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    Less talked about schizophrenia symptoms

    Most people when they hear schizophrenia think of a person hearing things or seeing things. They also may think of them believing strange things like the government is after them. While hallucinations and delusions is a big part of schizophrenia there are other things people might not be aware of.

    Schizophrenia is broken down into positive, negative and cognitive symptoms. Positive symptoms don't mean something good, it means something added to the person with schizophrenia life like hallucinations or delusions.

    Negative symptoms are difficult to deal with and arent talked about as often. They include things like lack of motivation, not being interested in things, not taking care of hygiene or important things like paying bills or even eating. These symptoms can look a lot like depression. The negative symptoms I deal with the most is lack of motivation, lack of interest and poor hygiene sometimes.

    One way I've found that helps negative symptoms is sticking to a routine even when it is hard to do. I keep reminders on my phone. I wake up and go to bed at the same time each day. I wash my face and brush my teeth and take my medicine. Then I make my bed and eat breakfast and exercise. I get dressed even if I want to just wear the same thing every day.

    Cognitive symptoms are difficult too. It is difficult for me to focus for too long on anything. This makes reading and even watching tv difficult. Even writing this is a challenge because it's hard for me to find the right words because sometimes my thoughts feel jumbled and jump around.

    Everyone with schizophrenia has different experience and these are just some of mine. I hope this is helpful to understanding schizophrenia a little better

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    I'm not rude, I have schizoaffective disorder

    It can be hard socializing when you have a severe mental illness, such as schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder. I live with schizoaffective disorder and here are some of the things I do to cope that some may perceive as being rude behavior.

    1. Not making eye contact.
    It's hard for me to make eye contact a lot because one of my delusions that I deal with is feeling like people can read my thoughts if I look at them in the eye. One way I deal with this is looking away when someone is talking to me even though I am listening to what is being said.

    2. Wearing earbuds in public
    It's hard dealing with auditory hallucinations any time but especially in public places like the grocery store. If I'm in public by myself I wear wireless earbuds to play music to drown out the chatter in my head or to look like I am talking on the phone if I start talking to myself.

    3. Stepping outside or to another room at get togethers
    When you live with schizophrenia it's easy to get overwhelmed in situations like a get together or holiday party. If I'm in an unfamiliar environment I will ask where the bathroom is or back yard is soon as I get there. It is helpful to me to have a place I can go to if I start experiencing symptoms.

    Living with schizophrenia can be difficult but finding ways to cope can make it manageable. Even if people think you are being rude. #SchizoaffectiveDisorder #Schizophrenia #MentalHealth

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    My birthday is next month. Send me a positive message for my birthday that I will remember forever please

    I can’t believe the year is almost over and I am gonna turn 26 years old. Please leave me a nice little message for my birthday coming up and wish me the best.

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    Hi, my name is FreesiaElizabeth. I'm here because I want to learn about people, and see how I can relate to others stories and experiences with my same diagnosis and or atruggles

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    Holidays and mental illness

    Holidays can be a tough time for anyone, but for those of us living with a mental illness it can be harder.
    I live with schizoaffective disorder. A serious mental illness that combines symptoms of schizophrenia and a mood disorder, in my case bipolar.
    Even though I'm well medicated I still can get symptoms especially when I'm stressed and the holidays can be stressful.

    I have a hard time making eye contact due to feeling like people can read my thoughts, this makes people think I'm being rude if they don't understand. This can make socializing very tough and uncomfortable for me. One way I deal with this is to say in my head "if you can hear me blink twice" this reassures me that they can't read my thoughts because they never do what I ask them to.

    Another symptom that makes holidays gatherings tough is I have auditory hallucinations. In crowded places it can be hard to tell the voices in my head from the chatter of the room. This is harder to deal with for me, but I find if I focus completely on one person talking I can quiet the other chatter both in my head and in the room. Another thing that helps is to step outside.

    When I get anxious or overwhelmed just stepping away to the bathroom helps I usually splash my face with cold water to ground me and bring me back to reality.

    Also, having a plan helps when getting ready for holiday get togethers. I plan how long I'm going to stay, bring my as needed meds in a pill case so they don't stand out if I need to take one, and know where I can "escape" to like knowing where the bathroom or back yard is.

    What are some ways you cope with holidays?

    #SchizoaffectiveDisorder #schizoaffective #schizophreniaawareness #Anxiety #Holidays

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