How was your life before sz?

I used to exercise and eat healthy, and go to work.

Now I eat more what I want. Semi-healthy. I don’t exercise, I don’t work I’m on disability.

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I was a drug addict, and my life in isolation even with mental health problems is way better when I was being treated like crap by everybody

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So you’re a recovered drug addict or still addicted?

Yes I am recovered now for 12 years since I last took illegal drugs.

It was when I stopped self-medicating that I got mentally ill

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I had a nice childhood but noticed symptoms of schizophrenia from age 10 . Onwards then went into hospital 18 and got the diagnosis

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My 20s were great. My 30s weren’t so great. I was diagnosed at 39.

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Wow that’s late to be diagnosed. I was diagnosed at 27, even that is a bit late I think.

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I had a Very successful childhood. I had success playing soccer, I had friends……

It was lonely. It is still lonely.

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My life was pretty poor, drinking everyday. No support, unusable housing.

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Alcoholic and just not a great person to be around. My life after SZ and in sobriety is pretty good.

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No friends. Not treated too well at prep school and much worse at public school. Socially anxious. Increasing level of depression…

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I had friends
I partied
Watched movies
Got high
Worked and understood my job
Women liked me
I had camping trips
Hikes to mountain lakes with friends
I was intelligent
Life was new and exciting
I was skinny — clozapine makes me feel fat
I had deep conversations

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I graduated 3rd out of more than 400 students at my university. Scored a perfect 800 on the SAT maths exam (630 in verbal). I was working on Wall Street for a year then my breakdown happened and I had to return to my home country.

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I was a shy child and anxious teenager passionate about astronomy and art

Then I gradually slid down into sza and went to hospital first time at 18

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I was smoking weed everyday hanging out with friends playing guitar and working

I miss feeling ok but i would live my life differently if i were to be cured

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Did you go to the hospital? Last time i remembered you were having hard time

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Besides some mood symptoms and panic disorder I had a golden childhood.
I don’t have schizophrenia

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@Abdallah yes I just came out today. I was there since Monday in psych ward

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I was happy go lucky. I didnt eat a whole lot so i was skinny. I played a lot of music in a band. I had friends and went out a lot. Thats when i was 24 and still OK. I think around 25 is when i started having symptoms. So 10 years ago. I wasnt really making much money but i was having a great time in life.

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