Communication

i think im getting worse at it every year. 2009 i could joke around with people in real life but prob wasnt good with conversation but okay. 2016 i only talked to a couple family members but i could talk for a while about things i knew and have a sort of conversation. 2019 i hardly talked anymore to family. 2022 i could communicate pretty well online and joke around with people online like i used to in real life in 2009. hardly talked in real life tho. lately - it feels hard to have a conversation online even on most days. but i can make comments or jokes.
im sucking more and more at communcating with people every year. and i seem to be getting worse at it quicker as the years go on. sometimes i just wanna give up on communicaton completely but it would probably feel easier but only make my life harder.

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i wonder why its getting harder all the time. not many people seem to relate. :frowning_face:

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Oh, I can relate.

2009 I had a girlfriend, a full-time, on-site job, an active social life. I was funny, outspoken, optimistic.

Now I am much more cynical, quiet, rarely able to come up with good lines in a conversation.

On the upside, I am a better listener than ever before.

I think the shock of going through psychotic episodes is akin to a trauma. We lose brain power.

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do u feel that its effecting ur social skills too or is it more a slow thinking thing or something else?

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I have it difficult to form a proper sentence. Like mild word salad.

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I’ve also developed social discomfort, bordering on phobia sometimes.

My thinking has gotten slower too, in that I fail to notice obvious cues or implications, unless I take the time to ponder. This wasn’t the case before.

I don’t know if the two are connected.

I don’t want to become a recluse. I make constant effort to socialize, if only with my small circle of friends.

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I still can communicate pretty well. I get more joy out of communication now then in the past. I still say very bizarre things but I am getting a little better with communication. I can also listen pretty well and pay enough attention to others when they are communicating with me.

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I have a hard time with communication. I ran out of things to talk about so I talk about the same things every day with my dad but he doesn’t seem to mind.

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I’m getting better, but I practice it a lot as it is an important survival skill.

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People given taurine also showed improvement in depression symptoms and overall social and occupational functioning.

I’ve been taking taurine 2000mg a day for ages now and it’s working.

If you want to improve your communication try Taurine @ 2000mg a day.

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This is what I use

https://www.iherb.com/pr/source-naturals-taurine-1000-1-000-mg-120-capsules/19241

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same here i suffer from cognitive impairment and i struggle in starting conversation and i have social withdrawal because i dont know what to say and i dont talk much.

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A lot of people complain of being much less social after the onset. Do you think it is because people who are on this forum are inherently introverted because it is an online forum or the onset itself decreases extroversion?

I never was an extrovert. But I used to be ok in many social settings: classrooms, open space jobs, parties. After the onset I got more and more reluctant to go out, to meet people, to hold conversations. My voice got shaky too.

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I have noticed that with me too and been wondering if it is from lack of interaction and more isolation. Feel meds have a lot to do with it too though.

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mine started in while i was off meds so im not sure what it is. but i had taken them for 14 years before i quit that time. idk. but it was easier to talk when i was taking risperidone. but i think isolation has a lot to do with it too.

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