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Behaving Badly with Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder

Behaving Badly with Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder

Behaving badly due to schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder can be costly. Here's what I've learned about my schizoaffective disorder by behaving badly. Behaving badly due to schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder can cost us relationships, friendships, jobs, degrees, and more. I don’t use my schizoaffective disorder as a free pass to do or say whatever crummy thing I please. Here’s what I’ve learned about myself and my schizoaffective disorder through behaving badly. This is also how I confronted that behavior and turned it around.

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Trying to Lose Weight While On a Schizophrenia Medication

Trying to Lose Weight While On a Schizophrenia Medication

I'm trying to lose weight while on a medication for schizophrenia that is known for causing weight gain. Are my expectations for losing the weight too high?A couple of weeks ago, I described my experiences with weight gain caused by atypical antipsychotics used to treat schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. Something has changed since then, and probably with some motivation from sharing that article with you. Now I’m trying to lose weight while on schizophrenia medication. I don’t want to go off the antipsychotic I’m on or find a new one–every time I do that I have a bad experience. But here’s how I’m going about the challenge of staying on schizophrenia medication and losing weight.

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Weight Gain Caused By Medication for Schizophrenia

Weight Gain Caused By Medication for Schizophrenia

Weight gain caused by medication is a cruel side effect. After fruitlessly fighting weight gain caused by my schizoaffective medication, I now choose not to.Weight gain caused by medication is a reality. I have schizoaffective disorder, which is a combination of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. I take an atypical antipsychotic medication for schizoaffective disorder that causes extreme weight gain. Although many people with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder who take medications similar to mine make heroic efforts to fight the weight gain, I’ve come to accept it—although it’s been harder to accept that I need the medication in the first place.

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I Don’t Like Taking Medication for Schizoaffective Disorder

I Don’t Like Taking Medication for Schizoaffective Disorder

Most people with schizoaffective disorder take medication for their condition. Whether I like it or not, I don’t think I could function as a rational human being without medication (Schizoaffective Disorder Treatment). But what is it like to need to take medication for schizoaffective disorder, which includes symptoms of psychosis and the symptoms of a mood disorder?

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Antipsychiatry, Stigma And Schizoaffective Disorder

Antipsychiatry, Stigma And Schizoaffective Disorder

Antipsychiatry stigma can affect people with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder. And having schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder is hard enough without having people tell you that you shouldn’t be taking your medications. Antipsychiatry and stigma is rampant and dangerous not to mention it’s rude to question one’s choice of treatment for an illness. Unfortunately, antipsychiatry is a stigma that everyone with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and other mental illnesses runs into at some point.

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Schizophrenia and Obsessive Thinking

Schizophrenia and Obsessive Thinking

Schizophrenia and obsessive thinking, which is a symptom of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), rarely present together (although there is a noticeable comorbidity between schizophrenia and OCD). However, I do not have OCD and my schizophrenia symptoms never included obsessive thoughts.

At least not until I was put on an antipsychotic medication with a rare side effect of causing obsessive thoughts. Then, not only did I have to deal with symptoms like hearing voices, but my generalized anxiety disorder morphed into a deep well of obsessive thinking with no bottom. Schizophrenia and obsessive thinking is a tough pair to deal with.

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Medication Changes for Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder

Medication Changes for Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder

People with schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder are no strangers to medication changes (Mental Health Medication Changes Require a Doctor’s Input). Maybe the medicinal cocktail prescribed isn’t relieving symptoms or the medication is causing too much weight gain. Or maybe you’re getting headaches all the time. Medication changes are a big part of having schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder.

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Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, and Medication

Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, and Medication

People with schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder are no strangers to taking medication. Often, they take multiple medications, like me. I take so much medication I have trouble keeping track of it. But I take medication for my schizoaffective disorder, because it’s part of my treatment plan and it means I can live a full life.

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Schizoaffective Disorder and Weight Gain

Schizoaffective Disorder and Weight Gain

Before I started taking antipsychotics, I was always really skinny — I had never weighed more than 105 pounds in my 19 years of life. It was part of my identity. So was being eccentric — a lot of my identity revolved around being what would now be called the manic pixie dream girl. In case you haven’t heard of this particular dream girl, think of Zooey Deschanel or Kate Hudson in “Almost Famous.” Pretty and petite, yet whimsical and quirky. But now I deal with schizoaffective disorder and weight gain.

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Beating Medication Side Effects in Schizophrenia

Beating Medication Side Effects in Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia medication side effects are difficult to control, difficult to want to control Here's my story of medication side-effects. Take a look.

At nearly 300 pounds, psychotic and impoverished, many doctors and associates had written me off just seven years ago.  Getting back on top wasn’t easy.  It took a lot of work, help from a good doctor and a lot of determination on my part.  Through this I have discovered what I thought what was once impossible, that I could take control of my life despite having schizoaffective disorder.

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