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I Understand Schizophrenia

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 127 People

    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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    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 1 Response Jun 2, 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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    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

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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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    on exams and studying.

    ... How can a schizophrenic study, alot of people might think.If a schizophrenic could tell the difference between reality and what he thinks is reality, then studying would be easy. In fact, it seems as though some one who can study doesnt seem to have any thing more than...
    ShybutSweetGirl ShybutSweetGirl 31-35, F 2 Responses Mar 3

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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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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

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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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    I had Schizophrenia, when I was 19, I remember the wicked voices in my head, and the lack of sleep, and the reading about how there was no cure, I spent my time fighting for my...
    Jesusfoundme Jesusfoundme 31-35, F 3 Responses Aug 15

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    I am in love with a man who has Schizophrenia.We have dated on and off for 1 to 2 years. We have known each other for about 3. But for the last year he dose not take his meds. It...
    tricerich tricerich 41-45, F Aug 8

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    I wish I didn't. I've heard voices, been hallucinating and everything since I was ten years old. I'm currently 16. Have been living some hours with that fact, that I have paranoid...
    schizophrenicdeer schizophrenicdeer 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 13

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    In most cases, Schizophrenia doesn't begin to affect someone's life until they are young adults. However, it has been brought to my attention that the early warning signs can begin...
    Plutonianbabe Plutonianbabe 16-17, F Aug 16

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    And I just finished my last group sessions so im out in the real world and looking for friends who also have schizophrenia to relate to
    vasquezd2 vasquezd2 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 19

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    I always figured I was pretty normal growing up, after all how could I know what life was like for others. I knew I was sad a lot and did not know why I was so dang sad all the...
    Brumble Brumble 26-30, M 6 days ago

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    it started in junior year of high school. then got way worse when i started college in Philadelphia. I was having visual hallucinations/delusions about God and how he hated me so...
    vasquezd2 vasquezd2 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 14

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    At some point I would like more real, genuine relationships with other women. But I have some problems that prevent me from understanding what other women do with their lives. I'm...
    britannagis britannagis 31-35, F Jul 31

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    Not sure if others find it difficult to understand me coz no one really said this to me. However, I find it difficult to understand myself at times coz I really do not know what I...
    uselessguy uselessguy 36-40, M Aug 13

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    I nearly killed myself today. I even wrote a letter. Guess not. I just want to be normal. I don't want to be a 13 year old called an attention seeker. It was by accident when I was...
    leej15 leej15 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 6

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    I don't understand why! I'm still trying to understand this life and they keep saying life is not fair. I know it not make any sense.
    colonaileen colonaileen 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 1

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    People don’t understand. That’s what I use to tell myself everyday. Maybe it was true. I fought and cried and yelled and it wasn’t much use in the end. My mother would hold...
    UnusualAngel UnusualAngel 18-21, F Aug 2

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    I had a best friend since I was in 4th grade, I am now 26 years old. We have had our times where we were so close and then life happened and we grew apart. That part I can...
    thelightbehindyoureyes thelightbehindyoureyes 26-30, F Aug 4

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    I understand my self. To my family who thinks they do, you don't. I helped myself getting out of depression, sleeplessness night, headaches that aren't headaches and anxiety...
    IdioticBear IdioticBear 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 6

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    So let's start off with high school, my age, and this story that I can't perceive on. I'm now a sophomore and 15, female. It all began on a summer of my freshmen year. It was a...
    emoandlolo1 emoandlolo1 13-15, F Aug 10

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    I don't understand why nobody can see how ugly the world has become. People judging others based on sex, race, religion, ect. Does nobody else see how wrong that is? We only have...
    PuckDrop PuckDrop 18-21, M 1 Response Aug 11

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    Meljbr26d Meljbr26d 31-35, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I completely understand how some may not want to be around anymore as in suicidal. But I don't understand how one can go about threatening others with their own life sooooo many...
    angelicahcah angelicahcah 18-21, F 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    Yes, I am different, crazy, weird, and random. But nobody really takes the time to get to know me. Compared to everyone else I feel so different. I'm considered "emo" suicidal and...
    TheNeeded TheNeeded 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 29

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    I don't understand why people feel the need to fish for comments on here? Is your self esteem so low that you honestly need people to validate if you're good looking or not? Am I...
    DeniseMarie72 DeniseMarie72 41-45, F 5 Responses Jul 31

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    It's not "sometimes". It's "almost always". My coworkers, my "friends", acquaintances etc they are all the same. Yes, I can cohabitate with them, I can tell jokes, we share...
    Uselessflesh Uselessflesh 22-25, M 5 Responses Aug 2

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    I'm confused, depressed and happy. All at once. I'm at my beach house with my family, grandmother and my favorite Uncle. However, my Uncle is sometimes mean to me in ways I don't...
    DrewbyDoo DrewbyDoo 16-17, M 1 Response Aug 3

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    This is the closest topic I could find for this post, but I still am finding this hard to grasp after 3 years. I know being only 17 y'all are gonna critique my age, but I was in a...
    Lipsofanangel976 Lipsofanangel976 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 4

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    I don't understand why people get mad when I call them anti choice. If you're telling women abortion is gone but are holding a dead animal, promoting the war and saying people...
    BOJ1988 BOJ1988 26-30, F Aug 4

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    It's a very confusing world we live in, though some people would like to believe it can be simplified. There's a lot of chemical reactions and in reality things aren't quite as...
    sugaranspice sugaranspice 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 5

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    So apparently I called my classmate a "dudebro" through text. He texted my best friend and asked him if he could understand my "language." I told him that "dudebro" was just a male...
    Dapperness Dapperness 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 5

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    To all those who have hurt me, It is beyond your understanding to comprehend how much I hate you. Your brain simply lacks the capacity to contain the words I have saved for you...
    TheSmartestManOnEarth TheSmartestManOnEarth 16-17, M 1 Response Aug 7

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    I honestly don't understand love anymore, maybe I'm just young for it right now, but with the experiences I've had, I wasn't so happy with it... at one point I was happy while I...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Aug 7

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    Lol. Lmao. Psychology barely understands us. But they con and grift and gain power. So many of the followers lie for profit. No cures are made. Some see a cure...
    Livyn4pals Livyn4pals 46-50, M 2 Responses Aug 7

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    I don't understand when people ask for help and then just don't accept it. Make up your mind and know what you want. Either you want help or you don't. If you want someone to help...
    idontmindtherain idontmindtherain 18-21, M Aug 7

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