my dad wants me to go to peer to peer groups. I told him there is only like 1 out of 100 people that are sz, and what are the odds they would go to group? I said it would most likely be bipolars in there. I’ve never been to a group, has anybody been to groups before? and was there schizophrenics in there or was it something else?
I went to a group and people were just moaning about things with no advice coming from the facilitator.
I was the only Schizophrenic there. Some people didn’t even have a proper diagnosis of anything.
I have tried multiple support groups. I have only found 1 other person with schizophrenia. I was told people who are on the extreme end of bipolar also can have hallucinations.
To me, as long as they have some similar frustrations, I find groups to be helpful.
I don’t want any help from other people. I rely on myself. Other humans can annoy me. Especially if I have to listen to them blabber on.
Groups are okay but you’re not gonna find a lot of schizophrenics. Just people suffering with bipolar. I’ve had both, they aren’t even in the same league. When I was bipolar the worst thing was “oh, I’m sad” now it’s something more like “well, I better disconnect all the cable wires in the neighborhood to stop the space men from killing me in my sleep.” I prefer just being sad.
Well, I go to two groups a week, and it’s rare for anyone to disclose their diagnosis. The groups are provided by my psychiatric care provider, so everyone in the room has a mental illness of some sort.
I found that it depends one group I went to had like no schiz. But another had several. I still dont feel like they really helped me that much.
I have been in groups with other schizophrenics before. Some of them chose to talk about symptoms at group level. More power to them, but I choose not to tell anyone my diagnosis. IDK. I haven’t been there for awhile but I remember I said a couple of funny things and most of the group laughed. Normally, I don’t like groups but this one wasn’t bad.
The groups I’ve been in were mainly dual diagnosis, which spanned from 1993-2005.
It took a while before I would even speak up, but I made quite a few friends there.
It was nice having others who could relate to MI.
My city has many support groups that I go to. One is specifically for schizophrenia and there’s many different levels of functioning there. About 4-5 usually attend, sometimes more. Then there’s the class which has all mental illnesses and many people there are bipolar though some are sz or sza. I can relate to everyone a lot since many use similar mental health services and have similar struggles. I also go to a women’s group which is fun. The group I went to hosted by NAMI has more unmedicated cases. I made friends and learned a lot, so I really recommend support group! Plus it’s only once a week or so so it’s not really that big of a commitment.
I attended Recovery International Groups for several years. They were helpful. Good to have something helpful to do. I made a lot of friends. I was the only schizophrenic. I ended up wanting to take over. I found the Recovery method inadequate for my SZ.
I’ve been playing with the thought of going to group. Don’t know why,but I’m afraid I’ll be the only schizophrenic there. Would love to find others with the same diagnosis to discuss things.
East Tennessee here…
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