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The 7 Schizophrenia Commandments

The 7 Schizophrenia Commandments

While there is no overseeing agency with a rulebook for us to follow, I thought it’d be fun to shoot from the hip and come up with the seven schizophrenia commandments. I’m not sure where this is going, but I believe that spontaneity and improvisation will allow the right ideas to come forth. So without further delay…

1. Keep Your Delusions to Yourself!

Most people dealing with schizophrenia are not dangerous to themselves or others, but the fear is out there in the general public. People are scared of what they don’t understand, understandably! That means we don’t need to give them insight into our private worlds, which they won’t be able to comprehend. Now, I’m not saying that you shouldn’t seek help from medical professionals, family, or friends. But unless they are psychiatrists or psychologists, I wouldn’t tell them the specifics of your delusions. I’d let them know that you were experiencing thoughts and ideas that may not be real, but that’s really all they need to know. People may have knee-jerk reactions and you could find yourself unnecessarily confined to a mental ward or treatment center.

2. Never Harm Yourself or Others!

It should go without saying that we should love ourselves and others, which means we should never cause bodily harm to either. If you’ll keep this commandment in mind, it will help you traverse any hallucination, delusion, or depression. Just never ever hurt yourself! And regardless of how paranoid you become, or how fearful you become for your own safety, it can almost be guaranteed that someone isn’t trying to hurt you. This means there’s no need to defend yourself proactively. Violence is never the answer!

3. Stay Away from Intoxicants, Psychedelics, and Stimulants!

One of the worst things we can do for ourselves is feed our bodies and brains nonsense. We should not use intoxicants. These lower our inhibitions beyond a point where our sensibilities would normally allow. In our special schizophrenic predicament, this is bad news and should be avoided at all cost. Even more importantly, never use psychedelics. These will replicate and possibly worsen your own schizophrenia symptoms. Stimulants such as caffeine and sugar can push anxiety over the edge and have an effect of increasing the probability of hallucinations. Any substance that works on your central nervous system or perceptions that aren’t prescribed by your doctor should be avoided if you want to stabilize and reduce symptomatic expression.

4. Keep a Predictable Schedule!

One of the best ways to reduce anxiety and minimize surprises and unforeseen events that can shake up our symptoms is to keep a very regular schedule. This means waking up and going to sleep at a normal time. This guarantees a solid rest period that occurs at the same time every day. Your brain will thank you for this. Eating meals at normal times of healthy portions will again promise your body its needed nutrients. Exercising, therapy, cognitive-behavioral training, and free-time can be guaranteed every day if you follow a predictable and regular schedule.

5. Never Stop Your Treatment Plan!

Your doctors, counselors, and therapists have studied tons of research on schizophrenia and its treatment. Despite any delusions or paranoia, we all know that nobody goes through all of that schooling and work to mess with people. They all want to help people and earn a nice paycheck. What I’m saying is, you can trust them. They know what they are talking about. So if they put you on a treatment plan and tell you to take specific medications and go to a support group weekly, you should do it. Whatever they set out for you, do it and don’t stop. Relapses do occur but consistent treatment can pretty much make sure it doesn’t happen to you.

6. Find Meaning In Your Illness!

It doesn’t matter how, but you should find meaning in the fact that you are living with schizophrenia. Use your creativity in artwork for the pleasure of others. Dig into spirituality and see if you can grow in that fashion through all of your psychological insights. Teach the public, speak at schools, and do volunteer work. Let your sickness make you more compassionate for others with different problems. Submit yourself to medical research experiments so that those who come after you may have a cure. There are so many reasons that we may have been chosen for this illness, if you believe in that kind of thing. Maybe you chose to have it before being born so that your brother or sister didn’t have to deal with it. Who knows! Find and create your own meaning. It will help life be more fulfilling for you.

7. Have Fun Despite Schizophrenia!

Find meaning and a reason for your suffering, but don’t suffer all of the time! We all can take time off from any aspect of our lives in order to relax and have fun. So watch a good movie, have a good laugh, play an amazing role-playing video game. Read some great science-fiction and fantasy books (or whatever type you like, but my suggestions are good!). Go for a walk in the Autumn air and see the beautiful leaves. Breathe in the crisp breeze as you watch the animals explore the world. Believe in the good, be the good, love life and existence, and smile!

These are the seven schizophrenia commandments that I was able to come up with just now. Can you think of more that should be included? Let us know in the comments and we can expand the list! Thanks for reading Schiz Life!

2 Comments

  1. I am learning how to live with my diagnosis and am learning how to be happy and not think about being sick 24/7. I have undergone two episodes, one at 21 and my second at 24 and am nervous on how this could pan out but stay busy by going on dates often and spending time working and spending time with those that mean a lot to me. Any advice for me will be much appreciated. I don’t want to go through this alone and feel a connection with the posts on this site.

    • Keep doing good things for yourself and others around you, and remember, we are all in this together-those of us with schizophernia and all of those people who have impacted your life and all the lives you have impacted. Stay positive, and never let anyone tell you that you cannot do certain things because of your schizophrenia. Keep going with patience because it will help you and others. Stay patient with the obstacles you will go through with yourselves and others. Follow where your heart mind and soul will take you and live a happy life. And remember you can always accomplish the dreams that you hold closest. Peace and much love. Good luck.

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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

living with schizophrenia
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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