Welcome to EarthTurns
A gritty and real portrayal of life with mental illness, and evidence that healing is possible.
Joshua Alexander is a Cornell graduate who was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, and spent 10 years battling the illness, being hospitalized, and at one point living in a group home for the mentally ill.
Eventually, he was able to heal from the illness for good, go back to work full time, get married and buy a home, and is now living a normal life.
At this point I am enough out of the woods that I feel comfortable telling my story. I have sustained a full-time job for over three years, I am happily married, and I recently bought my first home. I am completely symptom and side-effect free, and for all intents and purposes, I am living a healthy and normal life. In fact, I feel that after having gone through the experience of a debilitating mental illness, I am a better person for it. I am more down-to-earth, humble, caring, and compassionate. My worldview has been reshaped and expanded, and I am more conscious of what really matters in life - and more grateful for it.
It was a decade-long fight, with my first symptoms appearing at age twenty-one, until I finally got off of Social Security disability at age thirty-one. I was first hospitalized in an inpatient unit on the seventh floor, shortly after my twenty-third birthday, and spent Christmas that year in the hospital. I was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. At the time, I thought some of the nurses were aliens living among us to help us evolve.