TIPS AND TRICKS
- DON'T FEED YOUR DELUSIONS: One distorted thought pops into my head and instead of ignoring it I analyze it. I let it grow into something more by continuing to feed its poor intentions. I let one thought unravel into the next until its become another full blown psychotic episode. In order to stop your delusions from taking over try your best to ignore your delusions. At most challenge them and prove your false beliefs wrong. In order to stay well don't feed your delusions.
- TAKE YOUR MEDICATION: If you are prescribed medication be sure to take it. You are prescribed it for a reason to help stabilize the chemicals in your brain. Take it when you're feeling well, take it when you are feeling mentally ill. Trust me, it's in your best interest.
- DON'T LET STIGMA EFFECT YOU: The stigma associated with schizophrenia leads to frequent misrepresentations in the media which help to perpetuate negative stereotypes in society. The stigma attached to schizophrenia can also have a negative impact on the course and the outcome of the illness itself. The stigma associated with schizophrenia is just that: a stigma. It is not a rule, a life sentence, or the truth. The sooner we realize this the better off we will be. Having schizophrenia is nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed of. Mental illness is no different than a physical illness. Don't let other peoples ignorance dictate your recovery. Just be yourself and keep moving forward- far past the stigma.
- THERE IS NOTHING IN THIS WORLD THAT CAN TROUBLE YOU AS MUCH AS YOUR OWN THOUGHTS: In many cases overthinking is caused by a single emotion: FEAR. When you focus on all the negative thoughts that happen its easy to become paralyzed. For years, fear has controlled my life. The emotion that drives our "fight or flight" response managed to incorporate itself into the most simple aspects of my life. Something that is meant to be rewarding can be viewed as disheartening in a matter of seconds. Next time you sense that you are starting to spiral in a negative direction, STOP. Visualize all the things that can go right and do your best to keep those thoughts present and upfront.
- MANAGING ANXIETY: Lately I've had so much anxiety over things that are not in my control. It's debilitating. In order to feel better I try to separate myself from whatever it is that is causing me pain. I put it in a figurative box in my head and try to allow my thoughts to walk away from it. In order to sustain your mental well-being you need to learn to focus on things that are in your control.
- NEGATIVE SYMPTOMS: Sometimes the negative symptoms of my illness are the hardest to deal with. I feel hollow, empty, and less human than ever. Sometimes I feel like I've been stripped of all my emotions and my personality is gone. I used to wonder if these symptoms made me a monster but I'm starting to realize that these are just symptoms of my illness. They aren't easy to deal with but we will survive it. Just stay strong and remember that you are amazing and you are human. You just have a mental illness and your true self will come back to you in waves. Be patient.