NOTE: The poem is at the bottom of this post.
I am a truth seeker and truth teller and have schizoaffective disorder (which was caught early and I have been taking medication for it for 21 years). And, I am as much of an open book as is possible, without embellishing my lived experiences with chronic mental illness.
With that, I intend on keeping things real for my readers.
A little more about the nature of severe mental illness…
A lot of people with severe mental illness struggle with addiction. It’s commonplace actually.
In my early 20’s, I drank. No drugs. And no meds (although meds came at the age of 27 for me).
At 47, I live as much of a low-stress life as I can, and that is due to the toll severe mental illness takes on me.
Now, there are some bloggers on WordPress who have schizophrenia and are living a fulfilled life (that is their claim). And to them, I say… keep on!
There are also some people here with schizophrenia, who are battling addiction. And, I say to them… stay in the fight!
For me personally, I am somewhere in the middle in terms of what I am doing and what I am able to do.
I require a pretty high dosage of antipsychotic medications. And, every time I try to go down on any of my meds, it isn’t long before I have to return to high dosages.
And, I’m on good meds! They are preventing me from experiencing a high degree of psychosis/instability, which might otherwise land me in the hospital.
The downfall to the meds and this illness though, are that many people (if they even take the meds), have very little energy. Especially those individuals taking high dosages of the medication.
I don’t have the ability to be on the go like I did in my early 20’s, when I was self-medicating, which if you are predisposed to mental illness, only worsens your mental health.
So, while some people on WordPress claim persistence (in fighting schizophrenia) gets you a fulfilled life… that is true, but it also isn’t! And I’m left feeling like there’s more to the story!
Schizophrenia is not an illness whereby people are flourishing or (in some cases) even living a life that is completely devoid of alcohol and drugs.
Schizophrenia is a serious and debilitating disease, that if you’re doing the right things, you’ll get by. Maybe even (partially) make it! And, it’s entirely possible that many of your needs will go unmet as well!
It’s far from easy dealing with severe mental illness, and I for one, will not make it seem like it isn’t an every day battle!
In closing, the content below is a part of my worldview. So, if you want to dismiss it, you’re free to do that if you like.
I am a liberal. I take issue with nationalism, capitalism, racism, and the war on women. Things in my country are not good. Nor are they going to get better soon.
When the masses embrace anti-intellectualism, and you have to search far and wide for some semblance of peace, health care, and sensibility within your country; then you know democracy is barely standing.
Even when everyone’s rights have been taken away, people will not see the value in science or education. They will never realize they voted for the wrong people.