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Board: Schizophrenia 02-21-2014, 11:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 7,198
Posted By soapandstars
Re: akathisia 'managed' by valium taken as needed

i've found benzodiazepines (such as valium but specifically xanax for me) to be rather helpful. what's weird is that ambien sometimes helps too (but i obviously don't take that FOR akathesia.)...
Board: Schizophrenia 02-12-2014, 07:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 739
Posted By soapandstars
Re: Two types of anti-psychotic medication?

i am on two antipsychotics everyday and have found that they work better together than apart, bringing out the best in both. it is becoming increasingly popular to do this, and i hope it works for...
Board: Schizophrenia 02-02-2014, 02:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,962
Posted By soapandstars
Re: I Am Terrified.

to user required, and anyone else who is curious: it is true, not all schizophrenics have severe cognitive disturbances. when i was getting sick i knew something was wrong, instinctively. i didn't...
Board: Schizophrenia 01-22-2014, 08:42 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,071
Posted By soapandstars
Re: Will Schizophrenia ever go away?

i hate to say it but for most, schizophrenia is a lifelong illness. it can go into remission and you may experience relief from all symptoms, but that's with the proper medication. then again, i have...
Board: Schizophrenia 01-22-2014, 08:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,177
Posted By soapandstars
Re: schizophrenia and the devil

i can definitely relate to this experience. just remember that as real as it seems it is just your mind trying to trick you.
Board: Schizophrenia 01-05-2014, 08:19 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 598
Posted By soapandstars
Re: schizoaffective and pregnancy

i don't know anyone with schizophrenia who has a child, but i can tell you what i do know from research. first, it is recommended that, with most antipsychotics, you stay on your meds during...
Board: Schizophrenia 12-30-2013, 08:02 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 806
Posted By soapandstars
Re: Medication and the voices?

i had to try quite a lot of meds before i found one that quieted the voices. because i had drug resistant schizophrenia i ended up on clozaril eventually, which is one of the best for that purpose...
Board: Schizophrenia 12-30-2013, 07:57 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 516
Posted By soapandstars
Re: New to forum

welcome :) 6 years is a long time! good job!
Board: Schizophrenia 12-30-2013, 07:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,198
Posted By soapandstars
Re: On the verge of cracking

mental illnesses are just as real and valid as any physical ailment. if someone got cancer, would that make them a bad person? of course it wouldn't. psychiatric conditions, like schizophrenia, are...
Board: Schizophrenia 12-30-2013, 07:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,011
Posted By soapandstars
Re: schizophrenia

schizophrenia, i'm afraid, is a lifetime disease. however, that doesn't mean you should lose hope! it can, with the right treatment (usually involving meds) completely go into remission and some...
Board: Schizophrenia 12-30-2013, 07:23 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,789
Posted By soapandstars
Re: Niacin and auditory hallucinations

i have heard of niacin being administered mostly in cases where there is already a vitamin b deficiency. but some swear by it though the only evidence seems to be pretty anecdotal. it's always good...
Board: Schizophrenia 10-04-2013, 01:50 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 643
Posted By soapandstars
Re: Telling parents or psychiatrist about shizophrenia

i am sorry you are dealing with such scary stuff. be careful with self diagnosis though - what you're experiencing doesn't sound like schizophrenia. i don't want you to take that as me saying that...
Board: Schizophrenia 07-24-2013, 06:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,260
Posted By soapandstars
Re: Schizophrenic's Wife

this is not your fault. it sound like an incredibly trying situation but it also sounds like you have been very compassionate and done everything you could. having a mental illness does not excuse...
Board: Schizophrenia 07-24-2013, 06:08 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 716
Posted By soapandstars
Re: what to believe

when people talk about having voices i am never sure if you mean voices in your head that take over your inner monologue and feel like thoughts that belong to someone else, or if you are actually...
Board: Schizophrenia 07-24-2013, 06:05 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 652
Posted By soapandstars
Re: problem

i know a lot of people who are bipolar that experience psychosis that is just as or even more debilitating than people with schizophrenia. are your hallucinations occurring specifically during really...
Board: Schizophrenia 07-24-2013, 06:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,962
Posted By soapandstars
Re: I Am Terrified.

these things can be very scary, and i'm sorry you're experiencing them. but remember, a lot of things can cause hallucinations and these type of experiences that isn't schizophrenia. you are right to...
Board: Schizophrenia 06-14-2013, 12:13 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,193
Posted By soapandstars
Re: Schizoaffective Disorder

schizoaffective disorder can be life changing and difficult. the fact that the afflicted have both a mood disorder and a psychotic one can be devastating. the previous post about the difference...
Board: Schizophrenia 06-14-2013, 12:08 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 643
Posted By soapandstars
Re: Possible to get 1st visual hallucination after 5years of schizo?

visual hallucinations are actually less common than you'd expect in schizo. i myself experience a lot but this is not typical. i have heard for many that symptoms can wax and wane and i've also heard...
Board: Schizophrenia 06-14-2013, 12:01 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 926
Posted By soapandstars
Re: Am I Schizophrenic or is it Just Another Obsession?

i am not a doctor, but i doubt you have schizophrenia. it might give you some comfort and clarity to see a professional to make sure, but the delusions, hallucinations, disorganization and lack of...
Board: Schizophrenia 05-21-2013, 10:26 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 908
Posted By soapandstars
Re: They came back...

for me, it seems that people have trouble understanding what we are going through. either they assume the worst and stigmatized and abandon, or they don't believe that i'm actually suffering so much...
Board: Schizophrenia 03-24-2013, 06:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 957
Posted By soapandstars
Re: what are some fallacies and stigma have you encountered with your illness?

yea, i've heard that one too. i try to help my loved ones understand why i am the way i am but some will never understand.
Board: Schizophrenia 03-20-2013, 11:07 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 957
Posted By soapandstars
what are some fallacies and stigma have you encountered with your illness?

i'm curious to see what false beliefs and judgments you've come across living with schizophrenia or knowing someone who lives with schizophrenia. here are some i've seen:

1. schizophrenia is your...
Board: Schizophrenia 02-20-2013, 04:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,703
Posted By soapandstars
Re: Is It Schizophrenia or Extreme Paranoia?

people who are bipolar can manifest psychotic and paranoid symptoms, but ONLY when severely depressed or manic. the difference between psychosis that still counts as part of bipolar and...
Board: Schizophrenia 02-07-2013, 08:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,022
Posted By soapandstars
Re: Someone relate. Be crazy with me.

These things are incredibly scary and i really sympathize, because i relate and know how hard it can be. but it is great that even though some of your thoughts are very paranoid/delusional you seem...
Board: Schizophrenia 02-02-2013, 05:24 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 974
Posted By soapandstars
Re: Did I enter your world, briefly?

sounds scary. also sounds familiar. i would caution against other dopamine agonists. i am familiar with the fact that those treat a dopamine deficiency and can really help with such symptoms (i get...
Board: Schizophrenia 02-02-2013, 05:16 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 813
Posted By soapandstars
Re: dystonia tremors?

UPDATE: i talked to a doctor who is a specialist when it comes to clozaril and who tells me that these are not dystonia symptoms, but actually muscular seizures caused by going up on my clozaril....
Board: Schizophrenia 02-01-2013, 04:52 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 813
Posted By soapandstars
dystonia tremors?

I have been afflicted from dystonia before (uncontrollable movement or paralysis of a muscle) because of my meds (i'm on seroquel and clozaril all the time, and thorazine on an as needed basis.)...
Board: Schizophrenia 01-25-2013, 06:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,103
Posted By soapandstars
Re: Question about Schizophrenia medications (Clozaril and Haldol)

what sucks for me is that the meds that seem to help the most with my symptoms are the ones that cause the most weight gain. i started at 95 lbs (pretty tiny for my height, but i struggled with...
Board: Schizophrenia 01-10-2013, 07:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,570
Posted By soapandstars
Re: denial and poor memory in schizophrenia

that must be awful. it's scary to not know what is real.

i think my mom was just trying to reassure me that i was not making things up, but that if i was then that would be a good thing so i have...
Board: Schizophrenia 01-09-2013, 05:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,570
Posted By soapandstars
denial and poor memory in schizophrenia

i have been struggling with this illness for a long time, and struggling to accept it. when i am in bad shape, i am convinced that my delusions/hallucinations are real, and that everyone is like me...
Board: Grief & Loss 12-24-2012, 05:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,225
Posted By soapandstars
Re: lost a friend to suicide.

i am glad what i said touched you. i'm sorry you've had to go through similar experiences. it is so hard.

<3
Board: Schizophrenia 12-23-2012, 07:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,244
Posted By soapandstars
Re: Medication Question...

i am lucky, i have never experienced TD, even on meds such as haldol and thorazine where it is considered somewhat inevitable. i used to have seizures occasionally when i was a drug addict (i've been...
Board: Schizophrenia 12-23-2012, 06:00 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 3,802
Posted By soapandstars
Re: Schizophrenia? Or just Hypochondria?

people can have schizophrenia without experiencing hallucinations. it sounds like you are definitely struggling from paranoia, if not paranoid delusions, and this can be a result of a few different...
Board: Grief & Loss 12-22-2012, 08:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,225
Posted By soapandstars
Re: lost a friend to suicide.

thank you for your caring words. though he was and still is very important to me i know i had to put my recovery first. being off drugs is the best thing that has ever happened to me, and i know he...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 12-19-2012, 04:46 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,116
Posted By soapandstars
Re: sleepiness in alzeimers and aging?

thank you for your response. her eating is alright, if anything she eats too much because she forgets that she's eaten. it's just the sleeping that's the problem, but the doctors say there's really...
Board: Abuse Support 12-19-2012, 04:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,268
Posted By soapandstars
Re: abusive relationship/ narssistic personality

i tried to be with someone with narcissistic personality disorder, and it just doesn't work. i thought i could change him, thought i had, but that rage with unquenchable. he never hit me, but he did...
Board: Rape / Sexual Abuse 12-19-2012, 04:26 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 840
Posted By soapandstars
Re: coming to terms

thanks so much for your response. i have been considering therapy for the incident. i have mental health issues so i have a great psychiatrist that can hopefully lead me in the right direction.

i...
Board: Grief & Loss 12-19-2012, 12:27 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,225
Posted By soapandstars
lost a friend to suicide.

months have passed, still it stays with me. a good friend of mine committed suicide after a long drug bender. i had cut him out of my life because i was quitting drugs, and he wasn't. since he was my...
Board: Rape / Sexual Abuse 12-19-2012, 12:01 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 840
Posted By soapandstars
coming to terms

i am coming to terms with the fact that i was date raped. what makes me ashamed is that i let him get away with it and even went on one more date with the guy. true, i didn't realize at the time that...
Board: Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia 12-18-2012, 11:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,116
Posted By soapandstars
sleepiness in alzeimers and aging?

my grandma is suffering from very serious and debilitating alzeimers disease. she doesn't remember who i am, who my father is, who my grandpa is, or anything else really. even memories of her...
Board: Schizophrenia 12-18-2012, 11:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,244
Posted By soapandstars
Re: Medication Question...

i hate to be redundant, because i am always suggesting this med, but clozaril is the only thing i have ever found to help me with negative and disorganized symptoms. i have also been recently been...
Board: Schizophrenia 12-17-2012, 11:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 963
Posted By soapandstars
Re: Schizophrenia Concerns

of course! i know how hard this stuff is to come to terms with, and facilitate others to come to terms with it, so i want to offer any help i can.
Board: Schizophrenia 12-17-2012, 11:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 963
Posted By soapandstars
Re: Schizophrenia Concerns

I don't know quite what to say, because i dealt with something similar in being diagnosed. it was hard for my parents to accept because it's such a big word and such a debilitating illness. everyone...
Board: Schizophrenia 12-17-2012, 08:32 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 14,190
Posted By soapandstars
Re: My psychotic history

i'm sorry, i am new to this messageboard and this post so i didn't read if you have tried cogentin or diphenhydramine for the akathesia? for me it is sometimes so bad it doesn't do a thing, but...
Board: Schizophrenia 12-16-2012, 10:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 977
Posted By soapandstars
Re: Possible Schizophrenia or Schizo affective disorder?

you're right, hallucinations are not always part of the picture. they're only part of the 'positive' symptoms that some schizophrenics deal with, but negative and disorganized symptoms call also be...
Board: Schizophrenia 12-16-2012, 08:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 977
Posted By soapandstars
Re: Possible Schizophrenia or Schizo affective disorder?

this sounds more like anxiety to me than schizophrenia. are you hearing voices or seeing things or having "odd" beliefs that other people don't understand? that's what you really need to look out...
Board: Schizophrenia 12-16-2012, 06:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,124
Posted By soapandstars
Re: Could I have early stages of Schizophrenia?

a lot of different illnesses can cause hallucinations and paranoia, including even something like depression. labels aside, it sound like you are suffering and should talk to someone professional. i...
Board: Schizophrenia 12-16-2012, 06:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,103
Posted By soapandstars
Re: Question about Schizophrenia medications (Clozaril and Haldol)

haldol is considered a "typical" (older) antipsychotic, and clozaril an "atypical" (newer) though it is thought to be more related to a typical than some of the other atypicals. haldol is very...
Board: Schizophrenia 12-16-2012, 06:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,177
Posted By soapandstars
Re: HELP NEEDED! What med(s) work best for you??

seroquel and zyprexa worked ok for me. geodon was awful, and abilify and invega did nothing. risperdol made me really depressed, and i went off of haldol and thorazine because of the risk of tardive...
Board: Schizophrenia 12-16-2012, 06:14 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 654
Posted By soapandstars
Drug addiction and schizophrenia

i am curious - what have your experiences with alcohol and psychoactive drugs? i am not meaning to be judgmental, i am just wondering. i know for me my disease manifested far before i started...
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