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Is This Schizoaffective Hypomania or Am I Happy?

Is This Schizoaffective Hypomania or Am I Happy?

Am I happy or hypomanic? I'm afraid to be happy. I'm scared it'll turn out to be schizoaffective hypomania and I'll crash into a depression. Here's how I cope.

Is this hypomania or happiness? I’m afraid to be happy. I know that’s a cliché, but, for me, it’s true. I’m afraid to be happy because happiness can betray me. What if it just turns out to be schizoaffective hypomania and I crash into a depression?

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Especially Intense Schizophrenic Voices

Especially Intense Schizophrenic Voices

Schizophrenic voices caused an especially intense episode. Here are the steps I'm taking to make sure the schizophrenic voices never get that bad again.

Really invasive schizophrenic voices stalked me about a week ago. They were brash and loud. They lasted a really long time. And none of my coping strategies worked for calming the impact of the voices. I was at home in my apartment with my husband, too. That should have made the schizophrenic voices episode easier. It didn’t.

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My Schizoaffective Disorder Care Plan for Late Winter

My Schizoaffective Disorder Care Plan for Late Winter

My schizoaffective disorder care plan helps me get through late winter. I felt so bad last year that I felt suicidal. Here's how I'm preventing that this year.

I have a schizoaffective disorder care plan for this part of winter because, a year ago in March, I completed an outpatient hospitalization program for my schizoaffective disorder. It was part of the deal I made with medical professionals after going to the ER for suicidal ideation. I learned a lot in the program and it was a positive experience, but I don’t want to do it again. Here are some things I’m doing in my schizoaffective care plan to stay out of the hospital as late winter approaches and I feel most vulnerable.

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Staying Sober with Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder

Staying Sober with Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder

Staying sober with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder is important for many reasons (i.e. medication, symptom triggers, etc.). Here's how I stay sober.

Staying sober with schizophrenia is important to me. Over a year ago, I quit drinking alcohol. I quit because it triggered my schizoaffective depression. I would get hypomanic and I would crash into a depressed mood when the wine wore off. I basically just gave it up one day and never looked back, but I do miss it from time to time. Here’s how I cope with staying sober with schizophrenia.

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Low Self-Esteem and Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder

Low Self-Esteem and Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder

I have low self-esteem and schizophrenia. Is my low self-esteem because of schizophrenia? I just don't trust my brain 100% and don't know if I ever will.

I have low self-esteem and schizophrenia (schizoaffective disorder). Unfortunately, I often feel very low self-esteem. I don’t know if it’s because of my schizoaffective disorder, but the schizoaffective disorder sure doesn’t help.

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Recovery After My First Schizophrenic Episode

Recovery After My First Schizophrenic Episode

Recovery after my first schizophrenic episode was scary. With the help of family and friends, I recovered after my schizophrenic episode, and you can too.

Recovery after my first schizophrenic episode crosses my mind each year in January. I like this time of year. Not only is the craziness of the holidays over, but everyone seems to slow down for a few months. Of course, I still have to be careful at this time of year because of my seasonal affective disorder (SAD). But I think I like January because, in January 1999, I recovered after my first schizophrenic episode.

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Is There a Reason for Hearing Voices Twice this Week?

Is There a Reason for Hearing Voices Twice this Week?

The reason for hearing voices more than usual this week must have to do with heightened anxiety. But sometimes I'm anxious and don't hear voices. What's up?

Usually, I can figure out the reason for hearing voices. I hear schizoaffective voices a lot. This week, I heard them two days in a row. That’s never happened before. But I think I know why my schizoaffective disorder made me hear voices two days in a row.

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Hearing Voices in My Head on the Train

Hearing Voices in My Head on the Train

Hearing voices in my head is a symptom of my schizoaffective disorder. Hearing voices in your head is scarier in public places. Here's how I deal with them.

Hearing voices in my head is something that happens to me often. I have schizoaffective disorder, bipolar type. This means I experience mood swings and crippling anxiety along with hearing voices. I know the voices in my head aren’t real, but they’re scary anyway. I heard schizoaffective voices in my heaed today. They started while I was on a train platform, waiting to go home from the hospital where I meet with my therapist.

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Light Therapy Increased My Schizoaffective Anxiety Over Time

Light Therapy Increased My Schizoaffective Anxiety Over Time

I thought light therapy increased my schizoaffective anxiety, but I asked my doctor to be sure light therapy was the cause. Here's how I'm handling her answer.

Light therapy increased my schizoaffective anxiety but helps with my seasonal affective disorder (SAD). I am also taking vitamin D, and that plus using the light for 20 minutes every morning seemed to really help with the light deficiency of winter. But after a few weeks of light therapy, I noticed my schizoaffective anxiety was increasing. Here’s what I did about it.

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Schizoaffective Depression and Coping with SAD This Winter

Schizoaffective Depression and Coping with SAD This Winter

My schizoaffective depression is agitated into seasonal affective disorder (SAD) in the winter. Here's how I cope with having SAD and schizoaffective disorder.

I experience schizoaffective depression and must also cope with seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Seasonal affective disorder means just what it says – you suffer from clinical major depression more acutely in the winter. That happens to me. But I also get extremely anxious in the summer. Here’s how I’m coping with SAD and schizoaffective disorder, bipolar type.

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