Schizophrenia is an enduring and disabling illness is not an overstatement. However there is a misconception and misinformation about the illness. Most people especially stigmatisers are of the opinion that once you have the diagnosis you are sentenced to a life of misery and you will never thrive. This are stereotypes and which we must all not accept. With the right treatment and good protective factors a meaningful and fulfilling life is possible.
A combination of medication and talking therapy helped me however I am sentenced to a life long regimen of antipsychotic. I was diagnosed with Schizophrenia in the 90s and have had 2 psychiatrist intensive care unit admission. It was a nightmare however it helped me and since I accepted my illness it has been much easier because I take my medication religiously and I have a partner who is very supportive. I must confess I have tried several times to stop my medication but the positive and negative symptoms became worse and it was unbearable.
I am very open about my diagnosis and it has cost me friends but I am happy for I know a good friend will always stay irrespective of my illness. I gained good friends too due to my frankness but I must say it was not easy to disclose it. Most people when you tell them they say whaooo and you still do what you do. I will never ever give up the fight continues “Its not over until its over”
Music help me to cope with my auditory hallucination and work help me to be happy. However my mood fluctuates regularly and it was an issue with my partner but she has accepted it because I cannot help it. Most times I want to be alone and it helps me. I have a very strong personality and I thrive in the face of adversity. I refused to be intimidated by stigmatisers and naysayers. I am who I am. Someone with a diagnosis of schizophrenia like any other catalogues of illnesses. I am not ashamed. Folks let us stand up tall for we are wonderfully and fearfully made.