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How I Overcame Schizophrenia :)

Hi

I was looking on the internet looking for somewhere to post my life story of how I beat Schizophrenia. And I found this site smiley I want
to help people with Schizophrenia who aren't as well as me and to help them see that it can be beaten.

I got Schizophrenia at age 14 my name is Jen, I was at school studying 10 GCSE's and expected to get A's in all of them. I was bright.
But at age 14 I had to leave cause I started hearing voices and hallucinating, this was 9 years ago, I'm 23 now. I was 15 when I was diagnosed
with Schizophrenia. and I never managed to take my GCSE's cause I was so ill.

But then I met a wonderful Occupational therapist/cpn who helped me immensely. I was unable to socialize I was completely out of touch with reality
until she came along and I joined an art course when I was 16 and did an English GCSE when I was 17 and got a B grade.

I am on the right medication for me now i'm 23 and at 22 I was actually discharged from the Mental Health service. I have loads of friends and go out almost every weekend, I'm bubbly, friendly and chatty and feel myself again.
I have a boyfriend who I have been with 6 months, I have a part time job and I'm currently getting a children's book published.

I think that getting on the right medication is important but what is more important is belief in yourself, everyone is special and capable of anything. If
I can do it from getting Schizophrenia at age 14 then anyone can beat this, I think communication is key and keeping busy and most important of all
love others and keep going. Even if it takes you years to get better.

I wish you all the best and I hope this has been at all interesting or inspirational to you smiley
Take care

Jen x
v2rsz8qz0n v2rsz8qz0n 22-25 3 Responses May 31, 2010

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Congratulations, it's always good to hear a success story. I'm sure there is a lot more to your story but what you wrote is interesting. I was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia in 1980 at age 19. Typically if women become schizophrenic it is usually later in life; like in their middle to late twenties. While with men it is usually around their late teens early twenties. Of course though it is not common there are exceptions. The biggest inspiration for other people reading your story like other young teens with schizophrenia or parents with schizophrenic children is the fact that from what I've read more than a dozen or so times is that the later in life you become schizophrenic, the better your prognosis, so the fact you got it so early but made such a great recovery should give people hope. I find that having family support was almost the biggest factor in my recovery, though I couldn't have done anything without the right medication. Personally, I count myself a success story. After I was diagnosed I wasn't able to function for the next two years. I was bad off as people can get mentally but I consider myself lucky. After a 8 month stay in a locked psychiatric hospital I moved into a nice house for the mentally ill. After some small steps I got a job and that I stayed at for four years, took some college classes and have worked albeit part-time most of the last 28 years ( I'm now 49 ). I moved out of my last psychiatric facility in 1995 and have lived independently since. I own and drive my own car, I have been at my current job for a year and I am taking my second online college course. I have bad symptoms still but I guess my message is I hate to make myself look bad but I have acomplished what I have with very little confidence or self-esteem. I don't want to embarras myself or someone who is following my story , I'm just telling the facts and my point ois to inspire someone with what can be done with major impediments. It's hard to tell if someone in the early stages of their disease is going to do well in the future but there is hope. Thank you.

Loved reading your story Jen.Good work!

thank u so much you gave me hope:)