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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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Watching My Weight On a Schizophrenia Medication

Watching My Weight On a Schizophrenia Medication

I'm watching my weight while on a schizophrenia medication that causes severe weight gain. Here's how my weight loss is going, despite being on this medication.I’ve written recently about how I’m trying to lose weight while on a schizophrenia medication that causes weight gain. Now here’s an update. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m on an atypical antipsychotic medication for my schizoaffective disorder that causes severe weight gain: yes, severe. At times my natural weight has almost doubled on this schizophrenia medication.

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Hearing Voices on Vacation Was Tolerable with an Escape Plan

Hearing Voices on Vacation Was Tolerable with an Escape Plan

Hearing voices on vacation is becoming routine for me. So this year, I planned ahead. See what I did when hearing voices on vacation threatened our fun.

I wish I didn’t hear voices on vacation, but I know I do. Every year, my schizophrenic and schizoaffective symptoms come with me on vacation. They pack themselves up–even my schizoaffective voices. But I didn’t let hearing voices on vacation ruin my fun. Here’s what I did.

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Taking an Active Role in My Psychiatric Medication Changes

Taking an Active Role in My Psychiatric Medication Changes

Psychiatric medication changes are familiar to people with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder. I'm going through one right now. Here's what it's like.

Since I was diagnosed with schizophrenia almost 20 years ago and then with schizoaffective disorder 15 years ago, I’ve gone through scores of psychiatric medication changes. They’re never fun but remain necessary as I work with my doctor to keep the dosage as low as possible and schizophrenia symptoms under control. I’m going through a psychiatric medication change right now after a peak of anxiety. You can probably relate to the way it’s affecting my schizophrenic and schizoaffective symptoms.

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Diagnosed With Schizophrenia in School Away from Home

Diagnosed With Schizophrenia in School Away from Home

I was diagnosed with schizophrenia at school away from home. It was a terrifying time in the 1990s that I don't care to relive. Here's why.

I was diagnosed with schizophrenia in school during 1998. I’ve spent the time since then rebuilding my life while getting re-diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder along the way. I remember that period as a terrible time for me and it doesn’t get any happier as American culture launches a nostalgia kick for the 1990s. I’ll always love Tori Amos’ records, but it’s not a time I want to revisit. Falling into a psychotic episode changed me forever and, although I love my life now, I don’t want to reminisce about the terrified person I became when I was first diagnosed with schizophrenia at school.

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My Anxiety Is More Debilitating Than Schizoaffective Disorder

My Anxiety Is More Debilitating Than Schizoaffective Disorder

Anxiety causes me more problems than schizoaffective disorder. You may think schizophrenia symptoms would be tougher. But no. Anxiety is more debilitating.Anxiety affects me much more than schizoaffective disorder. You see, schizoaffective disorder is a combination of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. I have schizoaffective disorder, so I have symptoms of schizophrenia and symptoms of bipolar disorder. Then there’s a bonus–generalized anxiety disorder. Bipolar disorder is often accompanied by anxiety disorders. And it’s my anxiety symptoms that affect me the most, even more than schizoaffective disorder.

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I’m Bored: Effects of Schizoaffective Disorder with Anxiety

I’m Bored: Effects of Schizoaffective Disorder with Anxiety

Boredom has been a struggle since I was diagnosed with schizophrenia and then schizoaffective disorder. Here's how it affects me and how I cope.Boredom – it’s been a continuing struggle since I’ve started dealing with the effects of schizophrenia and then with schizoaffective disorder. After all, let’s face it, everyday life is not as exciting as a schizoaffective psychotic episode or even a manic episode. That’s not to say I would rather be experiencing acute schizophrenic symptoms than remaining successfully in treatment. I just mean that when you’re on medication for schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder that is sedating, there are so many stressful activities I can’t handle and life can become a little boring due to the effects of schizoaffective disorder.

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The Unpredictability of Living with Schizophrenia

The Unpredictability of Living with Schizophrenia

With schizophrenia, life is unpredictable. A good day can go bad quickly. Here's how I cope when things don't go well because of schizophrenia.Schizophrenia can make life unpredictable in that you never know what side of the bed you’re going to get up on, so to speak. With schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder, you have good days and bad days. Today got off to a rocky start thanks to the unpredictability of living with schizophrenia.

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Baths vs. Showers and Why this Schizoaffective Prefers the Bath

Baths vs. Showers and Why this Schizoaffective Prefers the Bath

The bath vs. shower debate affects me too. I have schizoaffective disorder and sometimes, dirty hair. Find out why. Read this and vote: bath or shower?A lot of people with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and other mental illnesses complain that they don’t like to shower when they’re sick. I don’t either—I prefer baths. In my humble opinion, a good hot bath is so much better than a shower, whether or not you have schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder. Here’s why.

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Mental Illness Disability Benefit Slashed in Proposed Budget

Mental Illness Disability Benefit Slashed in Proposed Budget

Mental illness disability benefits are first to go when it's time to balance a budget. Some say 'it's just a mental illness'-- and that's stigma. Find out why.Like a lot of people with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder, I make use of the mental illness disability benefit. And I’m really scared of Donald Trump’s proposed budget, which seeks to cut funding for those who are on social security due to a disability. With all his proposed policies, I can find no other conclusion than that Donald Trump wants to punish people for being sick. But it’s not just him. When it comes to mental illnesses such as schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder, a lot of people don’t understand why someone wouldn’t be able to work. People don’t understand why those with mental illness would need the disability benefit.

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