Schizophrenia: People with Schizophrenia: Did you know you were schizophrenic before diagnosis? Did you seek help? Were you hospitalized?My brother has battled with mental illness since 20 years now Initially due to lack of awareness he was initially dismissed with labels like weirdo and worthless and added to that the lack of access to correct treatment only served to isolate him further. Religion followed by alcohol became an important part of his life, even more so when he was delusional. Diagnosed of schizophrenia after 5 years-- he has spent a decade in and out of Rehabilitation centres. He was never hospitalized but sadly has struggled with the substandard living conditions within rehabilitation centres where the patients already prisoners and in the grip of sometimes severe and wrongly diagnosed mental illness are physically locked, bearing the inhuman treatment, sad and afraid they turn into vegetables due to the strong medications. My brother was battling with fractured relationships, was emotionally distressed and just completely confused. After 10 years he clearly understood one thing-he wanted to be out. He always pleaded with me to get him out and promised to work and showed stability and readiness to be reintegrate into the society. He is stable now since 2 years living with me, takes his medication every day and has a full time job. There have been episodes where his anxiety levels have shot up and he returned to the rehab but has bounced back within 2-3 months and has come back to be home . Essentially it depends on the intensity of the underlying issue - how we address it and if that helps my brother deal with the problem overall, nothing really is winning formula..Nevertheless he takes his medications daily, has monthly counselling sessions and with the support of family and colleagues is able to cope and has come so far to be able to lead a fairly normal life
No. That was the last thing on my mind. And no, my symptoms weren't dramatic but they did develop rather gradually. The first symptom I could remember was when I was about 17 and I was feeling awfully sad. I was taking an advanced Calculus course and it had been causing me aniexty. Immediately, I assumed I was only stressed and did a lot of meditations and I started attending church like a madman! I was desperate for relief and frankly, I just wanted the semester over with. This helped a bit but it was more of a "Today, I feel okay but tomorrow, I feel terrible!"
I self diagnosed myself with depression. I battled this for about two years before I began hearing the voices. When it first happened, I assumed it was my subconscious but it was bothersome. It felt as if someone was talking in my ears and there was no way I could stop them.
I had many attacks and I would go into brain fogs. The brain fogs were the worse. I would sit in a place for hours, not moving and tried to think because I would forget so much.
Thankfully, with the help of a friend, I was able to get tested and treated. Some days are good, others aren't, but I like to keep myself motivated.
I have schizoaffective disorder. A simple definition of it is that is that it is a combination of a schizophrenia and a mood disorder (either bipolar or depression).
This is from my personal experience only, but I did not know I had the illness until I stumbled upon papers from my doctor. When I became sick even while knowing I had the illness, I was not aware of the fact that I was getting sicker.
I can't think of the technical term, but I think the laymen's term is called lack of insight. Basically I was sick but because of my brain chemistry, I could not recognize it at the time.
Now of course I do know that I have the illness and have taken the necessary steps to stop the symptoms from re-occurring.
No, Sadly sometimes people who have it may not really understand. usually they will be delusional (unable to differentiate reality from fantasy..) however if you are diagnosed and take medications then yes you will know you have it (obviously). there are basic signs of itm thought you can look out for such as:
- early 20's to late 20's it may start (rare for children to be diagnosed and people around like 45 years old)
- disorganizaed speech
- abnormal behaviour
- lack of emotion
- not changing facial expressions
sometimes but are very common in other illness's:
- Withdrawal from friends and family
- A drop in performance at school
- Trouble sleeping
- Irritability or depressed mood
- Lack of motivation