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Are you all high functioning schizophrenics?

It seems like everyone here is high functioning, I wouldn’t even know you had schizophrenia. Is this common?

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Maybe I’m a high functioning schizophrenic or have low functioning bipolar disorder!

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I am pretty low functioning… I have a hard time with things and see and hear things a lot I just try not to let people notice when I see and hear things and I have such a hard time with house work most days and when I feel good enough to clean it’s mostly my bipolar running ramped it really sucks at times because I can’t work I loved working when I was younger now it’s just to hard

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Everyone here is above average in terms of functioning. I hate the distinction of high/low functioning because it really isn’t very accurate. We get labelled based on how other people experience our disorder, not based on how we experience it ourselves. It also creates a false dichotomy. People mostly consider me high functioning right now. But back when I joined, I couldn’t drive because I kept hallucinating animals jumping in front of my car, I had trouble sleeping at night through the voices, I couldn’t even manage to shower regularly, and I would forget to eat for days.

Anyone labelled as high functioning can become low functioning, and anyone labelled as low functioning can become high functioning. Because it’s a fake term.

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I’m pretty low functioning lel. Atleast according to my doctors.

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But, like, I have met MANY schizophrenics who would never be able to participate on a forum. People who wouldn’t be able to type coherently, or remember how to sign in, or anything like that. We also maintain a strict recovery mindset here, which means people who want to rant about their delusions nonstop or talk about quitting meds mostly don’t like it here and leave quickly.

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That makes sense, so there are people who are unable to type coherently?

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High functioning, but with all the problems though.

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My one helpful pdoc said that almost all her sz patients you wouldn’t be able to tell they were sz, that was comforting to me, I think high functioning isn’t a proper term, I still struggle with paranoia, anxiety, delusions and lack of motivation every day.

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I’m pretty good at functioning. No one can tell I’m sick most of the time. Only after being around me and getting to know my signs and symptoms can people tell when I am having down times.

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I’m sitting at work in my car on lunch eating the lunch I packed. It’s a typical day, lots of bad stuff happened, lots of good stuff happened today. You be the judge.

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I’m terribly low-functioning these days. Can barely take care of myself.

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It’s very much task dependent .Adaptive functioning significantly <Intelligence level. World genius directory listed vs need help with daily practical tasks.

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I’m functioning at a level that requires some assistance from others but I also do many things on my own. I’m not totally dependent. I have my own income. But I don’t work due to stress. I have my own place to stay. I do most of the chores. I only get help when it’s something I can’t do by myself. Like put the water on the cooler. I’m a little anxious driving so I get rides to appointments and shopping usually. I try to do as much for myself as I can.

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Unlike others here, I have not met a schizophrenic that is low functioning.
I think cases like that are in the State Hospital.

From what I’ve heard and seen, they can not perform daily tasks, or it’s difficult too perform regular, daily tasks.

I would consider myself a higher functioning schizophrenic, but I’m no genius or Savant.

The term high and functioning are in the eye of the beholder.

No, I quit drugs in 1990. I don’t even ever have a beer.

But you’re right, I function.

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Most people are a lot more “intelligent” than me. I have an EQ of 100 percent. But my IQ is like 110 but I think they skewed the results because it took me a split second to put all the shapes in order…and the system is rigged against intelligence…public schools/Algebra is designed to be boring, un-abstract, and the more they bore you in school, the more they ruin your chances of thriving in a progressive world. Well my future was stolen both by a random misfire in my brain and the system’s by that I mean the tearing apart of the nuclear family, and the handling of schizophrenia itself as hopeless condition.

I dont really think I belong/fit in this forum because Im too progressive and outside the norms.

i feel like i walk on a tightrope with one side being high function and other side low. im probably a mid functioning bipolar.
its really just the lack motivation, avolition that can really hold me back but when that eases up my functioning improves a lot

i think i could be high functioning but my meds are so expensive i can’t work full time and lose my medicaid. looking for a part time job to supplement my income. i still have auditory hallucinations a few times a week and am not very social in real life. as i get older i’ve learned to be polite and not draw attention to myself in the real world. my conversations with people are very brief. and i have a few negatives still, like home chores tend to pile up on me when i have no visitors over to the house.

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I wouldnt call myself high functioning unless I can maintain jobs which I cant for now.