When my illness was made known, everybody (i.e. psychiatrist, therapist, mother, treatment team) suggested that I make a change and to take things slow for a little while. Therefore, I did not work for the first year after my diagnosis, and I applied for Supplemental Security Income. In the meantime I participated in a clubhouse for young adults and I was fortunate to return to school for one class.
Making the change was challenging for me, because I am used to juggling so many different activities. After it is said and done, I am glad I took a break. I had the opportunity to learn me all over again.
Now it has almost been two years this summer since my diagnosis. I am getting back into the hang of things. I plan on completing the marketing internship I am currently involved in, and going back to school part-time soon.
If you have recently been diagnosed with schizophrenia I strongly encourage you to take things slow until you feel comfortable doing the things you used to do again. However, I am no doctor so I also want you to talk to your doctor before making any sudden changes such as working again. Taking things slow really worked for me initially after my diagnosis and for my recovery, it may work for you too, give it a try.