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Has Schizophrenia or Schizoaffective Disorder Held You Back?

Has Schizophrenia or Schizoaffective Disorder Held You Back?

Having schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder and evaluating your life at midlife often means wondering if your illness has held you back. Often it hasn't.Because I’m 38, I’m starting to wonder if my schizoaffective disorder has held me back. Of course, you don’t have to have schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder to get anxious around midlife. When my mom, who doesn’t have schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder, turned 40, my little brother cheerfully quipped, “Hey, Mom. Now you’re half dead.” She laughed, but I imagine the words must have stung a little bit. However, for someone with a mental illness, evaluating your life at midlife means wondering how much—and if at all—your schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder has held you back.

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I Wish I Could Have Prevented Developing Schizophrenia

I Wish I Could Have Prevented Developing Schizophrenia

You don’t need schizoaffective disorder to wish you had the ability to go back in time to see if things would have worked out differently if you had known when you were younger what you know now. I’ll be honest with you, not a day goes by that I don’t wonder–if I had made different choices in my teens, would I still have gotten schizoaffective disorder (Causes of Schizoaffective Disorder)?

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What Carrie Fisher Meant to Schizophrenics, Schizoaffectives

What Carrie Fisher Meant to Schizophrenics, Schizoaffectives

As someone with bipolar disorder—and, really, as someone with a mental illness in general—Carrie Fisher meant a lot to me and other people with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder (Carrie Fisher and Manic Depression). I think I speak for many of us in the schizophrenic and schizoaffective community when I say she will be missed—an understatement to say the least. Here is what Carrie Fisher meant to me as a person with schizoaffective disorder.

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Staying Smoke Free With Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder

Staying Smoke Free With Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder

So many people with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder smoke cigarettes, it seems hard to imagine that they could not only quit smoking but stay smoke-free. But I did it – after several tries – even though I felt hopelessly addicted to cigarettes. So I firmly believe that if I did it, anyone can do it. Here’s how I, one of the many people with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder who smoked, quit and stay smoke-free.

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Going on Vacation With Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder

Going on Vacation With Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder

Going on vacation with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder is mandatory for those of us with the disorder. We can’t just leave it at home. We bring it along. But that doesn’t mean you can’t unwind, relax, and have fun while on vacation with a mental illness. Sure, there will be tough moments, as there always are with any illness. When you vacation with a chronic illness like schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder, the key is to focus on the fun times and not expect everything to be perfect.

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Schizophrenia or Schizoaffective Disorder in College

Schizophrenia or Schizoaffective Disorder in College

Having schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder in college is really hard. Getting a master’s degree is really hard, too. Dealing double duty can be a real challenge. I got my master’s degree in photography while coming to terms with my diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder. Here’s what it’s like to be in college while battling 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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Why My Schizophrenic Psychotic Episode Still Matters

Why My Schizophrenic Psychotic Episode Still Matters

My schizophrenia (or, more accurately, schizoaffective disorder) revealed itself to me in the form of a psychotic episode around this time of year. It happened 17 years ago, when I was a sophomore at the Rhode Island School of Design. Having your first schizophrenic or schizoaffective psychotic episode in college is pretty typical. But if it happened so long ago, why does it still matter?

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Schizoaffective Disorder and What It’s Like to Hear Voices

Schizoaffective Disorder and What It’s Like to Hear Voices

Many people with schizoaffective disorder hear voices. Here's what it's like to hear voices and how I manage hearing voices in schizoaffective disorder.

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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Schizophrenia is an Illness, Not an Evil

Schizophrenia is an Illness, Not an Evil

Several years ago, I made a video in an attempt to explain the complexities of my condition (Schizophrenia). When I made this video, I was starting to successfully control my illness. Even this, however, did not quell the anger that burned inside of me towards both the world and myself. I began to ask questions. Why was I chosen to carry this burden? What did I do to deserve this?

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