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‘I’m a happy mum of two living with schizoaffective disorder’

Diagnosed aged 22 after years of living with the mental illness, Nicola Wall wants more people to be aware and speak up if they experience symptoms, and how, despite her ongoing battle, she has found happiness as mum to two beautiful kids

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Nicola Wall in Dungarvan, Co Waterford, with her children Danny and Sienna. Pic: Dylan Vaughan.

Nicola Wall in Dungarvan, Co Waterford, with her children Danny and Sienna. Pic: Dylan Vaughan.

Nicola wants people to be much more accepting of those who are perceived as different

Nicola wants people to be much more accepting of those who are perceived as different

Nicola's book Pretty Sane

Nicola's book Pretty Sane

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Nicola Wall in Dungarvan, Co Waterford, with her children Danny and Sienna. Pic: Dylan Vaughan.

I heard voices in my head and experienced hallucinations while I was sitting on my tiny chair, at my little desk in Montessori school. I did my best to colour inside the lines, sing nursery rhymes and get to grips with this whole potty-training thing while the early symptoms of my psychotic illness began to present themselves.

Years later, while in sixth class of primary school, I had a sort of epiphany where I finally came to realise that not everyone else heard voices like I did. This was in the early noughties where education around mental illness was non-existent.


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