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    What is something in your life that turned out better or worse than you thought it would?

    <p>What is something in your life that turned out better or worse than you thought it would?</p>
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    How do I accept a schizoaffective diagnosis?

    I feel like the world is dictating what I should believe in and without my thoughts being considered. In this case I'm made to accept this diagnosis after years of differing diagnoses which I did speak up about; I feel I can't say anymore because a small part of me does believe it. #Psychosis #SchizoaffectiveDisorder #Schizophrenia

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    How do you cope with loneliness?

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    My Experience With the 'Walking Corpse' Delusion, Cotard's Syndrome

    I was always kind of interested in psychology and psychiatry, so, in my teenage years, I would check these videos and articles with lists of “bizarre,” “worse” and “scary” psychiatric disorders you could get. Of course, most of it was about psychosis. That’s why, when I was first diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, I was pretty scared. Even more so when my doctor told me I was experiencing Cotard’s syndrome, or Cotard’s delusion. It was one of the scariest and most bizarre disorders in many lists I had checked. Maybe that’s why I was first in denial. Maybe it was just because of the nature of my illness, it’s hard to tell. But the truth is that it took a while to accept I had experienced what many would call “the walking corpse syndrome.” It began with a feeling in my stomach and a smell, like I had eaten something rotten. Then, it spread to my abdomen, and I believed I could feel the movement of my bowels, a tingling beneath my skin. It was all rotten, that was my conclusion. The smell only got worse. I had been depressed, and didn’t leave my bed often. Soon, all of my muscles were melting and decaying. I barely spoke. I feared other people would notice the rotten smell. This made everything worse. Nothing was worth it, because I was already decaying. I was already dead. Cotard is experienced by some people with schizophrenia spectrum illnesses and psychotic depression, but the stigma around it, and psychosis in general, prevents us from talking about it. Psychosis is not a rare condition, but all the stories I had heard about it prevented me from identifying with that. You are not a zombie if you experience Cotard. And, most importantly, you are not alone. Antipsychotics and therapy helped me overcome it, in a few months. And then, I could understand how much that reflected my depressed humor, how it was a way of my mind to deal with all those thoughts and feelings of death, typical of depression. My journey with schizoaffective disorder is far from its end, and I am lucky I didn’t let that delusion convince me otherwise.

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    I supposedly have schizoaffective disorder but I have some objections...

    I don't believe that I have the illness at all or anything else along that spectrum. I'm stuck taking meds that I'd say have rendered me an addict to those meds. I feel like I'm pretty healthy mentally and physically (I don't smoke and I rarely drink.) I'm stuck in a limbo and I don't know how to get out of it. #MentalHealth #Psychosis #SchizoaffectiveDisorder #Schizophrenia #Depression

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    Write an encouraging message to someone who may be struggling with their depression right now.

    <p>Write an encouraging message to someone who may be struggling with their <a href="https://themighty.com/topic/depression/?label=depression" class="tm-embed-link  tm-autolink health-map" data-id="5b23ce7600553f33fe991123" data-name="depression" title="depression" target="_blank">depression</a> right now.</p>
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    I'm new here!

    Hi, my name is Pampampam1992. I'm here because I suffer every moment of every day from the worse mental illnesses symptoms that I've ever heard of.. the list of symptoms is excessive.

    #MightyTogether #SchizoaffectiveDisorder

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    Who, what, or where do you get the most support for your depression?

    <p>Who, what, or where do you get the most support for your depression?</p>
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    My little pillow thief😅❤

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