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In the winter of 2012, an undergraduate student who'd just taken my abnormal psychology course sent me an email.

The note was short, containing a link to an article about Adam Lanza (the Sandy Hook shooter) and two questions: Did mental illness drive him to do what he did? And if so, did that mean that what I'd told her in class, that the mentally ill were no more dangerous than the rest of the population, wasn't true?

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Emily Robinson's mom has had schizophrenia since before Emily was born.

"She went off her meds because she was pregnant with me," Emily told Upworthy. "One day, she got really sick and wandered off in the snow. They found her, and gave her medicine, and I was born the next day."

From there on out, nearly every day has been a struggle. 

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When you think of a person with schizophrenia, who comes to mind first?

A. That one dude in the movies who’s always hacking people up.

B. Those people who live in some sorta group home, and I don't want to think about it.

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