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[QUOTE=Sophia85]Hi everyone,

I just stumbled across this board and I thought I would post because I'm desperately seeking support. I was just diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder a few weeks ago. I feel like my life is over. I'm not sure where to go from here. So then I got really suicidal and spent a week in the psych unit. I guess I'm hoping that someone out there can tell me that they are living a semi normal and productive life with this disease.

Shana Sophia[/QUOTE]


I wanted to offer my support. I haven't been diagnosed with schizophrenia (yet); I have, however, been suffering from auditory hallucinations and depression for quite awhile, and am about to be put on antipsychotic medication. I can really empathise with what you wrote. I never in my wildest dreams envisaged my life turning out like this. I know at this stage that things must be terribly tough and almost impossibly hard to come to terms with. I still can't believe that my life has come to this -- that I'm hearing voices and am gonna have to take psychiatric medicine. Nevertheless, these sorts of conditions are treatable -- the people on this board (who are very kind and supportive) can testify to that. I think you've got to be kind to yourself and give yourself a lot of time to come to terms with things. It goes without saying that developing a disorder like schizophrenia is a terrible, terrible shock; it's something that afflicts other people, not something that afflicts people like us. But schizophrenia's doesn't discriminate. I think the most important thing to do is to educate yourself about mental illness. Know exactly what your dealing with. Don't remain in the dark. I think that the less you know about schizophrenia, the more scary it is. When I first started hearing things I was absolutely terrified; I thought my life was over for sure -- that I was going to be locked away and that everyone was going to forget about me. But my life didn't end. I found a very supportive p-doc and gradually educated myself (as best I could) about mental illness. Remember that schizophrenia is treatable, that you can get your life back --although it might take a long time.

I know this reply has been garbled, but I hope it helped a little bit. It's difficult to know what to say in these situations, other than "hang in there -- it is possible to get better." And remember, you not alone; there are others out there who are dealing with this sort of stuff -- myself included. I'll be thinking of you. Hang in there and I sincerely hope things improve for you soon.



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