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Trying to Lose Weight While On a Schizophrenia Medication

Trying to Lose Weight While On a Schizophrenia Medication

I'm trying to lose weight while on a medication for schizophrenia that is known for causing weight gain. Are my expectations for losing the weight too high?A couple of weeks ago, I described my experiences with weight gain caused by atypical antipsychotics used to treat schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. Something has changed since then, and probably with some motivation from sharing that article with you. Now I’m trying to lose weight while on schizophrenia medication. I don’t want to go off the antipsychotic I’m on or find a new one–every time I do that I have a bad experience. But here’s how I’m going about the challenge of staying on schizophrenia medication and losing weight.

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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

Schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder comes with you on vacation. But you can still have fun on vacation with schizophrenia or 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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Schizoaffective Disorder, Schizophrenia And Violence

Schizoaffective Disorder, Schizophrenia And Violence

It is widely assumed that people with mental illnesses like schizoaffective disorder or schizophrenia are violent. But this is stigma. Here's the truth.

People so often assume that those of us with mental illnesses like schizoaffective disorder (SZD) or schizophrenia are violent. The fact is that people with a mental illness are more likely to be the victim of a violent crime than the perpetrator (Appleby, et al., 2001). In the wake of the horrific Orlando shooting, once again mental illness is blamed as a cause for the attack. And, once again, stigma regarding violence among those with mental illnesses, like schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder, is reinforced.

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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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I Accept Hearing Voices, But I Don’t Like It

I Accept Hearing Voices, But I Don’t Like It

Hearing voices is an awful symptom of schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. It's hard to accept hearing voices, but I've had to do just that. Take a look.

I have schizoaffective disorder, meaning, simply, that I have a combination of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. And I experience auditory hallucinations, even on Easter. I accept hearing voices, but I don’t like that it happens. It’s hard to say what brings them on. Sometimes it’s a mix of anxiety and overstimulation; sometimes it’s one or the other. But, whatever the cause, as anyone who hears voices will tell you, hearing voices is not fun. It’s difficult to accept hearing voices, but sometimes that’s the only way to cope.

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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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