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Hi, I have struggled with schizophrenia for 12 years now. Unfortunately, where I live in southern Maryland there are almost no resources, so I decided to join this forum for answers and help.

my illness has almost driven my family apart, but am hoping things get better. I will post more in a bit.

so, hello and cheers
 
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Welcome! Same diagnosis! Enjoy the forum! Sorry to hear about your family troubles.

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Thanks, it’s been rough but, I am trying to stay positive
It's especially hard during these times where we have social distancing. But I'm sure you can manage with some new resources even if you don't have support from your family. I finally got the support of mine, maybe I should bite my tongue but it's going really well. The forums always here to listen. *😁*
 
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Hi, I have struggled with schizophrenia for 12 years now. Unfortunately, where I live in southern Maryland there are almost no resources, so I decided to join this forum for answers and help.

my illness has almost driven my family apart, but am hoping things get better. I will post more in a bit.

so, hello and cheers
I have schizophrenia for 11 years. I live in the philadelphia area. Where there is a lot of resources and help for my mentall illness. Just stay connected with your psychiatrist and stay on your meds
 
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welcome metalman....i know sz is tough, are you on meds.....do you do CBT
 
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Hi and welcome metalman,

I also have schizophrenia for the last 10 years (well longer if you count the elongated prodrome )and still struggle with meds that don't really work.
 
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In the past I was on zyprexa, but the voices were near constant. Also, it made me fat . I am 6’2” tall and was 276 pounds or around 21 stone.

I do not do cod.

years later I am now on latuda, gabapentin, mirtanzapine and Cogentin.
I now do not even hear the voices everyday and days when I do it’s only one time for about 5 seconds.

Also, with better diet and lots of exercise I have lost over 80 pounds. I am now 195 lbs or around 14 stone.

So I am doing much better😁
And hello zero one , pastel kittens , Passion flower and karl7 thank you for your replies.

Passion flower I do hope things get better. I would suggest talking to doctor and trying a new medicine if your current one is not working. It may take a few times to get the meds right. It took 3 tries for me. I stayed on zyprexa for many years , even though it wasn’t working well because here in southern Maryland the nearest psychiatric doctor is 90 miles away. So, it was scary to change meds with Help so far away.
I hope things get better for you, hang in there!
 
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Dear Africa Johnson, thanks for your post. I have visited Philadelphia 5 or 6 times and love it in that area. Every time I go is a fun time! Glad to hear there is more resources in that area and wish I could move there!

cheers, metalman5
 
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