Hey guys as above, on a personal level, my positive symptoms have almost gone, but my negatives have gotten worse i have had schizophrenia for 25 years,i got it when i was 20 years of age, i am now 46, i feel that my illness has burnt itself out as the years go by, thoughts?
Not really. Last summer when I switched AP’S to Abilify, I started with 5mg. My symptoms were back to where they were in 2008 when I was unmedicated.
Well, my symptoms have become easier to manage. I’m not really seeing a reduction, but I am seeing a better response to my meds, if that makes sense.
I hear ya, not sure if im just getting used to the symptoms or they are just less!
I become less sleepy, more tolerant of the side effect of anti-psychotic.
It is good to hear your mental health has improved over the years.
Ive accepted my quirks - and my dx, and that just makes it easier. I was very ill before i was medicated - so im almost a different person. Material things like getting housing security from it helped.
My life aint too bad anymore.
I would say that negative and positive symptoms have improved, but social functioning hasn’t improved anywhere near as much.
Negatives were atrocious starting out. Had psychomotor retardation. But positives got worse. Dp/dr went away. 2-3 delusions turned into thousands. Paranoia went through the roof. Anxiety and panic attacks went away.
Cognitive decline is stabilizing. Probably lost 1-1.5 sd or 15- 30 iq points approx. Still at 120s approx. But i have lots of defecits.
Not being in agony and hell anymore everyday is nice. Been schizo 9+ years. Got it at 22 and am 31 now…
All my symptoms got better over the years. I don’t experience any symptoms anymore on meds.
All symptoms got better on meds, negative and cognitive symptoms are slowly improving.
I had to get to a very relatively advanced age, 56 years old, for my positive symptoms to improve. I still have negative and cognitive symptoms.
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