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Understanding my Schizophrenia

I spent a lot of my life not understanding my illness. Living life like it was just something I had to deal with. Today I’ll take you through a brief run down on my search history. As a result I was naive about how deep it goes is unreal. knowing something was wrong but just how much was my illness. But how much I blamed myself for was staggering. A so much I burdened myself with.

It wasn’t until four years ago that I took the power into my own hands. For instance I attribute a lot of the reason to meeting my wife. She truly gave me something to live for. She gave me a glimpse of a better life that I could not have be capable of.

The Meetup

Firstly Once I met her my life took a turn for the better. Until getting married I asked her one day to move out of town with me. I had a job opportunity which would provide housing via a cabin in the woods. What is the best part is this is where we would get married. She said yes and away we went. She even resigned from her job to come with me.

After moving out of town, I went into the worst episode of my life. After living through this I vowed to never let it get that bad again. I dedicated a lot of time and money into searching for things that would help me in my struggle with Schizophrenia. Countless hours I spent online searching. Searching for anything that would help.

Researching Online

I stumbled upon a vast amount of information. When without realizing there is so much knowledge to be gained from researching my mental illness. When many studies have been done. So much research has been done in the name of helping people like me. I scrolled and scrolled hoping.

One thing I’d say I found a lot of was studies being done about vitamin supplements in combination with medicine to ease some of the side effects. Got a negative symptom, there is a vitamin for that. With a quick disclaimer, I’ll say that when you find something, direct that search to reputable sites. You will probably run into a lot saying that there is not enough evidence supporting the claims. I am not endorsing any specific thing, I am just saying what has worked for me.

I would say one of the biggest things I ran into was Sarcosine. Small studies have been done regarding this amino acid. There is plenty of ways to get it too. None of it is backed by a vast amount of research. The result of the decision to start taking it was a risk. Same with any other of my supplements. I have taken some which have negatively affected me bought straight from my local vitamin shop. Let that statement serve as a warning. That just because something is toted as good, does not mean it is good for you in particular. I found that a lot of the standard vitamins like C, D and B were very beneficial.

Studies

Throughout my research I found many things. Finding out that a lot is being done to help understand and cure Schizophrenia. I spent a lot of my life not exposed to the good people searching for help for me. I never realized how much was being done and it honestly gave me a lot of comfort knowing a lot of doctors are working on this.

A big thing that helped me greatly was reading information on what my illness is. To actually bring some understanding helped me better cope with what was happening to me. Understanding helped me accept my illness. I honestly cannot stress enough how much it did.


https://www.nami.org/About-Mental-Illness/Mental-Health-Conditions/Schizophrenia/Discuss

By Anonymous Schizo

I've been handling schizophrenia since my early teenage years. Needless to say I haven't always handled it well. My goal is to blog about my life so people can see what I've gone through, maybe to relate, gain insight, or to just take a walk in my shoes. This is my Schizophrenic Life.

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