I am more irritable since my diagnosis. Why?
I get along with my little brother but not with my middle brother. I used to be able to ignore him before my sz but now I can’t. My little brother ignores me when we have an argument but the other one fights physically. His psychological problems aren’t compatible with my schizophrenia. We don’t get along. I was like my little brother when I was young, ignoring fights.
I am more irritable since my diagnosis. Why?
"Aggressive behavior and impulsivity are often found in paranoid schizophrenia and can occur during both acute and chronic phases of the illness. Impulsivity is defined as action without planning or reflection, and it seems to be related to a failure of behavioral filtering outside of consciousness.
Patients with schizophrenia may show dysfunctional impulsivity and impulsive aggression. Although the neurobiological aspects of aggression in patients with schizophrenia are still not well understood, impulsivity and aggression may correlate with frontal and temporal brain abnormalities"
I feel as stupid as my middle brother bcz of my sz. I used to be as smart as my little brother ignoring fights. We just had a fight, our parents separated us.
I am more irritable without meds but still irritable with meds. Sucks.
Do you work out? I find training strenght a couple of times each week makes me much more calm and collected. I only do about 50 minutes 2 times each week and it makes a world of difference.
I don’t have motivation but I use a step counter to count my steps in the house. Sometimes I pace back and forth in the house.
How do we fix these?
That’s good. Everything helps. I find it’s a good idea to play some music I like when I work out, and also I don’t train with heavy weights. I warm up with 2kg manuals and then go to 5kg manuals. It’s not very heavy, but it’s incredible the difference it makes. And I never train to the point where I start to dread the next excersise. I just keep it on a comfortable level. Almost make it something to look forward to. I know it’s hard to get started though.
I listen to music all day, otherwise I sleep all day.
Irritability is not spoken about often here. I think its bcz ppl think its a personality flaw but I can see my middle brother having it as part of his personality unlike me where it started with my schizophrenia diagnosis. Also its treatment resistant and little is known about it so ppl just give up and not talk about it.
I know I would become irritable if i stopped working out or going out for walks. Or if I got in to a negative spiral of thoughts. I think irritability is a trait that every human has. Everyone would get irritable under certain conditions. I guess the best thing to do is try to find activities that lessens the irritability, which I know can be extremely hard to do when on ap’s that take away motivation. It’s a bad circle. I am on a restricted internet so I am unable to read the article you posted at this time, or else I might have had something to say about it, sorry.
You’re right. People who have irritability in their personality are functional in life unlike me. In my case not being able to do anything and staying in bed all day everyday is the cause and not my personality. I can know ppl’s personalities and know that mine doesn’t have irritability.
Is your sex drive normal on Zyprexa? I have no sex drive on Risperdal and that’s making me more irritable as I can’t release tension. I will ask my pdr today, apt in 5h, to switch me to Zyprexa. I had more energy on Zyprexa back in 2016-2017 than now on Risperdal.
It’s kind of absent. I’d say it’s about 10-20% of what it was before ap’s. My libido is basically not working.
I’m very irritable too. Get tempted many times to snap at my husband. Dunno if it’s the sza or bpd, maybe both…
I talked about the irritability before here, but didnt have many answers… I ended up by thinking i am alone on this…
Aziz, i suffer from it too and this, since 30 years in fact I boil inside of me around people very, very often… I used to feel bad about this, but now i pardoned myself. I have a poor support from my family, so its a bit normal too, we are humans in pain … My meds never helped my irritability in fact, i ignore it why… What i do now is trying to ignore this and just do some minimum of activity in order to get a happier life. But my state is as bad as yours… I often cant even move here in the evenings, i dont go out in the center city since 10 years, i do almost nothing… Me too i pace lol… But i believe that we can get over this too. Just seek the pleasure too and dont be hard on yourself. I wonder if we got some personality disorder besides the sz?
I am sure it would be worse on Risperdal. Everyone here says Risperdal is the libido killer and some have erectile dysfunction from it.
Risperdal lowers testosterone, causes mens boobs and increases prolactin, some males lactate from it I read.
Well…I don’t know the definition of erectile dysfunction completely. I mean I can get it to work, but it usually takes nudity or close contact or whatever to get a reaction which is pretty subnormal I imagine.
It’s hard to get off the bat with someone if you are unable to get your libido to work before it comes to that point.
And it’s dose dependent too. I’m on a low dose of 5mg now. When I was on 20 my libido was non existent. On 10 it was pretty bad too.
On Risperdal I need porn and even then its only once every 2 weeks.
CBT and therapy. I’ve had to learn to recognize when I’m irritable, work out why I’m irritable, and to get myself down off the ledge. Challenging at first, but becomes easier with practice.