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I Understand Schizophrenia

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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

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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 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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    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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    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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    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 1 Response Jun 2, 2011

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 3 days ago

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    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 1 Response Sep 17

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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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    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 7 hrs ago

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    People assume I'm a fan of Marilyn Monroe because my name is "Marilynn" yes spelled with two N's.. Idk why lol. My father and uncle gave me that name because they were fans. I'm...
    marilynnrox marilynnrox 18-21, F 2 Responses 5 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 Sep 16

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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 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 4 Responses 5 days ago

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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 Sep 17

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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 1 Response 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 6 days ago

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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 3 days ago

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    Heck, I don't even understand me.
    laurynnm43 laurynnm43 16-17, F 1 Response Sep 7

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    This is what I don't understand. Homophobia is a phobia, a fear. People don't see a gay, lesbian or bisexual and run away from them like some people would with arachnophobia. No...
    Stillnotbroken Stillnotbroken 16-17, F 2 Responses Sep 9

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    I hate when I need to explain why I am sad. God bless those people who try to put themselves into your shoes and they just understand and never judge you. I hope there are people...
    Spencer024 Spencer024 22-25, F Sep 10

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    He's here and sometimes not. I understand we all have jobs. But of course pls remember somebody's thinking of you. Adddddddmmmmmm
    Elleshore81 Elleshore81 31-35, F Sep 11

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    I don't know why it's happening to me or does it happen to Other ppl as much as it happens to me ,, I get misunderstood a lot , I find myself have to justify or explain what I...
    Serra84 Serra84 26-30, F 3 Responses Sep 11

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    Not everyone can understand me even though they are around me and close enough. Only family and one friend in crime can even though they live a million miles away from here. I don...
    Saya0414 Saya0414 26-30, F Sep 11

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    Honestly I don't understand why same sex marriage is banned in a lot of places... Do people realize that allowing it doesn't mean you have to be gay or lesbian... It makes other...
    ValhallaAwaits ValhallaAwaits 18-21, M Sep 12

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    I can't understand why too many guys have a crush on me and they find me soo attractive, cute or whatever because tbh sometimes I just hate myself >.> why why why xD
    XxxxMemoriesXxxx XxxxMemoriesXxxx 13-15, F 2 Responses Sep 12

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    I try to tell my friends what it's like to be depressed but unless they have been themselves they don't understand. It's just so hard to explain unless you've been there. I think...
    crookedteethteen crookedteethteen 13-15, F Sep 13

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    People add me and the friends are like woman with pictures of their bo00ody. And they just add me out of nowhere and I don't even know where did they find me from. And I don't...
    Artz4Life Artz4Life 16-17, F 2 Responses Sep 13

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    Heck, I don't even understand me!
    picses2222 picses2222 13-15, F 3 Responses Sep 13

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    Okay I understand it I just don't get the same call to arms to defend it. Perhaps if I was truly a Christian I would. By any means today I have youth group......and someone pointed...
    KateTheStraightedge KateTheStraightedge 16-17, F Sep 16

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    From my experience only, not saying at all that this always happens to every single men... It's funny how women get the reputation of "gossiping" with others. I never figured out...
    Eyedontgiveahoot Eyedontgiveahoot 36-40, F 4 Responses Sep 16

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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