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‘Adulting’ with Schizophrenia or Schizoaffective Disorder

‘Adulting’ with Schizophrenia or Schizoaffective Disorder

'Adulting' can be hard with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder. But many schizophrenic adults thrive, and many of the mentally healthy do not. Do you?“Adulting” can be hard enough without schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder. When you have a mental illness, even seemingly simple things like keeping the apartment clean add up to be monumental tasks (Guilt, Shame, and Responsibility in Mental Illness). Here’s how my schizophrenic and schizoaffective symptoms get in the way of adult obligations, even though I keep tackling them head on.

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I Miss the Voices in My Head: Read the Surprising Reason Why

I Miss the Voices in My Head: Read the Surprising Reason Why

I do miss the voices in my head occasionally. Most people who hear voices in their head would give anything to get rid of this scary and disruptive symptom of schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder (Auditory Hallucinations: What’s It Like Hearing Voices?). I’m one of them. Yet sometimes I wish I could have an episode of hearing those voices in my head. Here’s why.

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Feeling Suicidal and Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder

Feeling Suicidal and Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder

*** Warning: this post contains frank discussions of suicide and suicidality. ***

Feeling suicidal when you live with schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder is common, and I’m no exception (Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, Suicidal Ideation). I’ve been feeling suicidal with schizoaffective disorder for over a decade—even when things are going well, the possibility of suicide has lurked in the back of my mind like a sleeping monster. And right now, not only do I have schizophrenic and schizoaffective symptoms to worry about, but the world seems to be falling apart around me.

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Stress and Mental Illness: Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder

Stress and Mental Illness: Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder

Stress is difficult to deal with even for those of us who don’t have schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder. But for those of us who do live with these disorders, stress can escalate other schizoaffective disorder symptoms that increase anxiety.  This is what it’s like to live with stress when you have schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder.

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Schizoaffective, Schizophrenic Voices Can Say Good Things

Schizoaffective, Schizophrenic Voices Can Say Good Things

Schizoaffective, schizophrenic voices are a nuisance, to say the least, but schizoaffective, schizophrenic voices can say good things. I usually try not to listen to them, but sometimes my schizoaffective voices are so loud even music can’t drown them out. And sometimes, as other people with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder may know, the voices say good, or even helpful, things. What’s up with that?

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The Truth about Paranoia, Extreme Anxiety and Delusions

The Truth about Paranoia, Extreme Anxiety and Delusions

Paranoia, extreme anxiety and delusions often go hand-in-hand with schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. If a person has schizoaffective disorder, bipolar type (like me), paranoia can attack with extreme anxiety, another offshoot of schizoaffective disorder, bipolar type. Here’s what it’s like to experience paranoia, extreme anxiety and delusions with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder.

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Schizoaffective, Schizophrenic Voices on Easter

Schizoaffective, Schizophrenic Voices on Easter

I have schizoaffective disorder, meaning, simply, that I have a combination of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. And I hear schizophrenic voices, even on Easter. It’s hard to say what brings them on. Sometimes it’s a mix of anxiety and over-stimulation; sometimes it’s one or the other. But, whatever the cause, as anyone with schizoaffective disorder or schizophrenia who hears voices will tell you, it’s not fun.

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Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, Suicidal Ideation

Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, Suicidal Ideation

As part of my schizoaffective disorder, I sometimes suffer from suicidal ideation, which is different from being suicidal. Basically, it means I think about killing myself, but I’ve never made an actual attempt. Still, it’s scary, because 10% of people with schizophrenia and 10% of people with schizoaffective disorder die of suicide. Suicidal ideation in schizoaffective disorder, schizophrenia is so scary that one time I decided I had to go to the hospital.

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My Diagnosis of Schizophrenia, Then Schizoaffective Disorder

My Diagnosis of Schizophrenia, Then Schizoaffective Disorder

I have been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. But that wasn’t always the case. I was originally diagnosed with schizophrenia. So what does it mean to have schizoaffective disorder versus schizophrenia? For me, it’s meant a long learning curve that was frightening, confusing and reeling in meds changes. My doctor now focuses on symptoms rather than a hard and fast diagnosis. Still, some understanding the differences between schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder is helpful to me and my family.

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Schizoaffective Disorder and What It’s Like to Hear Voices

Schizoaffective Disorder and What It’s Like to Hear Voices

I have schizoaffective disorder and I hear voices. The first time I heard them 16 years ago, I thought they were faeries. Sometimes I still think that. Faeries are troublemakers. So are my voices.

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