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Does it get better or worse with age?

Does it? The symptoms? Do they change ever?

I’ve been having psychotic symptoms from when I was around 14-15. Some have gotten worse, some better.

To the more experienced: what happens with age?

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Social worker told me it gets better with age. He said “as you mature” it can get better

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I’m 57, and I still need to take med’s to control my symptoms, but I am more philosophical about my symptoms and my life. I don’t think I will become bitter as I get older. I really do feel like I have been the victim of some heinous injustices, but still, my life hasn’t been that bad.

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I was first attacked by demons 36 years ago. It gets better with age for me. That doesn’t, I believe, happen naturally or all by itself though. I have been working on getting better for 36 years. I am facing sz at all times and never turn my back. Many of my coping mechanisms have become automatic now, and that’s a huge improvement. I have visions and paranoid delusions that are taken care of almost immediately now. Kind of like if all my thoughts were in a factory on a conveyor belt and I am the worker checking and throwing out the bad ones; I’ve gotten a lot quicker at it and not as many bad ones get past the checkpoint :blush:

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better, at least for me

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i have no bad feelings or illness the past 6 years, ive faced all my fears and solved most of my problems…also relised the triggers of my psychosis and put a stop to them… found inner peace

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I think that it gets better with age if you take care of yourself. Over time you learn what certain triggers are and are able to avoid them.

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It’s actually documented that the symptoms of some people with schizophrenia do get better with age. This is a fact; it’s not true for everybody though. But for me personally, my symptoms started getting less intense when I reached my mid forties. Also, a few bothersome symptoms went away. I was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia in 1980 at age 19.

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Mine has been getting better for the past two decades, but I still have more positive symptoms than I can handle if I go off meds. Will probably need those for life.

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I read here that for women it can get worse after Menopause, because estrogen acts like a protection a little bit. That is what scares me, not being able to take care of myself at that age and having no parents.

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my dad has calmed down with age and he has sza. He says he still sees shadow people out of the corner of his eyes and I know he has some paranoia but its lessened since he’s reached 50

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I dislike the shadow people with a passion. They have nothing better to do it seems.

I’m far away from Menopause but I will keep that in mind for later on. I wish you luck however.

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my mother in law likes to patronize me about the shadow people , she says she sees them too and that they are harmless and I have no reason to be scared of them.

But they are scary and startling. I mean, I see the figures of people I know behind me and turn and nope not there. I see people in the corner of my eye when I drive and ignore it. It is still scary though. I’m pretty sure it is perfectly normal to be scared of them. You sure see is really seeing them? I’m pretty sure they are terrifying for anyone who sees them.

I think she says she sees them to make fun of me.

No offense, she sounds like a complete jerk. She may be a monster-in-law.

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I’d urinate in her tea!!!

#honestly!

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I’m 61 now, for me it has got better with age. Maybe better meds too. My problem now is mostly negative symptoms.

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I have had psychotic symptoms since i was 10 years old and I am now 22 and all of my symptoms have gotten much worse and I have developed new ones over the years…

But I am also struggling to find the right ,meds…