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I Understand Schizophrenia

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 136 People

    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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 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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    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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    Related Experiences

    So, me and this girl have been talking for a few weeks now, knew each other for longer. We really got close and she even came over on Monday. She would not stop kissing me the...
    TheMasterMan1 TheMasterMan1 16-17, M 2 Responses 10 hrs ago

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    they do something i call complexifying simplicity. when in reality they should be simplifying complexity. they take something easy and make it really hard when in reality it cold...
    dathglas dathglas 13-15, M 15 hrs ago

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    Paranoid schizophrenic. My aunt has been having increasingly worse delusions, especially since she retired. Since she is not a harm to herself or others, there's no requirement for...
    XlizrocksY XlizrocksY 22-25, F 1 day ago

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    which means I actually don't have it. ppl who have schizophrenia don't "think" they have it. They don't even know they have it! so, at least I can distinguish my paranoid delusions...
    StreetgirlnamedDesire504 StreetgirlnamedDesire504 36-40 2 days ago

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    No one will ever understand or will be able to fathom the pain that lurks inside. Everyone sees the desire that fly like swallows but no one sees deep down under how the heart...
    winterfall winterfall 36-40 2 days ago

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    So I'm starting to think I have schizophrenia. My sister recently told me that she thinks I have it and I just thought it was a joke (not trying to offend anyone I was just in...
    ChloeNicole96 ChloeNicole96 18-21, F 3 days ago

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    I don't understand why the things are really happening to me only.. Eventually I can't understand and obviously it makes me feel confused.
    Deepikha Deepikha 26-30, F 4 Responses 3 days ago

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    that is just it, ppl don't understand it, or they compare u to some misfit psycho killer they saw on TV, who was diagnosed with BPD.... seriously? I'm sick of getting a bad rap for...
    StreetgirlnamedDesire504 StreetgirlnamedDesire504 36-40 3 days ago

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    My sister-in-law and mother-in-law both have cancer. My sister-in-law has been diagnosed for a few months now and no one knows except her immediate family. The don't talk to anyone...
    ThisIsMe83 ThisIsMe83 31-35, F 4 days ago

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    I am usually a person who always wants to understand why things happen and until I understand I feel bad. And even sometimes after. I keep feeling like I can't handle when I make...
    Blueberrybliss Blueberrybliss 18-21, F 4 days ago

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    I see kids at school every day picking on other kids and being mean to them. Sometimes I just want to march right up to them and ask them what gives them the right to be so mean to...
    ericawalker ericawalker 13-15, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    I don't understand why we're all so unhappy. I'm 18 I shouldn't be stressed with life. 13 years olds shouldn't be wanting to tear their heart out over a break up. We have so much...
    Abcdefghijessy Abcdefghijessy 18-21, F 5 days ago

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    Poetry makes no sense to me at all. The only kind that may make sense to me is one in lay-man terms or something written by a child.😐😐😧 It's cool and all to write in...
    RealmRunner RealmRunner 22-25, F 5 days ago

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    Basically, my boyfriend left Sunday for bootcamp. He'll be gone for 3 months. I'm in need of a friend who understands to talk to; hopefully constantly. I just need someone. Help?
    seruhbear seruhbear 16-17, F 7 Responses 6 days ago

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    Is not just that I dont understand thrm/their (sometimes hateful) views, is even more that somehow I guess they grew up never having had to live with/deal with/etc. of someone who...
    CheetoX CheetoX 22-25, M 6 days ago

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    I just got back from a family vacation. My husband, children, mother in law, father in law and sister in law were all there. It was nice overall, but after spending that much time...
    kcyata kcyata 41-45, F a week ago

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    I try hard to find what people want from me But i can't understand what they need I explain them what i am capable of But they kick me out and pay no heed I bang my head in despair...
    FlexPaul FlexPaul 22-25, M 1 Response a week ago

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    There's nothing to understand about STUPID.
    Mossonarock Mossonarock 41-45, M a week ago

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    My mom has schizophrenia. She hasn't had an episode in about a year. But she refuses to get on her medicine. The time she last had one scared me. She was hurting herself and...
    recovering97 recovering97 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 26

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    nobody that I socialize with understand the pain I am going through they all tell me to stop crying cause he will be back...but don't understand the pain I'm going through rn... I...
    etrigo etrigo 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 25

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    Nobody in my life completely understands me. Not even my bf. I don't even think were meant to be together. where's the special connection? idk. I need my soulmate. I need my...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Aug 25

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    I'm pretty smart. Im pretty sensitive. Im pretty intuitive. And I understand that people change. But I don't understand how someone can talk to you practically every day for a...
    Polyamory55 Polyamory55 56-60, M 3 Responses Aug 25

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    I saw it recently and I thought it was pretty solid. honestly, the biggest worthwhile complaint I could fathom was that most of it doesn't actually take place in the Matrix...
    FluttershyLabeouf FluttershyLabeouf 18-21, M Aug 24

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    I was wondering how I survived those tiring days that arrived as I walk through my life. I can't help but cry while I remember the night when I was awake with all my might...
    trappedwings trappedwings 26-30, F Aug 24

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    I simply do not understand this world at all. People always have such a large amount of accusation's for everything you are or do. If you try to make a point, they call you silly...
    Delphi111 Delphi111 13-15, M Aug 23

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      Because I don't even understand myself sometimes. So much for self awareness. I guess there's more to discover or I'm just naive or sometimes I ignore why I do what I do...
    areYoureallyhere areYoureallyhere 22-25, F Aug 22

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