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Schizophrenia Stories

Many people who are interested in schizophrenia want to read first-person and third-person schizophrenia stories.  It’s just part of the curiosity and intrigue of gaining insight into someone else’s experiences.  If a person isn’t schizophrenic then it becomes easily understandable why they would want to read these stories, as they can seem very fantastical.  But the benefit is also present for schizophrenics to realize that they are not alone, that there are others who are living with similar circumstances and realities.

Schizophrenia comes with a wide range of symptoms, depending on the individual and the type of schizophrenia they are dealing with.  It should be surprising, then, to find a wide range of stories available with which to entertain, empathize, and educate.  Many like us have bravely shared their personal, internal world for the sake of benefiting others.  But that doesn’t mean that they don’t desire privacy as well.  For this reason, there will be no real names attached in order to protect these kind individuals.  Let’s start with a tame story that you would expect to hear before digging deeper into more interesting and peculiar ideas.

The Typical Schizophrenia Story

This person, who we shall name Bob, had a childhood to which many of us can relate.  His father was an emotionally absent, psychologically oppressive, and an active alcoholic.  This lent to a very turbulent home environment which caused much anxiety and anger.  Walking on egg-shells was the norm and everyone lashed out at one another for the tiniest things because they couldn’t confront the true source of the problem.

As life continued through elementary, middle, and high school, Bob was exposed to sexual abuse, violence towards himself and others, the mistreatment of animals, and more.  These are not as uncommon as one may expect, but to experience all of these in combination was not conducive to generating a healthy psyche.  The anxiety, obsessive compulsive tendencies, and depression were in full force in Bob by the time he was a teenager.

Bob felt compelled to be top of his class by his own anxious drive, but also in fear of failure for what may happen at home.  Ultimately, he graduated with honors and left home to attend college.  This freedom from being forced to attend four worship services a week and perform 24 hours worth of yard work per weekend allowed time for his own spiritual pursuits and exploration.  This “push-back” of sorts led to experimentation with psychedelics that exposed the latent schizophrenia hidden just beneath the surface.

In what could be considered an acute psychotic break, Bob experienced depersonalization, derealization, panic attacks, and was officially diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder co-morbid with major depression.  He was having delusions of reference, synchronicities, and psychic experiences as well.  What Bob thought was hallucinogenic persisting perceptual disorder (HPPD) actually turned out to be the onset of schizophrenia, which became more obvious as paranoia set in as well.

Attempting to self-diagnose and self-treat the wrong illnesses turned out to be okay in this situation, because Bob spent a long time pursuing growth, spirituality, and meaning in his suffering.  This experience ultimately led to him becoming a better functioning person in every possible avenue of life.  But now that it is more clear what is going on, Bob is taking advantage of medication to prevent a relapse and has taken part in cognitive behavioral therapy to fix his “stinking thinking.”  All is well with Bob now, as a fully recovered schizophrenic!

Angelic Languages and Celestial Music

This individual, hence forth called Jon, has an interesting schizophrenia story.  But rather than tell the entirety of it, I will share a specific delusion that grew to some complexity.  Jon is one of the nicest, tender-hearted people you could meet.  But he struggled with some difficulty with visual hallucinations.  He would witness his field of vision melt like wax, or have the constant appearance of a woman in the background, lingering and offering commentary.  Time progressed and like most schizophrenics, Jon decided to explore this delusion and see where it would take him.

This woman, as it turns out, was no ordinary woman, but an angel.  She was a celestial being from a realm of goodness and light who meant to slowly reveal a truth to Jon surrounding the constant struggle between good and evil.  Why Jon was sensitive, receptive, and chosen to be the bearer of this information was unknown to him, but the awe of the experience out-shined the need to have all of the answers.  This relationship with the angelic woman, who’s name I do not recall, continued for years.

After being a friend and supporter for Jon for over a year, he decided to show me a notebook that he had been using to record this transmission of information from the angel.  Many of these concepts and names could not be expressed in any human language, so his first lesson was to learn how to speak/sign the angelic language and write the script.  He spoke fluently in this language, which involved speaking in combination with hand signs.  One syllable could mean an entirely different thing when spoken to different hand signs.  It was elaborate and complex, enough to make you wonder.  The hand-written script was also very foreign, but resembled characters found in many of the human languages on Earth.  He claimed that all of our languages were derived from this primary language.  He also was taking notes on the details of the coming apocalypse, the final clash between these forces of right and wrong.

This was not a harmful delusion.  It did not interfere with Jon’s life, and he was not totally convinced of it’s veracity.  He did enjoy entertaining the idea, though, because it was a great story and very intricate like the high fantasy novels of the great authors.  He had angelic family trees, hierarchies, and even had transcribed the melodies of the angelic choruses.  I’m thankful he shared this with me, for it is all very fascinating and I still think about it to this day.

Demonic Harrassment

In the same vein as Jon’s story, Alan and Chris both experienced delusions and hallucinations of spiritual significance, but instead of being visited by angels, they were plagued by demons.

Alan was raised in a Christian belief system and would hear demons threatening him and cursing the name of the lord.  You could consider this a form of scrupulosity, I once witnessed Alan at a very critical moment at the peak of an episode of intense hallucination.  The voices were threatening to harm him and became so frightening that he panicked and fled.  But he was so out of it at the moment that he ran right into a door and knocked himself backwards onto the floor.  He had also wet himself in fear.  These hallucinations can be benign, but have the potential to be absolutely horrifying.

Chris was raised in a Islamic home and was a devout muslim.  Chris would constantly twist his tongue upside down and then bite on it.  His jaw was in constant motion as he did this inside of his mouth.  I eventually asked him why it was he was doing that, assuming that it was an obsessive compulsive activity.  He said that it was, but he was compelled to do it because it was the only thing that kept the Djinn (genie) that was crawling up the backside of his head and down his face at bay.  It pushed it back down his neck, but it was constantly crawling back up.  For those that don’t know, a djinn is a fire demon in the Islam faith.

Conclusion

Why these two gentlemen were harassed by demons rather than visited by angels, I do not know.  Everyone’s experiences are vastly different, which makes these schizophrenia stories all the more interesting.  Some people have fairly timid symptoms while others must seek help in everyday functioning, sometimes living in an assisted living center.  Some recover fully, and some do not.  The stories are as different and various as are the personalities and lives of each individual.

If you have a story you’d like to share, please feel free to tell us about it in the comments.

4 Comments

  1. I wrote a musical about schizophrenia based on my life (plus a little poetic license). I am recovered from my experiences. We recently filmed a workshop/performance of scene 1 and would like your help in answering a 3-question survey based on the film. If you would like to help you can view the show at the website (click on link at the bottom of home page) What’s Upstairs? the Musical. Thank you.

  2. Alice, this is amazing! I’m going to take the time to explore your website and watch whatever footage and answer any surveys I can. Thanks for sharing, and best of luck with your project 🙂

  3. I have been diagnosed with scitzophrenia. I have lived with the condition for twelve years, It gets tough at times,,,hearing voices and there are times when I feel completely normal

  4. Such powerful and opposing experiences! My wife has schizoaffective disorder (schizophrenia and bipolar rolled into one) and life can be very interesting at times.

    We have a blog at http://www.queenslandmentalhealth (feel free to remove the url if you want – i understand) where we write about all things to do with her illness and treatment. She has had exceptional results from ECT. It really is the only thing that is able to “break” her illness once it’s up and out of control. Once whe’s well she only needs small doses of Clozaril and Zeldox to stay well but when she has a full blown episode the ECT is the only thing to work.

    No Doctors have been able to explain this so we don’t have a clue either but we know it works

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If you require further assistance, please don't hesitate to contact us at Schiz Life. We are here to serve the needs of the schizophrenia community and are happy to do so!

Schiz Life - Living With Schizophrenia

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For many of us, living with schizophrenia is our reality. And instead of struggling with the wish of how things “could be,” we finally come to an acceptance of our predicament and ultimately we embrace the fact of our lives: We are people dealing with schizophrenia. So then the question becomes not “Why” we suffer from this illness, but “How” we will cope and continue to enjoy our lives. We certainly will not give up! We have every right to demand the niceties, freedoms, and enjoyments of life to which all living creatures are entitled. This is what Schiz Life is all about.

Mission Statement Concerning Schizophrenia Information and Culture

Schiz Life serves to…

  • • Provide a safe haven for persons who wish to converse, cope, and share their experiences with schizophrenia in a positive manner in an attempt to celebrate the beauty of life, especially concerning our unique perspective on existence.
  • • Provide the highest quality of information concerning our psychological difficulties, including a frame of reference on the symptoms, treatment, history, and the future of schizophrenia.
  • • Take corrective action to dispel the myths and stigma surrounding schizophrenia, such as false ideas surrounding the cause, associations with violence, and others, all being perpetuated by the media by providing truth through scientific research and statistics.

Schiz Life intends to achieve this goal in the following manner:

The Schiz Life Schizophrenia Action Plan

  1. 1. We will continue to take advantage of internet outreach, contacting news agencies and other medical bloggers in hopes that they will join us in raising awareness of schizophrenia.
  2. 2. We will continue to promote this website through video and media outlets, including the dissemination of informational videos and graphics such as the first official schizophrenia infographic.
  3. 3. We will all contribute where possible off-line, including at health expo’s, psychology conferences, and any other relevant opportunity to spread the good word.

Thank You for Your Part in the Schizophrenia Journey!

We all thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for playing your role in the developing journey surrounding schizophrenia awareness and research. With all of our combined efforts, we will change the way the world perceives this illness and we will advance the medical efforts of professionals in their search for a cure and effective medicines. Thank you again!

Do Your Part!

Do you know of a great schizophrenia resource out there? Let us know! Do you see a person in need inside the comments of this site? Lend them some advice or encouragement! Are you a graphic designer or artist? Show us your work and I'm sure we can find some way to include your skills here on the site. Are you a writer who would like to contribute to the site? Shoot us an email and we'll discuss it. This site is for all of us and excludes none of us. Contact us for any reason and get involved!

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Try This Quick Schizophrenia Mini-Quiz:

This is but a quick quiz to test your general knowledge of schizophrenia. If you would like to take the extended and in-depth quiz, venture over to our Schizophrenia Quiz page and see just how much you know! Try the Schizophrenia Test to gauge your symptom levels.

Schizophrenia Quiz Directions: Please select the correct answer for each question and then press the button below to grade your quiz.

1. What is the term for perceiving stimuli that doesn't exist?




2. Which is NOT a type of schizophrenia?




3. Which of the following is a symptom of schizophrenia?




4. How common is schizophrenia in the general population?




5. Who can diagnose a case of schizophrenia?




6. How can schizophrenia be treated?




7. Are the causes of schizophrenia genetic or environmental?




8. What is the most common age of onset?




9. Catatonia is categorized as what type of symptom?




10. Is Schiz Life the best website about schizophrenia?




 

Show me the answers!

 

Question 1: The correct answer is the Hallucination.
Question 2: The correct answer is Hyperlipid.
Question 3: The correct answer is All of the Above.
Question 4: The correct answer is 1%.
Question 5: The correct answer is A Doctor.
Question 6: The correct answer is All of the Above Should Be Used.
Question 7: The correct answer is Both.
Question 8: The correct answer is 25.
Question 9: The correct answer is Negative.
Question 10: The correct answer is DON'T BE A PARTY POOPER!.
You answered them all right! Good job! You know a little something about schizophrenia, don't you!

 

How To Use This Site

If you're brand new to this site, it might look overwhelming until you get a sense of where things are at.  Schiz Life is a content-based site, much like a newspaper or a magazine.  However, we focus strictly and solely on schizophrenia.  So where does all of this content reside?  We have decided to separate our articles into several categories, as described below:

Basics

This category will be of the most interest to those who wish to gain a very broad but shallower overview of the entirety of the academic view of schizophrenia.  We cover all of the topics you'd expect to find in an abnormal psychology text book here, and at a similar depth.  It is a great introduction to this illness and will guide you further along into deeper topics.

Knowledge

We cover various angles such as statistics, research, and more factually based views of schizophrenia and place them in this category.  One could say that it is almost a repository for article that don't fit into the other categories, but it is more than that.  Go check it to find out more!

Treatment

The name says it all.  This category of content covers all topics related to the treatment and prevention of schizophrenia and its relapses.  We've started with the empirically sound and scientifically backed methods first, but we intend to venture into more holistic and alternative therapies as well.  Without investigating all options, progress wont' be made, and so we do.

Symptoms

There are countless symptoms involved in schizophrenia. We cover them in depth in this category, including the positive (outward) and negative (inward) symptoms of every type of this disorder.  There is much to read here, so if a particular symptom is giving you or a loved one trouble, this is the place to go and learn more about it.

Coping

What use is all of this information when we simply don't feel good enough to read it and learn?  The category for coping provides many ideas that you can apply to your own life to help you maintain the best health possible, physically, psychologically, and spiritually.  Schizophrenia is a mental illness that some of us simply cannot escape, but we can learn to live with it, minimize its problematic aspects, and take advantage of some of the aspects it unlocks within us that others don't have!

Culture

Let's face it.  People are afraid of what they don't understand.  This category addresses the cultural issue of schizophrenia and it's impacts on the way we are treated or perceived by the masses.  It is up to us to represent ourselves in the best light and to combat the myths and misunderstandings that exist in the world concerning our plight.  Learn about these issues here and apply them in your lives!

Spectrum

There are other classifications of illnesses that are very closely related to schizophrenia.  The only differences might just be a research label actually, but we have found it useful to place these articles in a category of their own.  We deal with schizophreniform and psychosis disorders and their respective symptoms here.

Spirituality

While the medical community deals with schizophrenia as a psychological or physical disorder of the brain, those of us who actually experience it know it is much more.  It is a philosophical, spiritual, metaphysical, and mythological issue.  Coming to terms with this, confronting it, integrating it, and reconciling it leads to much higher functioning not only as an individual diagnosed with schizophrenia but as a member of society in general.  We have a deeper access to this aspect of life and have a great opportunity for learning and healing.

Artwork

Many of us past and present have chosen to express ourselves through the arts.  Whether this is painting and drawing, poetry, dancing, or any other artform, it is healthy and beautiful.  We are writing biographies, displaying artwork, and welcoming submissions from our own community to be included here in this category!  Please submit if you have something to share!

News

The internet has opened up the world.  There is a constant flow of news concerning our illness but you wouldn't know it by watching the television.  We cover new research topics, treatment modalities, and nationwide and worldwide coverage of schizophrenia or incidents related to it in this category!

Other Items

We have also included other items of interest throughout our website.  For instance, we are producing a series of infographics to help educate the public on this topic.  We also are collecting and reviewing books concerning the illness.  In addition, we have created a directory for the United States of all treatment facilities and hospitals that have staff that are trained to work with schizophrenia cases.  Please look around and find these sections and more.

Disclaimer

There is something that was slightly mentioned in the footer of the site, but that could be overlooked easily so we felt it was the responsible thing to do to create a large disclaimer to be displayed here on the homepage.  This has to do completely with safety.  Let us explain.

Individual Uniqueness

unique individualEvery individual on this planet is a unique person.  Even more so, those of us dealing with this special psychological difficulty are even more unique, if that makes sense.  On this site, we are talking about one of the most complex brain mysteries ever and it expresses itself through every person differently.  Every case is going to have it's own peculiarities and all we are able to do in the articles on the site is speak in generalities.  We invite anyone to leave appropriate comments and engage in discussion, however we can't take responsibility for their words.  Nor can we take responsibility for the actions of any individual or group who have at one time or another visited our website.

Always Consult a Medical Professional

medical professionalIf you find yourself in a situation where you're trying to learn more about your condition or are trying to cope through a moment of crisis, please do not act upon any of the information listed on this site, whether in the main content or comments, without first corroborating the accuracy of the info with a medical professional first.  Reach out to a general practitioner, psychiatrist, psychologist, or counselor.  Even then it's always helpful to have a second opinion from a separate professional as well.  Again, we must stress... always act with safety as the foremost concern, and this means consulting professionals before engaging in any practice intended to treat your condition.

Please Be Considerate About Delusions

delusion discussionWe understand that delusions can be very confusing and convincing.  We also understand that delusions can center around topics that simply are too philosophical to be proven wrong or correct and thus are tempting to explore in-depth.  We have no problem with this exploration as long as it is not harmful to those discussing it.  Please use your best discretion in this regard.  If the staff of Schiz Life step in and begin deleting comments or halting a conversation, please respect their decision and understand it is not personal.

Investigating delusions is encouraged.  Delusions are interesting due to their nature of being understood as strange and outside the norm of the culture of the experiencer, but there is a vast number of individuals visiting this site from many cultures.  There is a subtle difference between discussing these topics, and encouraging or trolling.  Please find that balance and abide by the above suggestions.

We also, under no circumstances, will tolerate anyone discussing or suggesting harming themselves or others.  Past-tense symptom discussion in this regard is fine, but nothing in the future tense will be allowed.

General Discussion Guidelines

We encourage discussion in the comments as much as possible and are looking into offering a forum and personal blogs as well.  In all of these mediums when carrying on conversation, there are some useful questions to ask yourself before posting that comment or response.

The main question to ask yourself is the following:

Is what I'm about to post going to help and support or will it further entrench illness and suffering?

Please consider this as you enjoy Schiz Life.  Try not to post angry or hurtful comments.  Try not to criticize or blame others.  Be as supportive, encouraging, and respecting as you can.  Accepting and negotiating differences is key to carrying on constructive conversation.

Remember, there is a real person on the other side of the screen.  It's easy to assume the other person is in a similar situation as yourself, but you don't know the extent of their emotions, symptoms, nor their age or even gender.

Let's Do This Together!

Let's have a supportive and comforting community where we all feel open and able to share as much as possible.  If you receive support from someone, please pay that forward and try to help out someone else.  If we all do this, we should all be okay!  Thank you for reading and enjoying this thing we are building together.

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