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I Understand Schizophrenia

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 146 People

    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 1 Response Apr 7, 2013

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    compactnormal8 compactnormal8 22-25, F Jun 2, 2015

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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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 26-30, M Jan 23, 2014

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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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    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 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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    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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    Related Experiences

    Everyday there is something new happening in your life.I always wake up from the sunlight that appears on my face.New beginning new day .Facing reality always hurt but if you hide...
    Senaya Senaya 16-17, F 1 Response 9 hrs ago

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    Not just a male... no one. It seems lately to me if as a woman if you arent an idiot and an ******* your essence is totally invisible.
    SultrySunflower7 SultrySunflower7 41-45, F 1 Response 12 hrs ago

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    I swear this guy at school dislikes me. So much fun. .__. I tried to befriend him, but I'm guessing I more creep him out. Heh. He doesn't want to befriend me. He'd rather only be...
    Lolinondoda Lolinondoda 18-21, F 2 Responses 15 hrs ago

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    I mean, whenever I have hung out with male friends casually, most of them gawk at a good looking female, or they point fingers and say 'i would fu ck her' .... seems pointless to...
    Ayunir Ayunir 22-25, M 18 hrs ago

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    i basically had no parents at all. my mother was paranoid schizophrenic and had never married, my father was selfishly pursuing his drug addiction, and my sister and i often lived...
    shimmeringrose shimmeringrose 36-40, F 1 Response 20 hrs ago

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    I really do not understand cheating either as I have been happy with the same beautiful lady for the past 21 years. I have not had any urges to find another or have more than one...
    cpguy cpguy 46-50, M 1 day ago

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    5am here on this paradise of an island. I'm supposed to be sleeping but N hasnt been sleeping well.. Keep waking up every hour or so. But anyway, not why i'm making this entry...
    bellabong bellabong 26-30, F 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    I'd like to thank my therapist for suggesting that I should close my credit cards. I'm so impulsive and so shallow minded, that closing my 2 credit cards did not enter or even...
    ONESTARRYSTARRYNIGHT ONESTARRYSTARRYNIGHT 26-30, F 2 days ago

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    introvert depression anxiety insomnia highly sensitive person isolated withdrawn trust issues low self esteem bereavement I am a little hard to understand at times. I believe...
    MysteryManInHat MysteryManInHat 56-60, M 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    this. is probably the single most difficult thing i have experienced in my life. how are you suppose to look after some one who isnt the same person any more. my mother is "due to...
    CassieSamuel CassieSamuel 22-25, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    You know it hurts when you try to befriend someone and help them out, they block you with no reason or question... w/e though right?...well not right, it makes you not want to help...
    DarkKnightRanger DarkKnightRanger 26-30, M 4 Responses 3 days ago

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    Life and it's experiences. People , places, things have helped me get to know myself, understand myself.
    Treasure7 Treasure7 41-45, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    About three years ago, I was diagnosed with Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Even before the diagnosis, I felt that something was severely off with my emotional demographic...
    Lentocrates778 Lentocrates778 22-25, F 4 days ago

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    I think most should understand that many like me are not for dating.Honestly,I may be tempted into something I am not here for.But I prefer to form my connections here based on...
    whitesunshine87 whitesunshine87 51-55, F 5 Responses 6 days ago

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    the name here says it all.... I watch it cause my dad do. but I don't understand all them nice looking guys fighting over one ball. Good grief go to Walmart and buy one. but my dad...
    jtlittlebit jtlittlebit 13-15, F 6 days ago

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    I grew up with my step father being schizophrenic. and I can say its not easy being around someone who has this illness. I developed bipolar at age 17 and have been dealing with...
    kparker33 kparker33 22-25, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    I do not understand why some people have an issue when someone reads there posts and comments on them. I do not understand why they have a neg reaction to being considered...
    RisingPhoenix54 RisingPhoenix54 56-60 3 Responses a week ago

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    Just had seen a friend in a hospital yesterday this person just had their 30 th mental break down its nothing new but this person always seems to stop taking their medications as...
    Bella70 Bella70 41-45, F 3 Responses a week ago

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    I have always been a very feminine girl and I never have had the desire to do what many people would consider to be "boy" things like picking up frogs and playing sports. Please...
    veryfemininegirl veryfemininegirl 13-15, F 3 Responses a week ago

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    I remember the first time she spoke to me, didn't say much, but it was the best thing anyone had ever said to me. It was my d-day, what started all of the time spent in the ER and...
    ouroboros0 ouroboros0 18-21, M Jan 28

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    I will always try to see your perspective of ANY situation....that will never change. I don't always have to agree with it, but I will always seek to understand and will RESPECT...
    smilestoenjoy10 smilestoenjoy10 46-50, M Jan 27

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    im so open to everything being possibly not what it seems like/ reality might being not what my perspective is/ reality might not being what your perspective is/ change/ constance...
    toughbaby toughbaby 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 26

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    Any fool can know. The point is to understand. Albert Einstein
    Pariah1984 Pariah1984 31-35, F 4 Responses Jan 24

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    After I told a man I liked him, he did not text me any more. Although he said we could stay friends, we are not friends at all. I could be friend with him and talk to him. I do...
    fitwealth fitwealth 26-30, F Jan 24

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    Sometimes even the simplest things I may not understand. For the most part I usually just say I don't understand or ask to be shown. Even if it may be awkward & claim to have a...
    tiger3cub8 tiger3cub8 46-50, M Jan 23

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    how come some people call you love if you arnt a couple? or at least in love. some things escape my understanding lol
    DeathAngelS300 DeathAngelS300 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 23