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Archives for February, 2015

Daily Living

Why It’s Important to Face Awkward Situations

I was propelled into a situation recently where my integrity was attacked.

I asked a girl out who had no interest in me. I knew that.

Yes I overstepped my normally very solid bounds to do something I regret doing but what I did was vastly innocuous compared to the retaliation.

After the fact, I tried to friend her on Facebook and discovered that she had blocked me. Suffice it to say, I felt like a creep. ...
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Coping Skills

What To Do When You Feel Stuck

I know what it’s like to feel stuck. When I was first diagnosed with schizophrenia I felt like I was a waste of space, I felt like I wasn’t doing anything with my life and I felt like I couldn’t get anywhere because of my illness.

Then I remembered that I enjoy writing. Within a couple of years I had written a book about my experiences. Then there were years where I couldn’t seem to...
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Coping Skills

How To Be Content

I got a good sleep last night, that may be one of the keys to contentment but I’m not sure. I know it helps.

It seems like a lot of people are looking for happiness though, they’re looking for a feeling of peace in their chest and a mind that’s free of clutter.

Is that happiness though? Is that what happiness looks like? I imagine happiness to be sort of a manic state where you’re trying...
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Coping Skills

The Bite of Paranoia

I’m pretty normal, for a person with schizophrenia that is.

I’ve said many times before that you wouldn’t know I have a mental illness if I didn’t tell you and that’s because of years of social practice and self-therapy, ultimately in an attempt to reclaim the personality I thought I lost during my first major psychotic episode.

I function fine, I can go out in public, do the things I do and for the most...
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Coping Skills

The Struggle of Making a Living with Schizophrenia

It’s an all too common fact that a good majority of homeless people have some kind of mental illness. Whether it’s diagnosed or not there’s a good chance that the reason they’re on the street is because they can’t hack living in today’s society.

The economy is hard for everyone but it’s even harder for a young person with schizophrenia.

A lot of the time, jobs are impossible because of the severity of a person’s symptoms....
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Coping Skills

Why It’s Good to Be Stable

I’ve been living with schizophrenia for almost nine years now and I’ve been privy to many moments of exasperation. I know what it’s like to feel so overwhelmed by the things in your head that you project them onto the world around you.

The paranoia in particular can make it feel like nobody’s listening to you, or even worse, that instead of listening, they’re persecuting you.

I’m no stranger to feeling like you just want to...
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