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I Understand Schizophrenia

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    My brother and mother were diagnosed with schizophrenia at about the same time when I was around 9. I don't remember much from that time but I miss them. I wish I could have my...
    sighted sighted 22-25, M Sep 27

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    I got diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia in 1980 when I was 19 years old. I have got treated with medication, therapy, vocational programs. and multiple hospitalizations. I...
    555calif 555calif 51-55, M 3 Responses Oct 11

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    I am trying to understand the differences between the rest of the world and me. I am told that I am crazy and to just take my Invega. Why am I crazy? I'm right. Prove me wrong one...
    SecNotSure SecNotSure 31-35, M 2 Responses Oct 5

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    It is amazing that this time last year I was just getting released from a mental hospital. Now, I am at school and staying busy. I have classes all day, then work, and rugby...
    mstenorsaxplayer mstenorsaxplayer 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 9

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    I heard somewhere that schizophrenia and Tourette's is seen as demonic possession in religion.... Well. My boyfriend has Tourette's and I'm schizophrenic. I guess we're one...
    Shadowgirll Shadowgirll 13-15, F 1 Response Oct 12

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    Its getting out of hand... it is ruining my life! I have found two quotes which represent how I am feeling “I didn’t know how to communicate my suffering to anyone else. My...
    achorusgirl achorusgirl 18-21, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    I was watching the walking dead with my roommate and suitemate. It was the first episode when he is staying with the black man and his son. That night the mother returns to her...
    mstenorsaxplayer mstenorsaxplayer 18-21, F 20 hrs ago

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    Every time I go out I look around and I don't understand anything x there is a dog struggling to walk cos the owner doesn't love him , and kids want to throw stones at him but a...
    lolacocacola lolacocacola 18-21, F 4 hrs ago

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    I really don't understand why some people say Feminists are a bunch of angry lesbians. I heard it quite often. I mean, I am hot headed but I am no lesbian. I just happened to...
    ChanelLove12 ChanelLove12 70+, F 1 hr ago

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    I don't understand how the world works, it has become the place for those who plays the game without rules, for those who believe in competition, for those who can tear to the top...
    Moon95 Moon95 18-21, F Oct 4

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    I understand life. I understand my life... I don't understand people trying to understand life and then tell other people they know how it is...
    ValhallaAwaits ValhallaAwaits 18-21, M Oct 8

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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 Sep 21

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    I was raised by my grandparents who were born in the 30s and had it hard. They raised me in a way in the environment they knew and grew up in. (Not exactly carbon copy but a lot of...
    Gypsydanger48 Gypsydanger48 31-35, F 5 Responses Sep 25

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    I totally get that people won't fully 100% understand each other ever. even if they say that they "understand what you're going through completely." but no you don't. what you...
    ashbomb ashbomb 13-15, F Oct 6

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    Once again it says LIFE it's greatest moments half of the time are unexpected and I really just don't understand that just like I don't understand why god would make us have to...
    livelovehopefree livelovehopefree 13-15, F 1 Response Oct 9

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    I don't think anyone is hard to understand. I understand people in my own way. As for me. I don't need people to understand me... Screw them.
    ValhallaAwaits ValhallaAwaits 18-21, M Oct 11

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    Everyone always says to do what will make you happy. But I don't really know how to be happy. I guess to understand why I'm not happy I would first need to understand happiness...
    SlothQueen SlothQueen 16-17, F 1 Response Oct 13

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    I think one does not truly understand a woman until one has had a daughter and watched her grow up and interacted with her and especially looked into her eyes and seen and...
    wombat456 wombat456 41-45, M 1 Response 1 day 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 Sep 21

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    Well actually, I don't need to wonder. I know that most people don't "get" or understand me. I don't follow the crowd, or popular opinion. I have an atypical personality and value...
    loveland loveland 41-45, M 2 Responses Sep 22

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    I must be difficult to understand if I don't even understand myself.
    wedgieshurtalot wedgieshurtalot 16-17, F 1 Response Sep 25

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    Sometimes, I really don't understand my bf. Let me give a recount of what happened last night. It made me really angry. And I mean REALLY angry. Honestly I can say that he acted...
    pensivepaws pensivepaws 26-30, F 2 Responses Sep 28

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    Hello. My name is Jacob and a while ago, I created an interconnecting system of understanding people and using that understanding to help others. A little over two months ago, I...
    MarimbaJake MarimbaJake 16-17, M Oct 1

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    I want to meet someone who understands what it feels like to be living a "good" life so to speak (middle class I guess) despite having lived through poverty, family drug abuse...
    brockblack brockblack 22-25, M 1 Response Oct 8

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    I am difficult to understand because of my thought processes and believe me when I say they are not normal lol my way of thinking about thing and the way I compute them to most is...
    ultimatehacker ultimatehacker 26-30, M 1 Response Oct 10

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    I don't understand when someone tells me "I don't need them, I have you." Then things happen and you do need them. Or "I don't want (enter specific thing here) From anyone else...
    Raptax231 Raptax231 18-21, M Oct 13

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    I don't understand people and probably never will. Yes I like you am part of the human race, but I am different. I do not think like your average person. I don't understand...
    ultimatehacker ultimatehacker 26-30, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I just don't understand how can someone put my cousin down even when she's in hormonal stage with pregnancy and everything harassing her then her own fiancé and his mother kicks...
    Squigglesxo Squigglesxo 13-15, F 3 days ago

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    I don't understand why I have to go through this difficult path. Being homosexual sucks and I just don't know what to do. I wish there was some sort of cure, or at least some sort...
    anuncommonguy anuncommonguy 16-17, M 1 day ago

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    Just another day playing on Xbox and I was bored so I sent out a message to all friends saying "I'm bored." and this girl wanted me to play some bo2 zombies I joined her party with...
    DHurd283 DHurd283 18-21, M Sep 21

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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 1 Response Sep 22

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    Of course I chose the word "understand my sexuality" which sounds much more liberating than "labelling my sexuality"... *** Let me begin by saying what is real is that my life...
    Ariane85 Ariane85 26-30, F 1 Response Sep 23

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