure in place if it all goes wrong for me emotionally. i dont think not watching it is an option, i just need to prepare before watching it.
also, should i tell others about it? should i encourage family members to watch it? would it be too traumatic for them? or wil lthey maybe understand? i need to call someone and talk about it.