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Did therapy help your negative symptoms?

I wish that worked for negative symptoms.
My therapist gave me precise tasks that I simplified a lot, I still failed at doing what the therapist and I agreed on. It was walking outside, reading a few pages of a book and cooking everyday. I told the therapist I can only walk in the house when I feel to everyday and I cant read books.

The therapist got mad at me and in other words said I am wasting her time. She said she has other patients who need her more than me.

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I see a psychologist and she is always giving me tasks to do. Things like writing out a schedule of daily activities and following it. I have never done anything she has asked me to do, so I don’t think it helps me.

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Yea I think my negative symptoms are so bad that they’re more a medical issue that require meds before benefiting from therapy.

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For me it has helped some, since I get a minor boost of motivation after a productive session. I have negative symptoms but not as sever as yours. I’m sorry your therapist is ignorant on the spectrum of schizophrenia… Wish you well man. You deserve it.

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Thanks @anon97970229

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My negatives haven’t been helped at all by therapy. Luckily Abilify has helped a lot with them

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Yeah I’m like that too. It sucks, that’s for sure.

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Yea Abilify improved my negative symptoms but not as good as before sz. Anyways I cant take it anymore.

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Have you tried Latuda or Rexulti? I know Vraylar isn’t available for you currently

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I tried Latuda 80mg, my negative symptoms were a bit better on it than now on 6mg Risperdal but not even close to Abilify. I would say compared to now, on Latuda my negative symptoms were 20% better and on Abilify 40-50% better. 100% would be like before sz where I was able to work and study, gym, etc

I stopped the Latuda due to too much side effects, akathisia, nausea, insomnia, irritability and some positive symptoms and nightmares from watching the news for example. I have my first apt with new pdoc soon like you. For me its 28 august. I will ask about Strattera and Rexulti. But Rexulti has the same FDA warnings as Abilify on impulsivity which was the reason I stopped Abilify.

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I hope that the Rexulti doesn’t give you the same troubles that Abilify did

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How is Abilify? Did your negative symptoms completely disappear on it like before sz? My Dr told me its pretty rare for schizophrenics to regain the same functional level as before sz.

I’d say my negatives are about 50% better. Definitely not how I was before SzA. Before SzA I was running 8 miles a day for cross country, I also sprinted for indoor track in the winter and outdoor track in the spring. Sadly I’m not able to get that kind of exercise anymore due to my negatives but with Abilify I am able to shower almost daily as well as work and get some chores done around the apartment

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Therapy eventually started working for me. Had problems with it at first because I wasn’t being open and honest about my problems and I wasn’t doing the exercises I had been given. Nowadays, I work it hard because it can give me more bang for the buck than my meds in terms of recovery.

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Behaviour activiation definitely helped but it wasnt like a cure. It was something I wanted to do but struggled with each week.

The worst is after the sessions stop it feels like theres no one to check in with and I have to just do it all myself which having low motivation I just don’t do at all.

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Music therapy was also very good. Would recommend it. Its meant to have good evidence for helping negative symptoms.

Can also be art therapy too.

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I never listened to therapists !

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