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Hi. I have been battling with schizophrenia for 5 years now. It is really hard. I have noone to relate to. I hear voices and I have frequent psychotic episodes. I was in a mental hospital for a couple of days but I was threatened by another pacient and I soon had to leave the hospital. I cannot find a job and I am still living at home. I am 30 years old. How do you manage?
I'm 51 years old and been struggling with schizophrenia for 25 years. I recommend researching your illness and recognize your triggers. Try to always keep a hopeful spirit, it gets better with age in my opinion. Try not to isolate, keep your love ones close especially close friends. You can't do it on your own, you will always need support. Find a good psych doc or psych nurse, one who will listen to you. Be kind to yourself, knowing that you will have good and bad day's. get involved in a faith based church, that helped with me. You be the judge. Good luck 🍀.
 
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My story is very similar to burts. I worked up till early 30s and had a long period on benefits. I too have had this illness for 20+ years and have recently returned to work (7 years ago)

it definitely does get easier with age... although maybe it’s experience?
 
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i dont fight it.
Try and remember to take the meds daily and try to relax as often as i can and at times when it gets really bad, have certain things that completely distract me
 
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Hi. I have been battling with schizophrenia for 5 years now. It is really hard. I have noone to relate to. I hear voices and I have frequent psychotic episodes. I was in a mental hospital for a couple of days but I was threatened by another pacient and I soon had to leave the hospital. I cannot find a job and I am still living at home. I am 30 years old. How do you manage?
did you file for unemployment?
 
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unfortunately in this world you have to be aggressive to get what you want. file for unemployment at the time. that's what id do to help with money. it will decrease your stress and thus decrease your psychotic episodes. that'd be the first step. next step id see a psychiatrist. are you on antipsychotic?
 
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Its new to me, it started at 43....late age.

Still learning to cope with it but don't mind sometimes because my peskies (as I call them) are cute and funny. Sometimes nasty but I just ignore that.

I see them as being meanies, or meanie bums occassionally.

They are moody.
 
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I love them actually, they are special to me. They think they are archons/aliens and that I am their puppet...

They sound so cute sometimes
 
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But they wanted a narcissist and I am autistic...not what me precious peskies were looking for. It makes me feel sadness for them
 
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My story is very similar to burts. I worked up till early 30s and had a long period on benefits. I too have had this illness for 20+ years and have recently returned to work (7 years ago)

it definitely does get easier with age... although maybe it’s experience?
I dunno... i started out late in life. 42/3...
 
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i dont fight it.
Try and remember to take the meds daily and try to relax as often as i can and at times when it gets really bad, have certain things that completely distract me
I like playing with my voices, they amuse me....special little beggers that they are....cute
 
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Thank you for your answer. How do you cope with this illness on a day to day basis? How do you manage working? I have psychotic episodes which are similar in intensity and which really cause a lot of suffering to me when they happen. How can I manage them? Any advice is welcomed.
I just feel a need to cuddle everyone...I might be a bit irritating
 
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To the OP

Oh sweetheart, don't take the voices too personally.,
 
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