I think it’s been about 2-3 years since I started trying to actively “use my brain”.
Before that, I had negative symptoms and not much energy or motivation, so I go to bed at 5 in the morning and get up at 3 in the afternoon, surfing the net all day(or night) doing nothing else.
I wasn’t able to think a simpliest thing, and it was really hard for me to read a book or even a headline on the papers.
But it was a tough feeling that I cannot think anything. I felt stupid. That really hurt.
So about 2-3 years ago, I started trying to actively use my brain.
I did these things: crossword puzzles, watch DVDs that’re easily understood, read headlines or magazines.
At first, I got headaches. Literally. Everytime I try to use my brain.
But, little by little, it’s getting easier to think, and read.
Of course I was fed up with all this training at some point and wanted to stop.
But I kept doing these things. I was persisitant. For 2-3 years.
Then recently, I noticed that my brain’s working just fine.
Now, I read magazines, newspapers, and books.
Probably not as well as ppl without schizophrenia do, but I think I do 80% right.
I DID IT!!
I don’t think I hear about cognitive dysfunctions much here on this forum, or maybe because I don’t read every thread, I miss such threads, but how about yours?
Is there any struggle?