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    Schizophrenia is a chronic mental illness that sees the afflicted patient suffering from psychotic symptoms. Read more →

    I have been doing part time work in 2011 I feel that I have recovered significantly to look for full time work I am no longer anxious or scared or nervous I don't have any delusions or voices in my head and I don't have hallucinations. I am very positive at the moment and really want to get my life back on track and forget the past and come off state benefits. I still take my medicine but which is wise because I don't want to relapse, I function well in the autonomy of life, when I told my GP that I was normal again he said that normal can't be defined because everyone is different. Thanks.

    I suffered from psychosis for a while I had delusions of grandeur delusions of persecution and paranoid thoughts and believes like getting messages from the the TV and radio also I lost lots of weight through beliefs that this would make me more spiritual I was nearly anorexic I also believed I was dead. It was triggered I think by drugs mainly cannabis but things got worse when I took LSD because of the delusion that I thought it would make me more spiritual wrong!! after that I just felt nervous all the time and these feelings would remain in periods when I wasn't doing drugs. But it was cannabis that was the trigger for all this It made me paranoid so although I enjoyed the mind altering effects I preferred to smoke it alone because around people I would just get outlandish paranoid thoughts and felt like I was being psychologically bullied. But these feelings stuck with me even when I was off the drugs and this effected my work life social life and even made me scared to get the bus or go shopping or go to the job centre or go out in general as I thought the whole town was against me. I had many breakdowns and clashes with parents which led to a stint in prison where they tried to help me but I was even paranoid about that I believed they just wanted to turn me into some kind of drugged zombie and while I was in prison I believed they were conspiring to kill me and have it look like suicide. I have attempted suicide four times by overdose it wasn't until I was finally sectioned that although I tried to appeal eventually I cooperated and started on the road to remission and now to recovery and social recovery with help from medication, supportive outreach and family support. I'm doing very well but I just feel I need to do something like volunteer work and then part time paid work because I feel ready but it makes me anxious and I feel bad because of my lack of motivation I often just hang out at my folks house and I love the cinema so I usually spend time dossing about between trips to the cinema and between weekends when I socialise with family friends. I got schizophrenia in my late teens and it lasted until my mid twenties. I take a reduced dose of one 10mg olanzipene tablet every night. The olanzipene's effects were weight gain.





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    I have been doing part time work in 2011 I feel that I have recovered significantly to look for full time work I am no longer anxious or scared or nervous I don't have any delusions or voices in my head and I don't have hallucinations. I am very positive at the moment and really want to get my life back on track and forget the past and come off state benefits. I still take my medicine but which is wise because I don't want to relapse, I function well in the autonomy of life, when I told my GP that I was normal again he said that normal can't be defined because everyone is different. Thanks.

    hello, I had a near death experience after taking ecstasy 4yrs ago. When I was released from hospital I had severe derealization and depersonalization, I had fears of no escape terrified of my own thoughts. Now 4yrs since that day I am still suffering everyday, Its like I cant accept life and whats going on in it..I constantly strain over things like how do we have thoughts? What are thoughts? how do the words we speak register in my head to mean what they mean..who am I? what am I? there are no definitive answers to this?? I am extremely traumatised and feel like freaking out everyday just running into the corner screaming and shouting because nothing adds up I just cannot cope. Ive been to see a psychiatrist over a period of time and in the end he told me to do breathing techniques, that I am not that bad and do not need medication...but I feel like hes not grasping everything I tell him..I dont hear voices or have delusions but I am in serious doubt whether or not I can overcome this considering the circumstances. Anyone with any help I would be so grateful. Thank you





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    you can ask to see a different psychiatrist, get a second opinion if you dont think that the one you're seeing is helping. with drug issues it can take a long time for your brain to reset itself, sometimes it doesnt. have they suggested any kind of therapy? it sounds to me more like a thought problem than a psychotic one - you're over thinking things and getting anxious about it which feeds back into the cycle. drugs arent the only solution to problems like these. be open to what they're suggesting but if you dont agree with them then dont be afraid to ask for another opinion.

    Yes i agree i think it is a thought problem. it seems to me it could be more like post traumatic stress. Its like i have traumatic and disturbing thoughts which emerge and then submerge which i need to get out. I have been to see a nurse councillor who works along side my psychiatrist and she had no reason to be worried about me she thought the same thing, that im just a bit of a hypercondriac and need to turn this on its head. I have went up to the hospital before to ask to speak to my doctor when i felt i couldnt go on anymore but he just sent out one of his junior doctors to take info from me and when it was passed onto my psychiatrist he said he still wasnt concerned about me and i do not need medication. I am grateful that he thinks its nothing to worry about and it is reassuring but it doesnt change the fact that i am suffering and feel like i cant go on everyday..my breathing is all over the place aswell i have great difficulty with it on a daily basis. I would love to try some kind of specialised councilling like CBT or psychotherapy...Its not right for psychiatrists to turn people away like this, it makes me feel alone and helpless, but i no there is some type of therapy out there which will take the edge off this there has to be.

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    Hi, I have been diagnosed with Paranoid Schizophrenia for 6 years now. However my symptoms developed after my parents divorce some 20 years ago now. Needless to say I have developed some pretty good survival skills having survived University, living abroad and a full on Masters program without ever being diagnosed. Doctors do not seem to know how to diagnose mental illnesses correctly! My symptoms included paranoid thoughts - I thought my father had abused me and was a paedophile. When I was working in a factory full of men I thought they were in a paedophile ring. It was very distressing and I cut off my parents for a good few years as a result. I was eventually diagnosed after years of complaining to doctors and visits to the police to complain about paedophiles! How silly I feel now. The worst is knowing that some people with my condition have gone on to offend (Peter Sutcliffe is a paranoid schizophrenic). After speaking to my psychiatrist they explained that people who cause harm to others often have other mental illnesses not even associated with schizophrenia which did put my mind at rest a bit but it is still scary none the less. I feel that the guy who interviewed with Embarrassing Bodies is exceptionally brave as the outside world does associate the condition with violence and criminal acts. So much so that I have not revealed to my employers that I have the condition as I am afraid of being sacked or made redundant. Although i am now 'recovered' I still feel really embarrassed by my delusions when I was in psychosis. My relationship with my father has improved but I still feel really guilty for putting him through all that. Anyway I hope others share thier experiences and thoughts! Take care xxx





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