Monday, February 23, 2009

Take Things Slow

Prior to my diagnosis of schizophrenia I was very active in school and extracurricular activities. I played a role in cross country, an internship, AWANA church program for youth, and school. Eventually, my illness interrupted my studies and I was forced to drop out of school temporarily due to the stresses of school, finances, and life changes. I worked for a little while until my illness took that opportunity away from me too when I had a nervous breakdown.

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.


As Lovers Go said...

I really enjoy your blog. My brother has been diagnosed with Schizophrenia, takes his meds, but refuses to talk about it. Canada's mental health care system lacks and he is struggling. You are amazing

Anonymous said...

I'm not a newcomer to SZA, but your advice to go slow is sound advice. I was 17 my first "break." I had to build myself from a young age. I didn't have the opportunity to go slow. Back then, the "system" pushed and pushed. I'm glad they did, because I surely needed it.

I read somewhere that even the slug made it to the ARK.

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