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Swiyyah Muhammad was born in the projects in Saint Petersburg, FL. Her father left when she was three so she had to be raised in a single parent home. Swiyyah always saw herself as normal. She never received any disciplinary problems in school, made good grades, and received her BA degree in Psychology from the University of South FL, so when the doctors diagnosed her with the most debilitating mental disorder known in mental health, she denied it. She questioned their expertise. She refused to take medication. She was then hospitalized six times. Her family took a picture of her at her worst and that’s when she knew she needed help. She has been taking medication now for seven years without a relapse. During Swiyyah’s episodes she experienced what could have been revelations and visions from God. She recalls seeing ghosts and spirits. She studied Parapsychology for ten years on her own to understand the difference from mental illness and spiritual occurrences. She is now a published author and a motivational speaker. Her book is entitled, “Don’t Call Me Crazy! I’m just in Love,” and is inspired by her true story. It is now required reading for SPC College in writing and reading classes and suggested reading in Abnormal and General Psychology classes. Because of her experience she has grown closer to God and has learned a lot that she reveals in her speeches. Swiyyah has done extensive research and shares her personal experience and provides the warning signs she exhibited as a child. She provides resources to help the community and teaches them how to live out their dreams regardless of the disability. She was selected as an Everyday Hero on Baynews9 seen by 2 million viewers and recently appeared on her first national TV show, Real Talk with Kisha Jordan that airs in ten million households.
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