Whether it be asthma, diabetes, a learning disability, or mental illness, you can manage it. Working close with your treatment or support team, medication regimen, and strategic alternatives anyone can succeed at leading a positive lifestyle. Here are some tips I use to live with schizophrenia.
First, I follow a customized routine. I learned that taking my medication at night reduces the side effects of medication which is for me, stiffness. Therefore, I take my medication just before I go to sleep.
Second, I am conscious of my illness. Through conversations with my mother I have learned that sometimes I look as though I am in a daze. This is a negative symptom of schizophrenia, which in general is hard to treat. Negative symptoms include lack of speech, lack of facial expression, and lack of expression in voice. While I am having a conversation with someone I try to blink more subtly and move my head so they don't think I am in a daze or not paying attention to what they are saying.
Third, I research information on schizophrenia so I can be proactive and cope with symptoms. For example, I have studied the different types of symptoms and signs of a relapse.
Finally, I am optimistic about my future with this illness. I still have goals I plan on accomplishing and seek additional support to help me handle this illness. I don't let schizophrenia consume me, I handle it.
Thank you for taking the time out to read this post, I appreciate you and hope you will share your knowledge about schizophrenia to others. To learn more about schizophrenia visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) or Schizophrenia Society of Novia Scotia (Canada).