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Old 12-22-2011, 07:51 AM   #1
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schizophrenia--when will i recover???

I was diagnosed with schizophrenia, two years ago. My dad is an ENT specialist. Since he is a doctor, he immediately found that something is wrong with me psychologically, and he immediately took me to a psychatrist. The psychatrist advised me to take medicines. Amisulphride tablets were prescribed for me. i took the medicine for almost 1.5 years. With regular visits to the doctor, i became normal again. The doctor also kept on tapering my dose gradually as my conditions improved. Since the doctor is going abroad, i was referred to another one, who prescribed me another set of tablets.(which he said was the most recent one).
My problem now is that, the doctor and my parents are constantly discouraging me, saying that since i am taking medication now,i am different from others and i cant achieve things in life like other people. Actually, i am planning to do higher studies abroad. They are saying that schizophrenia, is a life long psychotic disorder, from which i cant recover throughout my life and has to take tablets for the rest of my life.....Many of my friends have gone abroad for studies,, but they wont let me go, because i am in medication....I have cried many nights thinking about my future and how this dreadful disease has shattered all my dreams.
All i want to know is that, when will i be able to survive without the medication like a normal human?????
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Old 12-22-2011, 09:47 PM   #2
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Re: schizophrenia--when will i recover???

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I was diagnosed with schizophrenia, two years ago. My dad is an ENT specialist. Since he is a doctor, he immediately found that something is wrong with me psychologically, and he immediately took me to a psychatrist. The psychatrist advised me to take medicines. Amisulphride tablets were prescribed for me. i took the medicine for almost 1.5 years. With regular visits to the doctor, i became normal again. The doctor also kept on tapering my dose gradually as my conditions improved. Since the doctor is going abroad, i was referred to another one, who prescribed me another set of tablets.(which he said was the most recent one).
My problem now is that, the doctor and my parents are constantly discouraging me, saying that since i am taking medication now,i am different from others and i cant achieve things in life like other people. Actually, i am planning to do higher studies abroad. They are saying that schizophrenia, is a life long psychotic disorder, from which i cant recover throughout my life and has to take tablets for the rest of my life.....Many of my friends have gone abroad for studies,, but they wont let me go, because i am in medication....I have cried many nights thinking about my future and how this dreadful disease has shattered all my dreams.
All i want to know is that, when will i be able to survive without the medication like a normal human?????
please reply....
The fact your family caught the disease early means your prognosis is very good as the longer you go without meds the worse the illnesss becomes. Being intelligent is also a good sign the illness won't be so severe.

There are some famous schizophrenics that have gone one to lead successful lives which you can google.

However schizophrenia unfortunately is a life-long illness until someone finds a cure.

 
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Old 12-23-2011, 11:51 AM   #3
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Re: schizophrenia--when will i recover???

That's disheartening to hear!

On the one hand, that your family noticed something was wrong and helped you get treatment is good.

Just because you're taking a medication for an illness, there is no reason that you cannot accomplish the same things as other people. Do NOT let them get you down.

There's a few things I want to tell you about schizophrenia.

One is that, in most schizophrenics, the symptoms will go into remission, and many times symptoms will not ever return. Also, remember - when it comes to mental illnesses like schizophrenia, it is not a biological blood diagnosis. Though it has been theorized that it is due to a chemical imbalance, that has not been proven. It also used to be theorized that lobotomy and electroshock therapy is a cure for mental disorders.

Now, that being said - while it is a life long DIAGNOSIS that stays on your medical history, you can at a later point in life contest it, stating that you were misdiagnosed from the beginning.

It's easy for a normal person to say that you won't live a normal life. That's bull***t. Myself for example, I have been working to develop a community ran free computer repair clinic for the last 3 years. As well, I'm well on my way to receiving my Bachelor's degree in Network Management, and taking many courses in Arts and Humanities. I too have dreams of seeing the world, and I will. I refuse to put myself around people who bring me down and do not fully support me.

The last two things I wanted to say is this. Medication is not a bad thing, actually if you can get by the side effects, you are living like a normal person. I would not recommend going off of your medication, but definitely do keep in close contact with your doctor and continue to titrate to as low a dose as possible. It is possible that it will go into remission after some time, and it may never recur for the rest of your life. But, you will need to remember that if your symptoms arise again to talk to a doctor and get on medications again until it again goes into remission.

 
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Old 12-27-2011, 07:19 PM   #4
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Re: schizophrenia--when will i recover???

I'm normal too. I was diagnosed at age 21. I had what you could call "panic attacks" for a while, which led to delusional thoughts, which led to a psycho-somatic headache. I've never read anything on the internet to suggest that other people have this type of headache. Some people mention "tension headaches" and that's about as close as the pain in my head comes to being the same as an actual headache.

Anyhow. That was an incomparable pain. Luckily, during this time I didn't hear any voices. I just had an utterly debilitating pain in my head. Something like a mix of mind and clinging. -You know the way mind can seem sort of verbative and ohmish. My mind took on that feature in a very negative way.

I wasn't 27 until I got better. So for people out there, its good and bad to know that recovery comes but it might take a while. If someone would have told me I would get better in 18 years, I still wouldn't have believed it possible.

My life's on track. That voice in my head is a certain character which I know will never leave me. It doesn't bother me. The most extreme points in my voice hearing period make the silence I have now almost seem complete. 98% of the time I don't even realize I have a voice inside of me. Then 2% of the time it acts up a bit.

The illness will define you in many ways. It will set limits on what you can and can't do in terms of being an active member of society. The illness is very much a stress related illness. So you can try to be as normal as you like once you go into remission but keep in mind that stress will drive you back into crazy land.

My best wishes for everyone in the New Year. Jesus loves you. He really does. He's really real and he's really a great guy. I'm not saying he'll solve all your problems, but it's good to know that there's a higher power out there.

In case anyone is curious, the cure for voices is "heart-chakra" meditation. A single moment of concentration on the area of the heart near the top of your body silences the voices. This technique usually only works for people who are ready. There's no guarantee the voice won't trump your attempts.

I strongly believe heart-chakra meditation really clears away the power of the voice to affect a person. In your heart you form opinions and thoughts. The voice not only vocalizes those thoughts, he puts a very negative slant on them. It's good to realize where these impulses and random comments are coming from. What you believe, you believe in your heart - so keep in mind that the voice is using it against you. Clear his power to affect it by concentrating inward on your heart and the voice will be silent.

This technique requires persistence.

 
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Old 01-15-2012, 02:28 PM   #5
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There can be a stigma associated with schizophrenia. But that can be overcome. People that can't deal with you having a disease that many people have, really have problems of their own.

I have schizophrenia and I went through some rough times for sure. I have quit taking my medicine twice in my life and both of those attempts ended with me acting out and then being taken in for that behavior. I regret that. The first time I quit I had just completed two quarters in college and got great grades. I thought life was going good so let me just see what happens without the medicine. The next quarter I was having difficulty concentrating and I had racing thoughts so I dropped my classes. By the time I was out of school, I started thinking the medicine was bad for me and that I didn't need it. Things spiraled out of control and to be honest I don't fully remember how I acted out this first time but in the end I was placed in a hospital and I went back to taking my medicine. The early part of taking a medicine can be tough but some of those side effects go away.

It took me a year after that first episode to settle back down and then head back to school. Once again school went well and I was enjoying my classes when I decided that this time I would quit taking my medicine and just try harder not to misbehave. The same thing happened to me. I couldn't concentrate in school but this time I didn't drop my classes, I just stuck it out. I got F's in classes I would later get A's in and finally after two quarters of this I dropped out. I acted out again, this time in a number of places before I was finally taken into a mental facility and held for 30 days.

So now I have learned my lesson. I graduated from college and I have a good job that I enjoy. It took me 8 years from the first year I entered college to the time that I grabbed my diploma. I regret the fact that I tried to treat myself.

Schizophrenia is something physical in your brain. Doesn't mean you are less of a person. With todays selection of medicines you can live a full and productive life and do some really amazing things. You don't have to be in a hurry to do things like study abroad. You will have lots of time in your life and lots of opportunities to do things like that.

Your doctor is an important ally as you work your way through this disease. Definitely, talk openly with your doctor. He is not out to get you. Some doctors can be cold but they really do have your best interest in mind. They see a lot of patients and can see little quirks of behavior that you think are covered up.

I don't know how much I sound like a real person to you but I am. I hope you don't read my story and think that maybe you should see how you can do without the medicine. My experience tells me that is a waste of time. I have also been told that if you quit taking your medicine too many times, then you can lose some mental capacity in that process.

I know what you are going through is a challenge but it can be overcome.

 
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Old 07-16-2012, 08:44 PM   #6
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I am 24 years old and i have recently realized that i have paroniod schizophrenia and i have this disease for maybe all my life but have really reared its head so to speak in the resent 2years. mines is the usual people are out to get me but mines is black people are out to get and there white associates mind you am black so you might see how hard that is. All though it was not recently maybe fall of 2011 that story took place. I have come to find out that my schizophrenia takes a different forms after some time and kinda adds to the previous story in my head. I have actually attempted suicide, i both a gun and was going to blow my brains out but i did not. I am not on any medication or seeing a doctor for that matter can not afford either. I have decided maybe a few days ago to tell my foster parents and some close friends about my illness and they are willing to help. I have tried to deal with it myself but i was not successful and i had a break down and slipped back into it. Its like having a hand squeezing my brain. sometimes i just sit and talk to them and then sometimes i just listen. I really need some ideas on how to try to live normally with this disease without medication.
I will be making more post to share what type or the way my delusions play out in my mind and give details of how it progressed.
Thanks in advanced for your replies.

 
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Old 09-05-2012, 10:14 PM   #7
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Don't be sad. You can still fulfill your dreams... When there is a will, there's a way. What are your dreams? Make a list numbering them in order of importance on a piece of paper to remind you every day.

I am a recovering schizophrenic. I attended law school and recently went back to work for an international investment bank. I have written a children's book and am publishing it on Amazon and have set up an internet company with my husband. These are some of my dreams.

Your family obviously mean well for you to stay in your home country and to take your medication with their support. Could you study in your home country? Could you travel around the world with a sibling or other family member? I travelled to Australia after I graduated with my friend, now sister-in-law. I was sick in Hong Kong (we stopped off there for 5 days) and was so thankful for her support.

You could put forward a powerpoint presentation for your family stating how you will manage travelling around the world i.e., with a sibling, family member, etc.

Your family obviously care a great deal for you. I have come across members on this forum who have no living family and are managing this disease alone. It makes me think how lucky you & I are to have supportive family. You are so lucky your doctor father had you diagnosed early. My family tried to intervene early but I ignored them. It took a psychotic episode which landed me in hospital to realise that I was very mentally ill.

Be thankful for your caring family and NEVER EVER give up on your dreams :-)

 
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Old 10-29-2012, 03:29 PM   #8
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Hathada is right. Focus to the heart. However there are other things you can do as well to defeat demons. I look at them as leeches, but leeches need food to live.

Watch how your mind goes with what you eat. They're not your voices or feelings, they are trying to torment you, so you need to destroy them. They don't give up easily.

For me;

No gluten. Absolute no-no. This leads in me to the mind appearing to delight in evil.
Nothing from the Fabaceae family-peanuts, chickpeas, beans etc for similar reasons to above.
Nothing from the nightshade family-potatoes/aubergines (fear), chili (various things such as apnea), tomato and peppers.
No coffee.

Rice for carbs is fine for me if I need any.

Remember Jesus said fasting and prayer, and Buddha also says be restrained. So know what to cut out.

 
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Old 11-28-2012, 03:56 PM   #9
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If you were a diabetic and needed insulin to survive, would you be asking when can I stop taking my insulin? You have a chemical imbalance of the brain that requires medication to bring your neurotransmitters back into balance.

 
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