I just hope my neighbours aren't picking up on early signs of schizophrenia again! It's just, I moved into a yard with a few houses round like a small garden which we have access through. Basically I have tried to stop and chat for 5 minutes, when i have time to the neighbours, to try and appear friendly and not a threat to them. However, sometimes this has extended to about 30 minutes!!! I feel I have settled in well and so far have avoided having to talk about anything personal and private, as the neighbours do not know I have schizophrenia and diabeties.
I have been asked by the neighbours next door to me whether I have any illnesses. This was just a passing question and I didn't feel it was being asked just in conversation so I did not feel threatened by the question. However I have a policy not to get too close to your neighbours, as I have had bad experiences with this before where neighbours have almost been observing and commenting on my daily activities - eg. when I get up, go out the house, what my apparent mood is (apparently I have a different expression on my face when I go out the house everyday!) it was comments like this from my neighbour who took it upon herself to come round and inform me of a slight change of my routine and had to ask if I was ok. I felt this type of behaviour was 'strange' and nosey too and made me feel uncomfortable and not very relaxed in my own surrounding. But now I'm living somewhere different.
I am trying to avoid being in that situation again since one of the neighbours is slightly more sort of nosey than the other neighbours and does lead some rather leading questions at times. eg. how do you pay for your accommodation, does your dad say. I simply said I'd rather not say. She has not asked anything more about it. I'm hoping that she will not pry into my personal health problems, although her and another neighbour have told me about some of their health conditions. I hope they don't expect me to divulge mine.
I think I'll just have to wait and see what happens. The doctor thinks I'm well, everyone who knows me - my friends say I am doing well so it's unlikely that the neighbours are picking up on what could be signs of a mental illness again (schizophrenia) however when i was walking away I did her the slightly more nosey neighbour say "she spends all the time in her bedroom" then the other neighbour said "a previous neighbour did that too" - I'm just hoping this isn't the start of them being nosey and concerned as that would really be annoying. They had to call the police round for the previous owner who they heard screaming - I so hope that my behaviour does not give the impression that I self half or am a danger to myself or other people. I hope they would call around a social worker if my behaviour turned odd, rather than the police!