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How Schizophrenia Currently Affects My Life

How Schizophrenia Currently Affects My Life

Having schizophrenia means that I am a bit more paranoid than your average person. The antipsychotics I take may have helped quell most of my symptoms, but they have not eliminated them. I am not “cured” of my schizophrenia, despite what some people believe. The paranoia that stems from my illness is still strongly ingrained within my subconscious mind. It is just better controlled.

I do not hear voices, believe that I am Jesus or that cockroaches are underneath my skin. I do not wander the streets thinking that I have special powers, like talking to animals or telepathy. I do not suffer as greatly as I once did, but that does not mean that I am cured. I am a “functional” schizophrenic as I am able to work, have relationships and take care of myself with some difficulty, but that does not mean that I do not have issues.

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Being A Crime Victim With Schizophrenia

Being A Crime Victim With Schizophrenia

This August, I was the victim of two burglaries by four rumored gang members.  The perpetrators were caught in the act by the Cincinnati Police Force at the scene of the crime.  A plea agreement was reached and sentencing will soon be carried out.

Being the victim of a serious crime can be a traumatic event for anyone.  The experience was even more difficult for me because it helped to aggravate my Schizophrenia symptoms.  Paranoia began to set in soon after the crime, some justified and some unfounded.  The boundaries between justifiable paranoia and irrational paranoia began to blend together.  Real and imagined danger became one, and I was left cowering in my room.

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An Artist Not A Doctor

An Artist Not A Doctor

Originally the purpose of this blog, “Creative Schizophrenia”, was to create a new form of art, that had not previously been done before.  To make a new style of writing based upon irrational thought rather than that of irrational emotions.  To turn Schizophrenia into an art form.  I never intended to be an advocate for people with Schizophrenia nor did I intend to offer support. That was more of an unintended side effect.

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Life After Schizoaffective Disorder Treatment

Life After Schizoaffective Disorder Treatment

Immediately after having been sucessfully treated for Schizoaffective Disorder, I experienced difficulties adjusting to normalcy and calmness in my life.  Though no longer actively psychotic, the world around me felt as if it had changed because I had now experienced the dark side of both myself and the world around me.

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Schizophrenia And Empathy

Schizophrenia And Empathy

Last year, a small ill kitten showed up at my front steps without a home in the middle of winter. Being allergic to cats I tried to chase him off of my porch, but he persisted to visit. The more often he visited, the more he reminded me of the homelessness that I had experienced years ago as a result of my illness, Schizoaffective Disorder.

Twice in my life I was homeless for extensive periods and in need of help. I am aware of the suffering and humiliation that this can cause, therefore I felt it would not be right to allow him to suffer. Eventually, I took him in and gave him the name “Mr. Giggles”.

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How To Succeed At Work With Schizophrenia

How To Succeed At Work With Schizophrenia

In that past, I had been unable to work due to my mental and physical issues not being properly being treated.  Working, while living with Schizophrenia, is a great challenge and many are not at the point were having a job is a viable option.  There are those, however, who could work, given a proper environment, good medical treatment and a supportive community.

Employment Barriers When Living with Schizophrenia

From past experiences, I have found the following to be barriers for my employment.

  • Difficulties of finding work with good mental health benefits
  • Work environments with strict attendance and behavioral policies.
  • Certain jobs are stressful and can trigger an episode
  • Co-workers can be non-supportive and hinder people with Schizophrenia
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The Poetry and Publications Behind My Schizophrenia

The Poetry and Publications Behind My Schizophrenia

I began writing neither for money nor fame, but simply because I thought I had a message to send to the world.  I believed that many of the horrible events that had transpired in my life, were not without purpose.  That my experiences with schizophrenia and homelessness were not in vain, but brought about with reason.  This is what brings me here to you now, as a writer and advocate, who knows what it is like to be neither here nor there, both materially and mentally.  What follows is the path I took to send this message.  Here are the publications I have written and my inspiration behind them.

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An Introduction to My Life, My Writing and My Illness

An Introduction to My Life, My Writing and My Illness

My name is Dan Hoeweler, and if you were to meet me in person, I would seem like your average eccentric artist.  I am in many ways undeniably ordinary.  I live in a house with my cat Mr Giggles, who I deeply love.  I have many friends and work as a janitor at an amusement park, and have been there for three years now without incident.  I, with the help of my family, have been purchasing and renovating houses together during the winter time.  I blend in fairly well in most situations, and if you were to talk to me you might find me somewhat intelligent and charming.

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About Dan Hoeweler, Author of Creative Schizophrenia Blog

About Dan Hoeweler, Author of Creative Schizophrenia Blog

Hello, my name is Dan Hoeweler, and thank you for visiting my blog, Creative Schizophrenia. The purpose of this blog is to help bring hope to those whose lives have been touched by schizophrenia and create a further understanding of one of the most stigmatized and misunderstood of all mental illnesses.

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