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Summer Blues, Schizophrenia, and Schizoaffective Disorder

Summer Blues, Schizophrenia, and Schizoaffective Disorder

The summer blues affect schizoaffective, bipolar type as often as the winter blues. Or maybe I'm depressed all the time. Learn more about SAD and schizophrenia.With schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder, you can experience the “summer blues.” Schizoaffective disorder is a combination of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. I have schizoaffective disorder, bipolar type. For me, that means I’ve had a schizophrenic psychotic episode in which I thought I was being stalked by famous people, the Italian mafia, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). It means that I hear voices. And it means that I have bipolar mood swings, from manic highs to depressive lows. I usually tend to veer to the side of depression. I am a bit of a connoisseur of depression. I’ve experienced different flavors of depression before and after my diagnoses of schizophrenia and then schizoaffective disorder. One of those flavors is the summer blues with my schizoaffective disorder.

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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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Schizoaffective Disorder, Schizophrenia And Violence

Schizoaffective Disorder, Schizophrenia And Violence

It is widely assumed that people with mental illnesses like schizoaffective disorder or schizophrenia are violent. But this is stigma. Here's the truth.

People so often assume that those of us with mental illnesses like schizoaffective disorder (SZD) or schizophrenia are violent. The fact is that people with a mental illness are more likely to be the victim of a violent crime than the perpetrator (Appleby, et al., 2001). In the wake of the horrific Orlando shooting, once again mental illness is blamed as a cause for the attack. And, once again, stigma regarding violence among those with mental illnesses, like schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder, is reinforced.

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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, Anxiety, and Hearing Voices

Schizophrenia, Anxiety, and Hearing Voices

Hearing voices is a symptom of schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder and voices can be caused by anxiety. Learn more about anxious schizophrenic voices.

Anxiety can bring about schizoaffective and schizophrenic voices, as I’ve written before. And I’ve written about how much they scare me, even though I know they’re not real. When I say “voices,” I literally mean hearing voices– actually hearing them– even though they aren’t there. It is one of the hallmark symptoms of schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder, and for me it’s triggered by anxiety.

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