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Seen an old post I loved

It was asking if you have achieved anything since your diagnosis? I feel it’s a good way to look at the positive no matter how small you might think it is.

For me, I quit drinking daily. Now I drink maybe once a month. I started college. I also had the courage to see a psychiatrist after I figured out I had schizophrenia. It only took a year and a half of psychosis until I realized something was wrong. :grinning:

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Congrats!! :slight_smile:

I’ve learned to be more understanding of other people’s struggles. No one has it easy in this world.

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That’s an amazing thing to accomplish! I feel less sympathetic now. Still non-judgemental though.

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Well I drank a lot even after diagnosis, but in December 2016 I quit drinking for good. Also a lot of transcendental stuff but that’s hard to explain

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That’s amazing you have been able to quit for good. That’s my goal. I usually slip once a month.

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The key is that you don’t see yourself as having failed for slipping up once, but see the good you did for all those days you didn’t slip up. That’s what helped me

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I managed to quit smoking weed. I smoked way too much, and I was completely addicted.

I’ve learned to be more patient, and I’ve also gotten better at setting boundaries. I’ve learned to treat myself better, and I’m starting to find my own voice.
When my symptoms were at their worst, I lost all the ability to think for myself and have opinons of my own because I was in an abusive relationship and saying “Whatever you want, honey” or “I don’t know” was easier than disagreeing and having the other person throw a fit.

I’ve been learning to avoid stress-factors too.

All in all, I’m happy with my progress. I still feel like I could have done more when it comes to reducing my negative symptoms, but I want to acknowledge that every little step counts.

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we were talking about that at the mental health rally today, catching these illnesses early at school and making more people aware of it so that they know that its ok to talk about these things,

i kept things to myself for far too long, in all honesty i should have got help at 15yrs old, incidentally the figures for MI were 50% get it from about the age of 15 which i found intriguing.

you are lucky it was such a short time, i got diagnosed at 22

I am so glad you got out of a toxic relationship. It’s amazing that you found your voice. Sounds like you’ve had a lot of growth. That’s amazing!

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I am sorry to hear it took so long for you to get diagnosed! I am glad that you eventually did so you can get the help you need.

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