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Breakthrough symptoms

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Hey gentle folks,
I’ve been having breakthrough symptoms (voices and paranoia) despite medication and therapy. I’ve been trying to ignore them and carry on business as usual, but I’ve found myself really exhausted. I’ve literally been sleeping ridiculously long hours. I see my psychiatrist in a few weeks (can’t get in any sooner I tried).
My question is, what’s the longest you’ve gone without any schizophrenia symptoms? Other than meds and therapy, what works for you? I’ve been trying to get out in my community more, but since finishing my course, I’ve fallen in a slump and only seem to get out for three hours per week when a support worker comes. I did try last weekend to get out only to be set back because of the bushfires. Ever since then too my voices tell me I’m an arsonist and to turn myself in, though I’m innocent. I told my psychologist about this and she said I’m definitely not to blame. I was three hours drive away when the fire broke out. She has recommended reality checking.
 
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Hi vanish sorry your struggling hopefully its just a blip and will soon be over. I think you really need try to make the effort to get out a bit more. I know that can be easier said than done when your feeling low.
About psychosis. I havnt had an episode of psychosis for almost nine years now and i have come off my antipsychotics. But have kept on all other meds . Fortunately for me ive only had a few really bad episodes so I’m not overly worried(cos worrying can make it worse) i still have voices but ive learned to ignore them and there just a faint chattering but they are louder when I’m outside for some reason. Probably cos my anxiety is higher.
I do think it’s important to keep yourself busy and your mind occupied. I know you’ve just finished a course but have you thought about doing some of the free online courses that you can . They dont really qualify you for anything but you may learn a new skill and keep yourself occupied at the same time
 
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Actually believe it or not Daffy, I’ve been doing free courses through the open university. At the moment I’m about to begin Introductory Psychology via Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Like you say, they don’t actually qualify myself for anything but they are interesting all the same.
I hope it’s just a blip too.
Wow life without antipsychotic meds? I’d like to get there one day.
 
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I have to be honest and say i came off them without permission and my CPN still thinks I’m on them. But i did have good reasons for coming off and i took 18 months to do it
 
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Ah gotcha Daf! Mums the word!
I don’t think I’ll ever get completely off meds as my gp has warned me if I don’t show up consistently at her office for my depot, she would have to contact my psychiatrist. It’s a bit restrictive being on the depot and it’s not like I’m on an order. I volunteered though as it was pretty much a last ditch attempt to keep me stable as possible, seeing as clozapine was a disaster.
 
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