Were you told that you would never function, or go to school, or work, or live independently etc. because of your diagnosis but you did it anyway?
Yup yup yup:
- Never be able to have a career again (whoops!)
- Never be able to get an education (whoops!)
- Unlikely to ever find a mate and get married (whoops!)
- Should give up all expectations of a normal family life (whoops!)
- Should resign myself to living in ‘managed’ conditions (whoops!)
Even Dr. Drew has a better success rate than my first pdoc did with his predictions. l4m3r.
Yeah, you were one of the people I was thinking of when I wrote the question.
Sorry if I jumped in on this too fast. Lots of threads this week where people are busy flopping around in their symptoms. Kind of grasping at any positive straw I can find.
When I was 14 (!) I was told by the pdoc at the state hospital I would never be living outside of an institution. At age 18, I left my father’s apartment and moved into my own. I worked hard to get there, and haven’t looked back.
Is medication the answer. I don’t think theres an answer at all.
The professionals I’ve told about my condition are amazed I function so well and have gone unnoticed by society. Basically they expect me to be a blubbering mess, and I do my best to prove them wrong at every turn doctors aren’t perfect. They’re not always 100 percent right about everything.
At best medication provides a foundation for you to build on. If you choose to build nothing, you will be plenty miserable when winter comes. And winter always comes.
Last words from a hospital Dr - he hoped I’d get a job in a bookstore or library + live a quiet, out of the way life. How depressing. Most of my accomplishments have been internal - I’ve far surpassed the prediction of a bleak life.
Good for you!..
I do have to admit that I do get some help getting through my day. But I’ve been working on beating my doom and gloom prognosis.
I had one doc who told me I wouldn’t be able to handle the stress of school
I wouldn’t be able to handle more then a very light part time job
There was no way I could live without the structure of a group home.
It makes me very angry with myself that I just swallowed that for so long.
yes once…but my lightsaber went off accidently…whoops !?!
take care from the i’m not mad at all
In the sense that 32years ago I was seen as a chronic schizophrenic and earmarked for at best a group home and at worst a long stay ward, then -yes.