That was a nice answer waterway, and I’m glad you’re still trying to get what you want. As for being stable for me, it comes and goes. I got out of the hospital in 1982 after an 8 month stay and moved into a nice Residential Treatment Home. I became stable and I figured I would never be hospitalized again. Unfortunately, I relapsed in 1988 and it was terrible and I was hospitalized again several times. I didn’t pull out of it until more than a year later. I became stable once again but I still had bad symptoms.
Much to my surprise, in 2003 or 2004 when I was in my forties, certain symptoms of mine went away! Not all of my symptoms, just some of them, but due to these symptoms going away, my life got a little more manageable and a little more comfortable. So if you heard rumors that people with schizophrenia improve as they get to be forty or fifty, it is certainly true in my case and I know that other older people on here have experienced the same thing.
I just wanted to add that I’m 54 years old and I first got sick in 1980 when I was 19. For the first two years my symptoms were VERY severe and I could barely function. It could take me an hour and a half to get dressed in the morning. I could not work, I could not go to school or make a friend. I had no money. That was in the early eighties.
Today, I have been at my janitor job for four years, I need 4 more classes for my degree and I live independently. I hope you have the same luck as me. Everybodies case of schizophrenia is different, it’s just the luck of the draw but you can take certain steps to improve your condition, which you probably know. Anyway, I didn’t mean to blitz you with a huge post like this but I hope you get something out of it.