- Not to experience psychosis. Psychosis can be terrifying, and debilitating. Having an episode of psychosis negatively impacts every area of my life.
- To have a minimum amount of symptoms on a daily basis. No day is symptom-free for me, but some days I experience fewer symptoms than others.
- No need for a medication change. Medication changes can be scary and can bring on unfamiliar side effects. I hope that my medication keeps working without causing any health problems.
- My health doesn’t deteriorate by gaining a lot of excess weight, seeing my cholesterol jump over the healthy limit or becoming pre-diabetic (all of these are health risks from many of the popular antipsychotics ).
- No more loss of motivation. Some people with schizophrenia struggle with motivation and I find that I suffer from this symptom more and more with age.
- To halt my desire to socially isolate. Lacking the motivation to engage socially seems to be a symptom that gets worse for me as I age.
- To have the same doctor for a very long time. Changing doctors is extremely traumatic for me, and I want to keep the one I have for as long as possible.
- For there to be more understanding of schizophrenia and an end to the stigma.
- For someone to find a cure for schizophrenia.
- To find something to laugh about every day.
And you, what are your hopes?
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Ten Things I Hope For As Someone Who Has Schizophrenia