I don’t think I’m too far off when I say, that there is a range of functioning capabilities among people who have schizophrenia.
And, that no matter the level of functioning, things do change (but not always in the best of ways).
We go from very bad to good (and, everywhere in between).
And, I am someone who has had this illness (schizoaffective disorder to be exact) for 20 years, and who has been able to learn over time, how to deal with it in the best manner (for me).
I am affected daily by my symptoms. And, I am reminded that, for some, they are able to “forge on through” despite being symptomatic.
I am able to do that to a degree, but certainly not always.
I have pushed myself (and, continue to push myself) to be able to do more than what I’ve traditionally been doing (since the time before my diagnosis).
And, what I’ve learned is that I may speak well/eloquently, but my functioning in terms of chores and responsibilities, is “not good!”
My functioning in terms of thwarting off the voices, escaping the delusions, and in keeping my anxiety and depression at bay are all “not good.”
I keep trying though! And, what I’ve found is that trying is something I’ll be doing for the rest of my life!
Things have never been great mind you! And, it steadily got to this point, in the three years (likely longer) leading up to my diagnosis.
So, I just make the best of my situation and don’t expect more than what I’ve learned I’m capable of!
How about you? What have you learned about your illnesses? What expectations have you set for them moving forward?