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Daily Living

I Wish I Could Relax: The Constancy of Paranoia

There’s a dude who goes to the coffee shop I go to everyday to write. He’s quiet, unassuming has a thick beard and keeps to himself. I admire him for the simple fact that he doesn’t seem to give a second thought about people. He just comes and goes, does his thing and doesn’t worry about the people around him.

Of course I don’t know if that’s the complete truth because I’ve never actually engaged...
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Coping Skills

Why It’s Good to Reconnect With Old Friends

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a lot of my old friends.

When you have a mental illness things can get in the way of hanging out with people. Whether it’s depression or anxiety or a ferocious grasp on stability or even the fact that the word ‘schizophrenia’ can scare a lot of people away, friends tend to fall by the wayside if you don’t make an effort to hang out with them.

I...
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Coping Skills

What to Do About The Feeling of Stagnancy

Discarded Bottles

I’ve been feeling a bit off. It’s not so much a serious thing as it is a malaise, a light blue period where I’m more content to lay down on my couch than I am to motivate myself to write.

There could be several reasons for this, from some recent personal and professional rejection I’ve faced to a buildup of the stagnancy of routine.

I’ve been here before, I know the feeling...
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Coping Skills

How To Be Resilient

I’ve been living with schizophrenia for about nine years now. In that time, I’ve been subject to intense crippling moments of depression, paranoia and delusions. There have been times when it’s gotten so bad I just about broke.

I’ve thought about killing myself more times than I can count and I’d be lying if I said it hasn’t been a struggle.

I know what it’s like to lie awake in bed at night, staring at the...
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Coping Skills

Schizophrenia and Being Nervous About Having Fun

I’m nervous, honestly I’ve been a nervous wreck for a couple days now.

Two days ago A girl (a friend, but a friend I’m really attracted to) asked me if I wanted to go to a Fourth of July concert. Nervously, I agreed.

Here’s the thing, I know that there will be tons of people there and I know that at some point during the night I’m going to get paranoid. Add on to that the...
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