December 11, 2007

Stress and Schizophrenia: How Do You Deal?

Hi Everyone! It is me, Kristin, again!

Since some of us are people living with schizophrenia, I wanted to talk about different ways of dealing with stress in day to day life. In these first two videos I talk about the stress of "normal" living as opposed to how we live when we are fully psychotic. In the first video I discuss basic living issues that we need to keep in mind: eating, taking meds, sleeping, bathing, not doing drugs or alcohol, the kind of stuff every doctor will remind you about.

In the second video, I talk about some things that I like to do to keep my stress-free bank account high, so when something takes a hit on my happy bank account, the effects will not be to terrible or long-lasting.

Also, please feel free to share in the comments what kinds of things you like to do to help you deal with stress in your day to day life! I feel it is important for those of us living with schizophrenia to be tuned into how stress shapes our lives, because if we undergo too much stress we can often find ourselves in a bad position with more symptoms.

Please check out these links with more info. on coping with schizophrenia:

Mental and Physical Exercise Helps in Schizophrenia

Playing Soccer To Alleviate Symptoms

Intimacy: An Important Aspect of Recovery


Great videos..keep up the good work!

Posted by: Heywood at December 10, 2007 03:09 PM

My brother has schizophrenia i don't know what the whole thing is, but i've been told it is something you can not cure completely. i don't know if that's true but if it is i don't know what i'm going to do because i haven't seen my brother for over 9 years now and i miss him a lot. I hope they find a cure for everyone that has it because i hope that maybe one day i'll get to see my brother.

Posted by: kate landry at December 11, 2007 11:27 AM

I don't want to be cured i like who i am a psychosis isn't too bad you learn though experiance how to cope.But, i also wouldn't wish a mental illness on anyone you sort of get suck in a system an you can't get out.

Posted by: terratag at December 11, 2007 12:08 PM

How do I deal with stress?
I listen to calming music such as the ocean or classical music

Posted by: Elizabeth Grabowski at December 11, 2007 02:26 PM

I listen to my counselor to help me with my stress and I take my medication every day and I take it about the same time every day, so that I feel the same every day thus better control of symptoms and less of a roller coaster effect when it comes to symptoms and medication times being messed up thank you...

Henry V.

Posted by: Henry Victory at December 12, 2007 07:45 AM

my names nick and ive hadschizophrenia, ocd major depression, and psychosis for 8 years
whats help profundly in my case was seeing an orthomolecular dr by the name Dr. Abram Hoffer ive seen a complete 180 with is all, also i belong to a group called DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy)by marcia linehan and we learn skiils on how to cope with stress mentael illness it blows me away how help full

Posted by: NICK at December 13, 2007 05:37 PM

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