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Re: Schizophrenia - just been diagnosed. Support? pretty_paints

Posted by xbunny on February 15, 2006, at 5:08:27

In reply to Schizophrenia - just been diagnosed. Support?, posted by pretty_paints on February 14, 2006, at 12:03:24


> I've just been diagnosed (yesterday) with Schizophrenia. I don't know how I feel about that at the moment. Is there anyone who has a similar diagnosis on this board?

A few years after ago after seeing the community psychiatric team for many years I was also told my diagnosis was schizophrenia. When I received the diagnosis it was a very matter of fact, off hand remark that I got whilst talking about my DLA claim to my psychiatrist and CPN ("oh you have schizophrenia, theres really no doubt about it, we have regarded you as having it since we met you."). The statement meant very little to me and to this day it doesnt have much impact. Being told my diagnosis didnt change my treatment nor change my life in any significant way.

> My doc says I have a very untypical case, that it is Schizophrenia, but it doesn't fit into either one of the categories very well. It is mostly like Paranoid Schizophrenia she says, but not completely.

I think I also am an unusual case, I am married, I hold a job, own a house, have only been hospitalized once. I lead a fairly normal life which as the years pass is getting steadily more and more normal.

> I am on Clozapine at the mo. It is making me put on a crazy amount of weight, 3 or 4 stone.

I take depixol (not the injections), pericyazine and mirtazapine. It has taken me quite some time to find this combination but I have been on it over a year now and am doing very well. So well in fact that I dont really think about my mental illness very much at all these days. Sure I still get paranoid and see and hear things. But these things seem very minor. My aspirations and interest in life have returned and the torture of psychosis seems a vague and dim memory which is fading still. I hope by the time I am 30 (Im 28) that the only reminder of mental illness will be taking the tablets.

I hope you are doing well and good luck with the clozapine.

Best regards Bunny




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