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I Understand Schizophrenia

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 132 People

    This Is Hard to Write

    I understand Schizophrenia because the love of my life had it. He was a rare case, and a beautiful man with a beautiful soul. He was diagnosed with childhood schizophrenia, and undifferentiated schizophrenia. We lived together for about six months. I hated how people treated him...
    xoxkurtxox xoxkurtxox 18-21, F 5 Responses Jun 19, 2008

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    Living With Schizophrenia: A Misunderstood And Stigmatized Illness

    “Living with Schizophrenia: A Call for Hope and Recovery” is a half-hour documentary film that tells the story of three people who are living meaningful lives with schizophrenia. The film sets out to increase understanding and to reduce the fear and stigma often associated...
    rhcsg rhcsg 22-25, F May 27, 2011

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    I Get It

    I understand it. I have always seemed to get the idea of schizophernia. I sometimes feel really... talkitive. I have never really had an imaginary friend. This might sound intersting, but I think the disease is horrible and still fascinating. Ever since I saw on Youtube, the...
    MaskedCat MaskedCat 13-15, F May 21, 2012

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    The Step Ladder

    i understand schizophrenia only because i have schizophrenia.  it seems like there are different levels of schizophrenia at any given moment, at least for me, just attacking away at me.  almost like a step ladder.  i can be at the bottom of my step ladder and...
    morningstarr morningstarr 31-35, F 4 Responses Feb 16, 2008

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    My Take On Schizophrenia

    I am in the medical field, and I have had some patients with schizophrenia. From what I understand, the person loses touch with reality. Things become hazy and they experience auditory and sometimes visual hallucinations. They sometimes have disorganized speech patterns and...
    Warmthoughtsofyou04 Warmthoughtsofyou04 26-30, F 5 Responses Jun 19, 2008

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    From Living In Tap

    I was in a treatment center for three months for mental illness and housed with people with many different mental illness .And i learned alot about schizophrenia .. and its a very difficult illness to comprehend ...  and its a very sad illness .. i couldnt imagine what it...
    starstruck2xtrme starstruck2xtrme 26-30, F 2 Responses Aug 14, 2007

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    Schizophrenics, when you get to know them,

    are always strong, smart people. Don't label schizoids as crazy.
    mariatheresae mariatheresae 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 16, 2014

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    Schizophrenia

    I do not have schizophrenia but I do understand it.  I know a few who are affected by schizophrenia and one person in particular who has it and it isn't because it is hereditary in this person's family.  I believe, I have a feeling how this person developped it.  I rather...
    Whateverrrrr Whateverrrrr 36-40, F 2 Responses Jun 2, 2011

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    Ari

    My father specialized in the treatment of Schizophrenic patients. Often-times they would come by our house for therapy and as a result I got a good idea of what the different aspects of the disease look like. Most of my experience comes from dealing with Ari, a young man of about...
    dukeofurl dukeofurl 41-45, M Apr 7, 2013

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    My Tale

    I sufferered from insecurities even as a small child. I used to hear a voice inside saying 'dont smile because it makes you ugly'. So when I was caught off guard and actually laughed I would quickly cover up my face. That was one of my earliest memories from school.. so...
    SuzyWongx SuzyWongx 31-35, F 5 Responses Oct 23, 2007

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    Comfort.

      Please listen to “A Rose” by Thomas Newman while reading. Thank you. - - -In my head, I am always welcome. I hate to be alone. I am always surrounded. Who’s there? I am always known. Oh, it’s just you. I am always justified. Don’t worry, I’ll keep...
    nomkat nomkat 18-21, F Dec 31, 2012

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    My Story Of Battling This For 8 Years

    Also, I will post my testimony/backstory here to read. I would like to start with a brief recap of my life leading up to my initial hospitalization and diagnosis, and then acceptance of Jesus Christ as my savior. I was born on September 5th, 1986 in Binghamton New York. I was...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Feb 5, 2013

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    Enlighten Me

    I have a family member with schizophrenia, I'm studying psychology and I really would love to hear someone's personal definition of the condition as they have experienced it. Any and all information would be helpful, the more in depth the better. Thank you!!! ~H~
    hollysue hollysue 26-30, F Dec 27, 2007

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    That Day

    It was throughout one day that I went through a traumatic Schizophrenia faze. I cant remember what the doctor said but he said I freak out too much over little thing one of my friends was angry at me, fairly, I was mean to them but I was on a bad day thing, and anyway he kind of...
    deleted deleted 26-30 May 5, 2012

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    I have a frnd who is schizophrenic

    and i try to relate to him but its hard when his own mind is working against him. I read up on it and it sounds very difficult when ur own brain is against u.
    anarchopacifista anarchopacifista 22-25, M Jan 23, 2014

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    Related Experiences

    Anyone can share the link between schizophrenia and dementia. I am very concern with poor memory issue due to schizophrenia.
    Jochan Jochan 46-50, M Feb 23

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    Well, my aunt is the only living family member with schizophrenia. She asked how things were going and i told her about my doctors meeting and everything about the schizophrenia...
    EverythingAndAnything EverythingAndAnything 18-21, F 3 Responses 1 day ago

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    I'm so angry. I'm so very, very angry. EVERYTHING has been irritating me. Everything. Things that wouldn't normally. Any time I hear someone eat I want to punch them in the face...
    PinkMellow PinkMellow 18-21, F Feb 20

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    I believe that my mother has schizophrenia, and I am the only one in my family who thinks that she has a problem. I really want to get her some help, but my dad and my sister...
    mcgradyyeah mcgradyyeah 26-30, F 2 Responses Feb 5

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    The only man that kinda understands and know how to deal with me, my husband, suddenly stopped supporting me and just now fought with me because of my hallucination...... He says...
    VeniceTheMenice VeniceTheMenice 31-35, F 3 Responses Feb 12

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    I was in my aural skills class and they started making jokes about hallucinations. I was waiting for someone to come out with the word, "Schizo" like normally happens with ignorant...
    mstenorsaxplayer mstenorsaxplayer 18-21, F Feb 12

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    Well they haven't diagnosed my sister yet. But my dad think that she might have schizophrenia because she's showing some signs of it. She's going to see her psychiatrist on Monday...
    andreaespe andreaespe 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 14

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    It seems like my school doesn't want to help me much when it comes to my schizophrenia. They just tell me, "maybe this major isn't for you." Unfortunatly, that is how the world is...
    mstenorsaxplayer mstenorsaxplayer 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 17

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    Does anyone here have or know somone with schizophrenia who doesn't hallucinate at all except for maybe smells? Or you just hallucinate very little. I dont seem to find many people...
    Ifeeluberish Ifeeluberish 18-21, M 1 Response Feb 23

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    It runs in my family, my aunt is one of the people who have it, who is alive right now. I've so far been diagnosed with depression, ADD. Before i got "investigated" for ADD, my...
    EverythingAndAnything EverythingAndAnything 18-21, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    FOR ME. I've written a book, it's about my experiences both ill and well. It also explains the fundamentals of the illness, what schizophrenia is and what it isn't. I intend on...
    cavedweller2 cavedweller2 36-40, F 4 days ago

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     Let's talk about listening. Active listening. Consider these questions:What is the difference between hearing and listening? What are the different kinds of listening...
    1alwaysdreaming 1alwaysdreaming 18-21, F 17 Responses 1 day ago

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    When we were children going through the two year old phase of asking "why" did we really leave that time period of asking why I find myself always asking why this and why that...
    Alicehath Alicehath 56-60, F Feb 8

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    I'm trying to understand him. And I think I'm starting to understand. He seems pretty guarded himself. But I can tell when he looks at me he has admiration and love in his eyes...
    HigherCalling HigherCalling 26-30, F Feb 3

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    Don’t waste your time… you will not understand women.. Because women do not understand themselves
    KA1977 KA1977 36-40, M 1 Response Feb 10

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    Men say it's so hard to understand women. Is it?Most likely, women rant when they are mad or they eitherignore you if the pain is really excruciating, for if a man really cares, he...
    4BlackForest 4BlackForest 36-40, F 14 Responses Feb 20

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    Maybe,., If we are putting less emphasis on how we see our relationship And instead be more accepting and understanding Of how our partner sees things The world according to them...
    Eir89 Eir89 36-40, F 3 Responses Feb 20

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    I developed an understanding: I can't manage or deal with people. I'm not a people person. I shelter myself. What is fine in my mind could be offensive or hurtful to someone else...
    simmerdame simmerdame 16-17, F Feb 22

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    Like wut? I think I just lost half my brain cells by reading an article that praised misogynists. "Leave her if she gets fat!" "Make sure she's sexually available to you at all...
    AjLeePunk AjLeePunk 22-25, F a week ago

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    Today, I was censored twice by EP. I do understand and respect their rules. Although I've seen far worse on here than I had written. I am very proud of what I write. I am very...
    RedTearsFall RedTearsFall 31-35, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    My mom is a great person, and I know she loves me and cares about me a lot, but sometimes she can be so unreasonable and I feel like she doesn't understand me. I study abroad, and...
    RH17 RH17 18-21, F 1 Response 16 hrs ago

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    All of my life, I have always known there would be someone to understand me, now I get judgement for my past choices, out of all my sister's it's me, that gets judged on. I have...
    miracle3054 miracle3054 31-35, F Feb 8

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    I wish I had a friend who understands me.
    melXlo melXlo 22-25, F Feb 9

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    I DONT UNDERSTAND !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    monatonie monatonie 22-25, F 2 Responses Feb 11

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    I think I understand them perfectly well actually. They want it all, without giving too much. They want every woman they take a liking to, but they want those women to only want...
    SpiritOfTheRabbit SpiritOfTheRabbit 31-35, F 19 Responses Feb 11

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    I understand that to be happy u need earn it , by practising positivity and learn enjoy simple things in life and like gods word says forgiveness of others is like forgiving...
    minniekoala minniekoala 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 11

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    I don't even understand myself sometimes. Wish a lot of things were different but they're not, I suck it up and try to get on with everything but no one seems to see my view on...
    DHggmu DHggmu 22-25, M 3 Responses Feb 12

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    i hate not being able to see anything positive, always negatives, never anything good; i cant understand why, i over analyse every situation, i think of possible events that may...
    E5RedViper E5RedViper 18-21, M Feb 12

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