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Schizoaffective Disorder Plus Anxiety Make Me Feel Lonely

Schizoaffective Disorder Plus Anxiety Make Me Feel Lonely

Having schizoaffective disorder plus anxiety makes living life difficult. Facing anxiety triggers hallucinations but doing nothing is making me lonely.

I have schizoaffective disorder plus general anxiety disorder. General anxiety may sound like a mild condition but, for me, it can be torture. When I’m feeling extremely anxious, I often hear voices. And when facing my anxieties triggers schizoaffective voices, it becomes very hard to cope.

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Holiday Stress with Schizoaffective Disorder Coping Tips

Holiday Stress with Schizoaffective Disorder Coping Tips

Do you struggle with holiday stress and schizoaffective disorder?Here are some things I do to keep my schizoaffective disorder in check to avoid holiday stress.

Experiencing holiday stress with schizoaffective disorder is understandable. Most people with mental illnesses like schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder have a hard time around the holidays. There’s just so much pressure—to find everyone the perfect present or even to just weather holiday parties. But you can take charge. Here are some things I do to beat holiday stress, cope with schizoaffective disorder, and have fun, too.

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Getting Used to Quieter Schizoaffective Voices

Getting Used to Quieter Schizoaffective Voices

I'm hearing quieter schizoaffective voices now, but they are still scary. I'm facing new challenges with the quieter schizoaffective voices, but it will be OK.Quieter schizoaffective voices are new to me, compared to the loud voices I usually hear as part of my schizoaffective disorder — a combination of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. My schizoaffective voices have changed lately. And in a good way. But even the quieter schizoaffective voices usually come on when I’m facing stress in my life.

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Effects of Friends’ Suicides On Schizoaffective Disorder

Effects of Friends’ Suicides On Schizoaffective Disorder

Suicide triggered a new direction in my schizoaffective disorder--suicide as an option. Here's how I survive thoughts of suicide with schizoaffective disorder.

Content warning: Frank discussion of suicide affecting schizoaffective disorder.

After I was diagnosed with schizophrenia and then schizoaffective disorder, two of my friends, Josh and then Aaron (not their real names), died by suicide. Their deaths were tragic, unnecessary, preventable, and painful. And their deaths triggered a new direction in my schizoaffective disorder—dying by suicide became an option.

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Defining Myself Outside of My Mental Illnesses

Defining Myself Outside of My Mental Illnesses

Defining myself outside of my mental illnesses is a full-time job. It's important to have an identity outside of schizophrenia and anxiety. Here's how I do it.

Defining myself outside of mental illness is something I must do. Dealing with my schizoaffective disorder and generalized anxiety disorder can be a full-time job, but I am more than my mental illness symptoms. It’s difficult to define myself outside of mental illness sometimes. Anxiety makes bathing difficult, cooking impossible (luckily, my husband Tom cooks for us), and I’m even afraid to go out in the rain. Through all of this, I try to weave other things into my life that define who I am beyond mental illness.

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Schizophrenia Treatment Benefit: Took Myself Less Seriously

Schizophrenia Treatment Benefit: Took Myself Less Seriously

Schizophrenia treatment has a silver lining. I took myself too seriously before schizophrenia treatment. I missed out on many things. I don't lose out anymore.

When you’re receiving the benefit of schizophrenia treatment due to having a psychotic episode (because of schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder), and find yourself on psychiatric medication, it is hard to think that any good may have come out of it. No matter if you racked up two college degrees in spite of it. No matter if you found a loving partner in spite of it. It seems that all the good came in spite of it. But recently I thought of one benefit that came because of getting diagnosed and receiving schizophrenia treatment.

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Thank You to My Parents Who Support Me Through Schizophrenia

Thank You to My Parents Who Support Me Through Schizophrenia

My parents support means so much to me. Thank you, Mom and Dad. I couldn't have recovered this much from schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder without you.

A parent’s support is amazing. It’s important for everyone to have a support system – but, for people living with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder, a support system is critical.  I’ve written a lot about my husband, Tom, but I haven’t written that much about my parents. My parents’ support has been there for me from day one when doctors first diagnosed me with schizophrenia, and again later when I was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, up until today.

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The NAMI Walk For Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder

The NAMI Walk For Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder

The NAMI Walk helps me advocate for schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. It's a healing experience. Read about the 2017 NAMI Walk in Chicago.

Ever since I was diagnosed with schizophrenia and then schizoaffective disorder, mental health advocacy has become a very important cause for me. One of the ways I advocate for people with mental illnesses like schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder is by participating in the annual National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) walk in Chicago, a beautiful lakefront trek in the company of thousands of people.

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When I Hear Schizophrenic, Schizoaffective Voices Most

When I Hear Schizophrenic, Schizoaffective Voices Most

Schizophrenic or schizoaffective voices are a common breakthrough symptom for me. I hear voices more than I'd like, and they're bothering me now. Here's why.

Many people with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder experience the troubling symptom of hearing voices. I hear voices. I hear them often. It’s a breakthrough symptom even for those of us on medication. But there is one time when I experience schizophrenic/schizoaffective voices the most.

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My Husband’s Biggest Difficulty with My Mental Illness

My Husband’s Biggest Difficulty with My Mental Illness

My husband's biggest difficulty with my mental illness surprised me. Schizoaffective disorder isn't easy to deal with, but those symptoms don't bother him.

There are many difficulties with my mental illness. If you’ve been reading Creative Schizophrenia regularly, then you most likely know I have a wonderful husband named Tom who is very supportive in my journey with schizoaffective disorder. He is so supportive that he makes me feel it is our journey with my schizoaffective disorder. So when one of my readers asked me what the biggest difficulty with my mental illness was for him to deal with, his answer surprised me.

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