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My Schizoaffective Disorder Is Not My Fault

My Schizoaffective Disorder Is Not My Fault

Having schizoaffective disorder isn't my fault, so why do I blame myself for it? Here are insights to the blame game I play with myself due to self-stigma.I blame myself for my schizoaffective disorder, in reality, I know my schizoaffective disorder is not my fault. I know blaming myself doesn’t make sense—especially since I live to fight mental illness stigma (Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, and Self-Stigma). It doesn’t make sense for a lot of other reasons as well. Here’s why my schizoaffective disorder is not my fault–and why I blame myself for it anyway.

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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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Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder and Sexism

Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder and Sexism

Schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder are usually not thought of as having anything to do with sexism. But for me, the depression that would turn into my bipolar disorder that would turn into my schizoaffective disorder was fueled by sexism. I felt ugly and alone–and some have said that loneliness is the seed that grows into mental illnesses like schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder.

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The Politics of Psychology

The Politics of Psychology

What is it that causes Schizophrenia? What is it that makes one see, hear and think the inconceivable? Freud believed that Schizophrenia was caused by repressed homosexuality, a theory with no solid evidence. Nevertheless the idea is still perpetuated amongst certain circles of psychoanalysts who are misguided by an outdated theory. Why is this?

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The Positive Side of Schizophrenia

The Positive Side of Schizophrenia

A recent study by the Karolinsk Institute in Stockholm has provided evidence for what I have always believed; that there is a positive aspect to Schizophrenia. Though Schizophrenia is destructive to people afflicted with the illness, their family members are more likely to display brilliance in the arts and sciences. This seems true in my family as my brother is a renowned engineer and my sister a skilled Nurse Practitioner. Many of my relatives graduated from Ivy League schools and hold prestigious positions in society. Is it possible that my illness is linked to their success? According to this study this may be the case.

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Sleepless Schizoaffective Disorder

Sleepless Schizoaffective Disorder

Though I have read little concerning the connection between mental illness and sleep, I have always believed there to be a strong connection between the two. This idea stems from the personal experiences I have had with my sleep disorder, and how it seems to effect my mood and thinking.

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