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Monday, September 19, 2011

Do I REALLY have Schizophrenia?

Questioning our diagnosis
This seems to be the norm for someone who is disabled, particularly someone with a mental illness.  And particularly a person with Schizophrenia. We have a disease. A disease that falls into predictable patterns-those which he or she will share in common with almost every single other person who has the disease.  This is not a matter of chance.  Nor is it a matter of exposure and assimilation.  I do not act like a person ill with schizophrenia because I hang around with similar people and I've learned or imitated their behavior.  No.  My behaviors were established long before I ever met another person with the disease...and it wasn't really until two years ago when I began to make friends on a forum for people with the same disease as I --and learned then that there were thousands, millions of people who struggle with the exact same things as I do....things which I'd thought were individual to myself.  Things which I'd thought were just my own "oddities" or strange characteristics; things for which I had no explanation....And they were things for which I hated and disparaged myself.

'Why can't  you manage to hold down a job and just get yourself together?"  Why is it so impossible for you to keep your room and home clean for longer than five minutes?  Why do you have so much trouble getting into the shower???  Why is it that there are no thoughts in my mind anymore...?  That  I will find myself staring into space for hours at a time thinking absolutely nothing?   That my formerly boundless creativity has taken a walk?    That I can't remember anything?  Why, why do I lose control of my thoughts and they take off on wild excursions, believing wholeheartedly the strangest things...being convinced of them--and then a couple of days later I can look back and think "That was nuts, What was I thinking to believe that?"  Why is it that I constantly make a fool or a spectacle of myself because of having these strange beliefs.?  Why is I spent so many years, when I had not a single other ambition but to smoke a cigarette and stare into the  space several inches above my cup of coffee? And why why do i have thoughts that I literally can HEAR and why are these  thoughts profane, disruptive and domineering?  Why do I sometimes actually believe these thoughts?  Thinking that these demons that have infiltrated my brain, or that the people who have overtaken my mind and planted these thoughts inside my head, their thoughts, not mine, have this power over me to affect and influence my behavior?  And why do malls and security guards and policemen send me into terror?   And on and on it goes.

And yet I would completely disagree with the diagosis of Schizophrenia..  No, this is just a bad phase,...things will right themselves...and I'll be okay again.  After all, I was "okay" for the years of my daughter's young life.  If I can just exert some self control I 'll once more be able to do what I used to do.  After all I used to be a unit secretary in a local hospital...That is tons of responsibility...It's a hard job...if I could do it then, I can do it now.  If only those nurses hadnt' turned against me and corrupted the mind of my boss to think I'd done something out of line, then I'd still have that job.  Right?  And schizophrenics are CRAZY they are never in control of themselves, they speak and nothing they say makes sense...I've never spoken a nonsensical thing in my life.........I've never believed anything crazy or out of line. Right?

  
No .  Wrong.

If my friends and family are to be trusted, there were long periods of time when I muttered to myself under my breath, and spoke irrelevant CRAZY things...  that I was suspicious and paranoid. That it was my own delusions which had made me report that nurse and THAT's why they all hated me and  I got asked to leave.  That I will never EVER "get myself together " and be back where I used to be, regain my mentail accuity and the intelligence which seems  to have flown right out the window.


I watched and listened to the people on this forum.  Hundreds of them.

All of them --JUST LIKE ME.
Struggling with the same things.
And encountering the same prejudices and misunderstanding of family , friends, and society that I have faced. The same mockery and hatred.  The same lack of comprehension.


They have all lost themselves and their potential and their former successful lives...just like me . .for the very same reasons.


Can it BE that I really have Schizophrenia?


Nah.






























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