Remission is actually about functioning, not being recovered, to be technical. I was in remission (not letting symptoms guide my behavior) before being recovered (symptom-free). I have been symptom-free for about 6 months but in remission since September of last year. When I got on a little higher dose of Geodon and xanax and propanolol, I became symptom-free. Before I still had some paranoia and hallucinations now and then during the day before I got on all three meds, but the thing is, I was making straight A’s and never cut class or got drunk, which was the opposite of what I had been doing the last semester (cut class two whole days a week, got drunk every night and made 3 B’s and two A’s).
Now I am both in remission and fully recovered, I function physically, socially and academically (all A’s, lots of time with different friends and powerlifting).
The thing is, recovery and remission don’t mean the end of the whole story- I am prepared for a spontaneous relapse, I keep in mind that it is very possible for my meds to quit working. However, I take it day by day and don’t get myself into overly stressful situations and live a balanced lifestyle, so I dont exactly expect a relapse, but I have been close- for example, if I try to lift too heavy I get some psychosis for a minute due to the stress, and if I feel overwhelmed with work I also get psychotic for an afternoon, but I avoid that by not taking too many upper division classes at once.
For example, I was performing an exercise wrong and panicked a little and the for 30 seconds, the people in the gym were all talking about me. Another example- I bought the textbook for a class which had a terribly rated professor, a syllabus the size of a book and a lab. When I bought the book, I started hearing voices and returned that book and dropped the class immediately.