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Messages for outsiders looking into the forum

We all know that sometimes people that don’t have sz wonder in the forums. What would you like to tell them to help end the stigma?

I would like people to know that we’re not violent. That statistically speaking we’re most likely to be victims of violence than to be the perpetrators.

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People are people so why should it be… that you and I get along… so awfully

We suffer from an illness that is among the least understood regarding human health… we’re sick… not crazy. If it seems like we’re are having a good time… you wouldn’t believe how hard we’re trying to make the best of things.

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I’m special. 151515

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Psychosis is a common experience. There isn’t a bright line between “people like you” and “people like us” - some people experience these things to a greater degree and some people less, some people find it very troubling and some not at all. But nearly everyone is somewhere in the middle.

Everyone here is a human being, just like you.

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Yes I show up naked to the office dinner party…Yes I talk to chipmunks…and Yes I once proposed to an inflatable doll…

But all of this shouldn’t stigmatize me. I’m just like all of you. Kinda…sorta…a little bit.

Okay, OKAY!! I’m not at all like any of you in any way, shape or form. And I’m glad for that. :wink:

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It just comes with the territory. I didn’t even know what schizophrenia was for ten years after first developing symptoms. I just thought schizophrenics were crazy people. How do you think the good priests, and the good cops feel these days? The news media doesn’t make a point to note that a violent criminal was never diagnosed with a mental illness and was just a normal everyday person who flew off the edge . I think that all of us can walk too closely to the edge at times. I think I was born hanging over the edge, so it’s hard to lose what we never really had.

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[quote=“Minnii, post:1, topic:35280”]
What would you like to tell them to help end the stigma?
[/quote]They wouldn’t last a week in my shoes, much less several miles. I have nothing to say. If you judge me, I judge in return. I’m not an inferior to people who are sZ-free.

I’ve tried my best to help out & do my part, but I get cold shoulders everywhere.

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I love to PARTY :smiling_imp: :rabbit: :crown: :cupid:

sorry @Minnii I hate it when people tell me I’m also a human being. the hell I am!!!

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i would like people to know;
watch out for the hamsters :hamster: they are plotting the down fall of humanity !?!
and i am NOT a nutter :chestnut: …but i do like cupcakes and custard filled doughnuts :doughnut:
is that what you meant Minnii Mouse ? :mouse::smiley:
take care :alien:

just trying to be helpful… ::heart:

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we want to get better, we want a normal life

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My momma say I’m special.

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Family members:

  1. Get a copy of this book and read it. Have your entire family read it, too.
    http://www.amazon.com/Surviving-Schizophrenia-6th-Edition-Family/dp/0062268856

  2. Forget about the mass media junk you’ve seen, heard or read. Including all the generalizations. YOUR family member is who THEY are. So observe to notice to recognize to acknowledge to accept THEM as they are. Look to see. Listen to hear.

  3. Observe to notice to recognize to acknowledge to accept to own to appreciate that observation-based boundary setting here and functional empathy and compassion there are what work best with your family member.

  4. If she/he needs a professional intervention, tell me where you live, and I will get back to you with leads to those services.

Sz patients or potential patients:

  1. Get a copy of this book and read it. Have your family read it, too.
    http://www.amazon.com/Surviving-Schizophrenia-6th-Edition-Family/dp/0062268856

  2. Forget all the mass media claptrap you have seen, heard or read. Pay attention to the many things you can learn at schizophrenia.com, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, and the National Institute of Mental Health websites.

  3. Get properly diagnosed by a board-certified psychopharmacologist who specializes in the psychotic disorders. One can find them at…
    https://psychiatrists.psychologytoday.com/rms/

  4. Work with that p-doc to develop a medication formula that stabilizes your symptoms sufficiently so that you can tackle the psychotherapy that will disentangle your thinking. The best of the therapies for that currently include…

DBT – http://behavioraltech.org/resources/whatisdbt.cfm
MBSR – http://www.mindfullivingprograms.com/whatMBSR.php
ACT – https://contextualscience.org/act
10 StEP – http://pairadocks.blogspot.com/2015/04/the-10-steps-of-emotion-processing.html

  1. the even newer somatic psychotherapies like…

MBBT – https://www.newharbinger.com/blog/introduction-mind-body-bridging-i-system
SEPT – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somatic_Experiencing
SMPT – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sensorimotor_psychotherapy

  1. or standard CBTs, like…

REBT – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rational_emotive_behavior_therapy
Schematherapy – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schema_Therapy
Learned Optimism – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Learned_optimism
Standard CBT – http://www.beckinstitute.org/what-is-cognitive-behavioral-therapy/About-CBT/252/

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Well said
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Well siad.151515

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If you have a loved one with sz here are a few resources. I got them from a family member on here who I haven’t seen on here in a long time. I also would like to let you know if you see 151515 or fifteen characters it isn’t an inside joke or anything. The site requires that all of our posts be at least 15 characters long so if we don’t have anything else to say in the comment we use that to fill up the space.

Please look at these sites:
http://www.leapinstitute.org/5 - under resources are free videos on using LEAP
LEAP is a way of communicating to build trust. Listen-Empathize-Agree-Partner.
http://dramador.com/1 - Dr. Xavier Amador is a clinical psychologist whose brother had schizophrenia. He is the founder of the LEAP Institute. Wrote the book: I’m Not Sick I Don’t Need Help! Can buy from his website.
Search Xavier Amador and LEAP on youtube.com and you should find some long videos
http://www.treatmentadvocacycenter.org/index.php - under problems you will see anosognosia
Anosognosia looks like denial but is different.
http://lesswrong.com/lw/e25/bayes_for_schizophrenics_reasoning_in_delusional/1 - helped my understand delusions
http://www.nami.org/ - National Alliance on Mental Illness.
http://www.schizophrenia.ca/ - Schizophrenia Society of Canada
Can also find some very useful information here:
http://schizophrenia.com/

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It’s kinda’ hard to work when you have voices screaming at you.

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I would like to say that I am indeed schizophrenic, but that I think it makes me more human instead of less human.

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There are a wealth of similarities between schizophrenia and other mental illnesses like autism and bipolar. The name only defines the dominant symptoms in the affected person, schizophrenia isn’t separate from these things, especially dangerous or untreatable. Like the others, its part of the person you were born as and can be handled with appropriate coping skills. Stigma increases the likelihood that people will not receive effective treatment, and will continue struggling to cope. Much in the same way people with autism are not retarded, people with schizophrenia are not dangerous.

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dont think of it as schizophrenia just think of it as lots of problems or symptoms that make up this disease in the brain

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