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I Understand Schizophrenia

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 133 People

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    My mother's cousin (I don't know what name that relation has -- second cousin? IDK :P) has schizophrenia. A little while ago, he got in a particularly nasty breakup with his...
    Boulier Boulier 18-21, F a week ago

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    My great aunts son has schizophrenia. He's such a nice person. Sadly he can't keep a job and has been in and out of institutions. I don't understand why but he is somewhat shunned...
    upupandaway24 upupandaway24 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 5

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    I was diagnosed with schizophrenia about 4 years ago. I've been having a lot of mental breakdowns lately. How do you guys deal with schizophrenia/ mental breakdowns?
    idlehandz56 idlehandz56 22-25, F 5 Responses Dec 27, 2014

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    My brother has catatonic schizophrenia. He was 16 when he was diagnosed. He had a catatonic episode- his body was shutting down and he was 2 hours away from slipping into a life...
    topsykrit topsykrit 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 25, 2014

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    Yeah I do, I was diagnosed with a mild form of schizophrenia several years ago. It's hard when in my real life I can't speak of it. I've tried many medications but have found I...
    burnout96 burnout96 16-17, F 4 Responses Dec 26, 2014

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    My mom has paranoid schizophrenia. She also has bipolar tendencies. But sometimes she also acts like a different person all together. I have DID and am scared that I might be...
    Thingsunseen Thingsunseen 22-25, F 3 Responses Dec 30, 2014

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    do you ever wish others to be schizophrenic for just 1 day or week? i do. so they could understand what it is we go through. so they would quit with their ignorant talk and quit...
    mstenorsaxplayer mstenorsaxplayer 18-21, F 6 Responses Dec 31, 2014

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    Part of the reason is because I am still young and don't fully understand myself. However, now that I have a toddler, school, work, my house and bf I have learned to open up and...
    RjMommy245 RjMommy245 22-25, F 2 Responses 8 hrs ago

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    Although I have a friend who always tell me that he understands me but Im not really sure that he really understands!! Actually I highly doubt anyone can understand me but I still...
    rainsnducks rainsnducks 18-21, F Jan 17

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    I honestly am failing to understand the people around me. I don't understand myself at times either, but I just want to talk about this. I was feeling like crap, and still am. My...
    simmerdame simmerdame 16-17, F Dec 27, 2014

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    When a person says, "I'm homesick," what most people hear is, "I miss my home." That's fair. That's what most people mean when they utter that phrase. But homesickness can mean so...
    FriendlyBryan FriendlyBryan 41-45, M 2 Responses Jan 3

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    I want to overcome my suffering. I want to understand it. I'm just going to write down my thoughts, my attempt to understand... The lie is that fulfillment of worldly desires will...
    RoyalCrystalPalace RoyalCrystalPalace 26-30, M 4 days ago

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    My boyfriend (technically fiance) just can't seem to understand what it's like to be a grown child of an alcoholic (or simply coming from a mentally abusive household). I've...
    Erealia Erealia 18-21, F Dec 28, 2014

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    I REALLY DONT UNDERSTAND ANYONE RIGHT NOW AND IN THE PAST! So I feel like this one person I somewhat talk to is the person I should talk to more but she's too much like me where...
    Mini42301 Mini42301 13-15, F Dec 30, 2014

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    how can people understand me when I don't even understand myself.
    EnjoyTheSilenceX EnjoyTheSilenceX 13-15, F Dec 31, 2014

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    Do you have a good idea about what a body needs? Many people out there are not sure. Your body needs many minerals and nutrients everyday.This article will help educate you to...
    waypuma73 waypuma73 31-35, M 1 Response Jan 3

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    It makes no sense at all to me why bad things happen to good people. Why should some people who don't steal, don't rape, don't kill, & don't harm society be punished in such a way...
    Alexmw460 Alexmw460 16-17, F Jan 9

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    There’s a video circulating of a 12-month-old girl playing with a hand gun, pointing it at her mouth at times and given such words of encouragement as “pow-pow”, “shoot...
    Rutterman Rutterman 36-40, M 4 Responses Jan 13

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    I have friends of all ages. Older than me, younger than me. The guys younger than me, they are always with a woman. They are in a relationship. Then they break up with one woman...
    Niko864 Niko864 41-45, M Jan 15

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    Homophobics. I really don't understand. Why are they afraid/disgust from us? I'm a Bi. I told my friends that i like both girls and boys. And they were like you are so gay. They...
    sexykashyap sexykashyap 16-17, M 1 Response Jan 17

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    I don't agree with this at all. To me, morality is all about acting in a way that is respectful and kind towards all people (both individually and collectively). A great part of...
    NamelessNomad NamelessNomad 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 17

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    I am depressed for 5-6 months now. I sleep a lot during the day, Im always late for school because I have difficulty getting up in the morning. I have no motivation, everything...
    jadzullaik3 jadzullaik3 18-21, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    Inside I'm crying, dying to ask why Were working for nothing from 9 to 5 I can feel the exhaustion wearing on me can't face the fact that - I am not free Freedom is a lie we...
    generationlover generationlover 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 25, 2014

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    When my bf asks what I want for a gift and I say " nothing big, maybe something romantic", why doesn't he understand? I like the keurig, not very romantic though...
    sparklestef sparklestef 22-25, F 8 Responses Dec 26, 2014

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    I have so much patience for stupidity of some people specially at work and on my personal life, and I can be very understanding too trust me, but everything has a limit and wen I...
    cristytina cristytina 26-30, F 3 Responses Dec 26, 2014

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    You would think that people who are savvy enough to use social media could understand that we are all different. Whats is up with the insults I've read toward supposed "perverts...
    Rokkystone Rokkystone 36-40, M Dec 27, 2014

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    I don't understand how people you love can build you up to feel amazing and tell you so many things on how your special, and then just bring you down like your nothing. Congrats...
    Brokenheart06 Brokenheart06 13-15, F Dec 29, 2014

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    How can a gal like a preppy boy more than a country boy? I don't understand. I had a preppy kid come over to my house and I told him to grab my splitter and pointed to my axes. He...
    IDontEvenKnowAnymore1 IDontEvenKnowAnymore1 13-15, M 1 Response Dec 29, 2014

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    I was randomly talking to my friend when my other friend came up to us and started talking trash about some girl that came out as a lesbian. I don't understand why it's so hard to...
    EstelleJen EstelleJen 13-15, F 1 Response Dec 30, 2014

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    Sometimes, I don't even understand myself!
    weirduo weirduo 13-15, F 2 Responses Jan 1

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    I was having a regular day till someone decided to get too close to me. He was carrying a small instrument. He wanted me to answer a question related to work. But it was sudden and...
    Thesystem Thesystem 22-25, F 3 Responses Jan 4

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    Certain people. I don't understand the ones that invite you over to their group, they chat with you and everything, and things go swell. And then the next day, ya see them and they...
    Cutiepeachpie Cutiepeachpie 18-21, F Jan 4

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