Personal Blogs on Coping With Schizophrenia
We encourage personal chronicles of schizophrenia through blogs or vlogs. The following are descriptions of a couple of personal blogs focused on the authors' experiences with schizophrenia:
This first blog, titled Stiffen The Sinews, is the journal of a young woman who suffers from schizophrenia. On it, she chronicles her experiences in living with and managing her illness. Many of her postings concern the symptoms of her illness and how she copes with them. Here's an excerpt from one of her postings:
I read my first post this morning, correcting the mistakes, and I've realized that I am able to react differently to my psychosis. It used the be that the only way I could set myself straight was by confirming to others the truth of what was really happening. But now, I recognize my symptoms for what they are and I am emotionally able to refute them! I know that my medication has something to do with it, and I am extremely grateful...My next attempt at overcoming my disease is socialization. I always hallucinate in public...
Stiffen The Sinews
The next blog, titled Bonkers Bob schizophrenia blog, is the blog of a 26-year-old man residing in the UK. His blog features information about his experiences with his illness. He emphasizes staying well, stating that prior to treatment he had spent more than one and a half years in psychiatric wards. Now he sticks to treatment and attempts to live a low-stress life. Here's an excerpt from his blog:
The thrill of being Jesus
I’ve been thinking recently about what my life was like before I decided to ‘get with the program’ and comply with treatment. To an outside observer my life is much better than when I was non-complient, I’ve developed my portfolio of graphic design to a point where I stand a good chance of landing a job in a competitive industry and been able to function at a high level and cope very well with living on my own. But part of me misses the thrill and inflated self esteem of when I’m losing touch with reality and I think I’m part of some cosmic battle and believe I’ve got miraculous powers, all of my most memorable experiences have been when I’ve been psychotic, both positive and negative...I think I’ve come to the realisation that whilst being Jesus is exciting and a massive boost to the ol’ self esteem, it comes at a high price and I’m much better building on my normal low self esteem, then my mind won’t need to be Jesus to cope with life…
…the question is how do I do that?
Bonkers Bob schizophrenia blog
See Also Kristin Bell's Video Blogs:
Kristin's New Video Blog - A Personal View on Schizophrenia
Kristin Bell: A Chronicle of Living With Schizophrenia
If you have a personal schizophrenia-focused blog or vlog you would like us to announce, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted by szwriter at December 13, 2007 08:51 PM
More Information on Schizophrenia Coping
I like Stuarts, Everest blog but for some reason can't leave comments...hopefully if you revamp the site it will get sorted out....unless comments are intentionally blocked on his blog?
Posted by: heywood at December 14, 2007 09:07 AM
Yes - we like Stuart's Everest blog too. We've got a number of significant software problems we're working on right now (first is the discussion area software). After we get that fixed, we'll work on the bug that seems to be a problem on Stuart's blog.
Posted by: SzAdministrator at December 14, 2007 10:20 AM
my youtube site is helping me greatly.
Posted by: Luke Andrew Marsh at December 17, 2007 02:19 PM
I would like to mention that by starting my own video blog it has helped me to get out what was storing up inside and the nursing team at my beck and call each day here have noticed an improvement. out in the public where i'm gaining education and am now getting prompted by the government to get a job through help i will be using the site to produce my opinion work and also to do a monthly report dealing with the issue of my mental health and discipline.
I have made 3 vids so far.
Year it really helps.
I don't know why one should only target at conviincing oneself of recovery surely it would be good to produce other works.
Posted by: Luke Andrew Marsh at December 17, 2007 02:29 PM
Hi there to all the schizophrenics out there!
I have been diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenic. I can't be employed (I am on disability fund) and as a result am still living with my parents. I am very lonely.
The purpose of my illness: I don't know how many of you believe in reincarnation but before i was born the reason why i chose to incarnate into a body with a genetic predisposition to schizophrenia is because i became inmpatient with my journey back to the source (God).
Having schizophrenia means one must be very evolved spiritually because the more one incarnates the more difficult one's lifetimes become.
Now because i may have a lot of negative Karma in suspension (Karema means: the kind of energy you send out will eventually return to you), and i probably would have to have reincarnated 100 000 times in order to expreice the fruits of all my negative actions, i chose to have scizophrenia.
BY having psychological pain i am clearing so much karma that the end result will be that i won't have to live out all those lives and enjoy a more happy live in the higher dimensions(heaven).
How do i cope with the illness: Well i choose to keep myself busy with creative work like playing chess against the computer and building puzzles.
I also like to listen to New World (Age) music which relaxes me, upliftes me and inspires me.
i also like to make use of brainwave entrainmenet which can put one's brain into a theta state which is a very relaxed staed of mind where all emotional pain magically dissapears.
One can also make use of subliminal messages (CD's and videos) in order to reprogram ones subconsious mind (to erase all negative beliefs and replase them with positive believes- our believes create our reality; what you believe is what you get).
I hope you all will benefit from this.
Posted by: Werner at February 14, 2008 06:29 PM
So many things you can read about mental illness. I really feel that everyone has some sort of mental illness no matter to what extent it is. Some people cope with certain situations better than others. I myself have my own struggles. My husband who suffers from Schziophrenia for many years now, years before I had met him. I feel that there are treatments available that either get ignored or society just doesn't care. Needless to say my husband has been on Geodon for several years now, and has managed to keep a job for almost a year now. This is a record, and the longest job he has ever kept. I believe we all have our demons and issues. We all just handle them differently. Pressure, anxiety, and stress can do alot to someones mental state. So can traumatic things that have happened to people over the years. We cannot judge when we cannot even begin to understand.
Wife and friend to my husband
Living and Learning
Posted by: Danna at March 7, 2008 01:59 AM