I've just signed up at Experience Project last Monday and I want to share my story with you.
In 2006, I've been diagnosed with bipolar disorder by my first psychiatrist although, when I researched about schizoaffective disorder, I felt that I had a misdiagnosis even if the medication for both illnesses are the same. Anyway, I've been under medication for more than 3 years now and so far, I've been okay. I was able to work from home after a few months into my medication and I've even been able to financially support my parents.
I've attempted many times to apply for work in an office but I feel scared about the possibility of having a relapse. I've already talked about this with my current shrink and her solution for this was to increase my mood stabilizer and anti-psychosis medication. I don't know if that would work but I'm crossing my fingers.
Also, although my family have witnessed how I was when I have first gotten sick, I feel that they are still in denial and they chose to just completely ignore it. It's painful on my part because I was expecting them to be the first ones to really understand how I feel, what I've been through and how I'm coping right now. But I guess it is difficult on their part because they haven't experienced it themselves. And this is why I have joined this forum. I'm hoping that through this, I would be able to meet people who really understand about psychological illness, get their advice and also dispense some of mine.
Btw, does anyone here who has schizoaffective disorder but is able to work in an office? How do you cope while you work? Also, what tips can you give to make your family understand your illness?