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I Understand Schizophrenia

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 128 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    If you look closely in the background U can clearly see an orange apparition.  I used that application Perfect 360 on my face and I cant find the original but its there in...
    TrannyCandyTGirlPrincess TrannyCandyTGirlPrincess 26-30, T 1 Response Sep 8

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    Oh To See Her Smile~~~When I was 10 I became aware that my mom wasn't like the other mothers. She had to "go away" many times. Mom had schizophrenia, complete with auditory...
    Kathieredart Kathieredart 56-60, F 9 Responses Sep 9

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    As a small child, I remember hearing voices saying, "touch the hot stove. spill the boiling water on your mother." I remember how loud they were. There were only 2. By the time I...
    mstenorsaxplayer mstenorsaxplayer 18-21, F 4 days ago

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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 Aug 23

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    My mom was never truly diagnosed with schizophrenia but I know she has it. She took me out of school in 3rd grade, in the middle of the school year and started homeschooling me...
    Laurenp6 Laurenp6 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 8

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    I was born with a male body and even I don't understand them. Don't really want to, either.
    KatieTreat KatieTreat 51-55, T 2 Responses 12 hrs ago

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    I don't just feel like no one understands me, I know that no one understands me. It's so hard being in this family, in this school, in this world. My family invalidates my feelings...
    secretlyfelix secretlyfelix 18-21 5 days ago

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    I'm a sociopath....and it's hard for me to love others , I don't understand when they cry or why there sad or what I did that hurt them but they all seem to run away....I don't...
    TimelordArceus TimelordArceus 16-17, F 2 Responses Sep 1

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    I therefore conclude that NOBODY understands me... NOT A SINGLE PERSON WILL EVER UNDERSTAND ME. That's how I am to them. A NOBODY.
    Misaki7590 Misaki7590 16-17, F 4 Responses Sep 10

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    I've struggled. I've been depressed. I've been through counseling. I've moved to a new city and attended a new school. I've struggled some more. Got new friends and support from...
    artelutio artelutio 16-17, F 18 hrs ago

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    Meljbr26d Meljbr26d 31-35, M 1 Response Aug 25

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    The most frustrating thing ever is trying to explain or express what you're going through to someone whose never been through it, they always seem to belittle the situation or make...
    Dauntlesssmile Dauntlesssmile 18-21, F Aug 30

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    I always try and understand people, and I'm not judgemental at least I have always made a conscious effort not to be. If you want a chit chat and I'm free I will happily talk to...
    XoxJazzyxox XoxJazzyxox 22-25, F Sep 3

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    I understand my parents have lived longer than I have. But some things I do are just part of who I am. I hate the hypocrisy and lies. So I can't listen to secular music, but you...
    cardigandragon cardigandragon 16-17, F 2 Responses Sep 3

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    Sometimes it bewilders me, how people intentionally want to make you feel stupid or mock you, despite asking a legit question. I understand there is an entertainment factor, but...
    EstuaryRivers EstuaryRivers 26-30, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    I don't understand. Like I just don't bloody understand. I can talk to perfect strangers without any hesitation. I can talk to anybody here without the slightest regard of self...
    heylookineededanameok heylookineededanameok 22-25, M 1 Response 1 day ago

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    I don't understand why people play mind games towards someone that cares alot about them
    Fabgal1 Fabgal1 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 22

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    Ever felt you need someone to listen and talk to ! But once someone does , you think why bother having to explain .. They don't know me or won't get/ understand me!! Always pushing...
    Brokenwing88 Brokenwing88 22-25, F 3 Responses Aug 22

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    Do you ever experience , something you know what really happened , something that you understand why it happened , but something that when your mind try's to really grasp it , it...
    DrackenP DrackenP 18-21, M 1 Response Aug 23

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    It has never happened to me- I have never fallen in love. I have been attracted to some girls and they turned out be minor crushes, but I never pursued those interests. I always...
    TheAverageIdiot TheAverageIdiot 16-17, M Aug 23

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    I don't understand people who can't seem to realize just how serious war really is and that the soldiers have to do what they do to survive and to protect others not because they...
    rottenroses rottenroses 16-17, F Aug 24

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    I don't understand why some people make really bad decisions! Like things that they damn well know is wrong and endangers their life or others around them. Why would someone want...
    OliviaOcean OliviaOcean 18-21, F Aug 25

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    I feel like when I really think about it I do.... I understand many people more than they do themselves, but I can't connect with people. It's like my beliefs and actions are too...
    RjMommy245 RjMommy245 22-25, F Aug 25

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    I know I'm heard. That I've never questioned. What I don't understand is why my nightly prayer never is answered. Someday it will be answered, though. With each passing day, it...
    Jpeavey Jpeavey 41-45, M 2 Responses Aug 26

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    lik sometimes i just get in these moods where i feel like. i just wanna go crawl in a cave and stay there until the end of time. its like i dont wanna face this world. im tired of...
    SadisticBitch SadisticBitch 31-35, F Aug 27

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     Sometimes i feel like i just don't belong here , like i came from Mars and they forgot to kick me out . On Earth i learnt so much , i learnt that you might crack and you...
    AdventureHunter AdventureHunter 13-15, F Aug 27

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    I wish they could understand that just a 6 minute phone call would have made the world of difference to me. That's all it takes, just to hear that voice. Even if it's only for a...
    Saram1985 Saram1985 26-30, F Aug 27

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    I asked her calmly and politely if she could please not leave a bunch of clutter on the kitchen counters. Usually I just ignore it and end up cleaning it all up myself, but I'm...
    noodleloaf noodleloaf 36-40, M 1 Response Aug 28

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    You can never understand a girl. Its really very complicated. Its the universal law. If you ask a girl for something they think we are Despo and If we didn't ask anything they...
    MarinerGuy MarinerGuy 22-25, M 8 Responses Aug 28

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    I don't understand. I just came back home from my best friend's wedding and guess what? I cried my eyes out and was very upset and miserable, despite the fact that I had great fun...
    PersonInCrisis PersonInCrisis 31-35, F 2 Responses Aug 28

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    People nowadays are hard to understand. I feel confused in such ways that they make things into bigger misunderstanding. I just need someone to let me realize this things.
    xDebater xDebater 16-17, F Aug 29

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    I find myself thinking and dreaming of all the things I could do in this world. The problem is, my mind starts to wonder of all the things that could go wrong. How can I want...
    GetYourFreakOn GetYourFreakOn 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 29