Helpful: Community. Boundaries. Suffering. The push-pull of perfectionism. To always make the effort! Being polite and conversational. Being industrious. Learning to better trust myself amid schizoaffective disorder. Learning to “adjust” over time. Being organized in most ways. Listening to music. Having a variety of hobbies. Giving back via this blog. Having a healthy, primary relationship. […]Read More 31 Things That Have Either Helped Me Or That Have Not
I’ve written about some of this before, adding more detail with each update. My voices started when I was 24 (or at least that’s when I first started getting treatment for them). After two psychotic breaks, they diagnosed me as having Psychosis NOS. I enrolled in college that same year! I had just enough arrogance […]Read More How My Life Changed With These Schizophrenia Symptoms
In this three part series, I’ve been sharing instances of “when my mind plays tricks on me.” Now, I’d like to share with you (as I’ve done before on this blog), just how difficult it is to keep the blog up and running. My diagnosis is schizoaffective disorder (depressive type), and it is incredibly challenging […]Read More When Your Mind Plays Tricks On You: An Exercise In Awareness (Part 3/3)
In the last post, I shared some of the things, that I’ve been through in my life. Delusions and hallucinations. And, even though I’ve worked through these beliefs of mine, I am oftentimes reminded of the ever so slight hold they have on me yet today. For instance, I doubt that anyone is going to […]Read More When Your Mind Plays Tricks On You: An Exercise In Awareness (Part 2/3)
I had my first psychotic break in the late 1990’s. Shortly after 2000, I regularly began taking my medications. It has been (and continues to be) a long and arduous journey—not only to get here, but to carve out where I am going as well. I have worked hard managing life (where my illness is […]Read More When Your Mind Plays Tricks On You: An Exercise In Awareness (Part 1/3)
Disclaimer: This Site is intended to provide general knowledge, and is not intended to serve as medical advice of any sort. Changes in mental health treatment should never be made without consulting your health care provider. This has been my doctor’s and family’s approach to helping me with schizoaffective disorder. It sometimes takes awhile, but […]Read More Struggling? Newly Diagnosed? A Message For Families Of Those With Psychosis!
NOTE: Life sucks! And, I hate the fear that is associated with sharing this post, and the one on the topic, that precedes it… but, even though life is difficult and I am afraid, I am publishing this bit of info. anyway! The short version of my diagnostic history, is that I had a few […]Read More Coping With Some Of The Suffering That Is Brought On By Both Life And (Mainly) My Schizoaffective Disorder
I did a guest post for Mental health 360° today, of which I am proud. It was great fun, and it was a joy working with Caz! Here is the guest post in its entirety: https://mentalhealthfromtheotherside.com/2020/04/17/living-with-schizoaffective-disorder/ Caz has a lot to say about mental health herself, as a Mental Health Nurse, with designations in Mental […]Read More I Have Schizoaffective Disorder… So, What Is That Experience Like?
In Part One, I posed the following question and answer… https://mentallyillinamerica.com/2020/02/28/better-but-not-fixed-a-response-to-my-voices-about-employment-and-mental-health-part-one/ Question: Why don’t mental health advocates talk more about schizophrenia and related disorders? Answer: It’s not in the agenda. The reason many mental health professionals do not have it in the agenda, has to do with the severity of the illness. It is so […]Read More Better But Not Fixed: A Response To My Voices About Employment And Mental Health (Part Two)
I feel quite heavily the weight of my decision to share these thoughts, knowing that this will garner the wrong kind of attention. Probably. But, can we be candid for a moment… about schizophrenia and employment? When did we become a society that values employment over diminished health? In taking care of my own diminished […]Read More Better But Not Fixed: A Response To My Voices About Employment And Mental Health (Part One)