Schizo – what every you call it!
You might wonder what schizophrenia is and what are some of the issues that people with it might have. Today I want to dedicate this blog to issues and casual information about schizophrenia.
First of all, I’ll call it the ‘S’ illness because for personal reasons it would be difficult to say schizophrenia every time I had to say it. So the positive symptoms of the ‘S’ illness involve sensing things that aren’t there, or having body sensations that are not real, or hearing and seeing things that most people don’t. On the other hand what’s called the negative symptoms can involve a numbed out appearance, and emotions that are dull and a need to withdraw. All of these symptoms can come singley or several at a time and can really be a pain when you want to live a successful and productive life.
Many of us with this illness are private about what we hear and see. For me, this is so it doesn’t get to be more of a problem through the increased attention. On the other hand, if I describe some of the dream-like symptoms with friends they can help with the meaning. They can share impressions I hadn’t thought of. Brainstorming with trusted others about some of the content of the pictures and voices can give a deeper understanding into this strange phenomenon.
Suffering in silence happens far too often with the ‘S’ illness. It feels like people pull away from things they can’t understand. It seems like people don’t share their dreams and emotions with the person with the ‘S’ illness. Friends and family are not sure what the person is dealing with or what their limitations are. People leave the person with the ‘S’ illness out of conversations, they don’t try to communicate in ways that the person can relate to.
Talk from the Heart
Communication can help people with the ‘S’ illness. People that are honest and kind can keep clear information flowing in their relationship with the person with the illness. If conversation is too hard they can write letters, poems and e-mails to keep this information flowing. With the right kind of communication you can nip the ‘S’ illness in the bud. Kindness and respect exhibited in healthy ways can overcome the annoying negativity of false information that the ‘S’ illness gives.
Rest is needed by those with this illness. Our brains can regenerate in sleep, we can escape for a while through sleep, we can calm ourselves through sleep. You see, we have to deal with the extra awareness of people that aren’t there, or possibly a God we may not understand, or the often continuing plot line that jabbers away. This dream-like information, in short doses may be of help. Sadly, because it often comes in large quantities, rest and quiet sleep are important to many of us.
How are you?
People assume the illness causes all of our disturbances but we have normal responses to experiences and relationships as well. We may even be extra sensitive at times. Check with us about what is bothering us. Take the time to really find out. Ask questions that may help us articulate our emotions. Chances are that a combination of things in reality and things in a more ethereal or dreamy realm bother us at the same time. By sharing this we can sometimes reduce the stress enough to have less symptoms and feel stronger and happier.
Schizophrenia is an illness that few people understand. I am proud to be able to write about it for the general readership, those who wish to know about it and those who are affected by it. I hope you can relate to these ideas and observations that I have had?
Can friends and family know what it is like?
Most people do have some symptoms of this illness without having it as a full blown illness. Other people may have watched, ‘A Beautiful Mind’, with Russel Crowe. Because of entertainment like this there is more sympathy, understanding and action taken to involve people with the ‘S’ illness and help them feel light, bright and worthy of good things in life.
Posted on March 4, 2013, in Balance, mental health, mental illness, New Age Psychology, Relationships, schizophrenia, youth and tagged anger management, Change, empowerment, mental health, mental illness, positive thinking, schizophrenia, self help, stigma. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.