Emotional Pain

Schizoaffective Disorder, Depression and Anxiety: The Story of My Life

I have Depressive-Type Schizoaffective Disorder, so feeling sad and hopeless is somewhat normal for me. Unlike Bipolar-Type, which has cycles of manic “up” periods and depressive “low” periods, I just feel the “lows” along with my psychosis. Add in with that intense anxiety and you get an idea of what I go through on a…

Psychosis is a four letter word

Schizoaffective Disorder: My Strategy for Handling Psychosis

Being that I am not a doctor, this article is purely based on what I have researched, advice from my doctors and my own experiences. If you are experiencing psychotic episodes for the first time, consult a professional. What is Psychosis? The organization Rethink Mental Illness, in the article “Psychosis – What is psychosis?” defines…

Stigma

An Open Letter to the People of the Web About Schizophrenia

I glanced over an article called “Schizophrenia: the most misunderstood mental illness?” today and saw a short reference to an experiment that Rethink Mental Illness did about Schizophrenia. They Googled the words “Schizophrenic’s should” and were shocked by what suggestions came up. I decided to do it for myself. I was a little shocked too.…

Happiness and hope

9 Ways I Know Schizoaffective Disorder Isn’t Beating Me

To put it mildly, living with Depressive-Type Schizoaffective Disorder with an Anxiety Disorder is a challenge. The constant cycling through symptoms is enough to drive you loopy – Depression, Anxiety, Panic Attacks and Psychosis. I have become sick of being sick. Dealing with this illness for so many years has made me angry and fearful,…

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Ableism and Social Stigma – My Story

I learned a new word the other day. Ableism. Ableism is a form of discrimination or social prejudice against people with disabilities… Similar to many of the assumptions underlying the medical model of disability amongst many clinicians, the “ableist” societal world-view is that the able-bodied are the norm in society, and that people who have disabilities must either strive to become that…